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Appreciating Angels: Sarahs Story: Inspiring heart warming story of human strength despite adversity [Kindle Edition]

Sally Asling
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Appreciating Angels is a harrowing, yet heart-warming account of Sarah’s life story transitioning from an adolescent teen to a young woman. Sarah’s experiences of rape, self harming, anorexia and bulimia draw the reader on a dramatic and moving journey which captures the attention from the moment you turn the first page.

It is hard to imagine that anyone could emerge from such a process sane, never mind with the intelligence and bravery to share her story. Despite the frightening events of her youth, Sarah's spirit is powerful and a testament to the strength of human energy in the struggle against adversity.

Sarah's story is a reminder to us all that challenges are placed in our paths to help us grow and evolve. Along the way, if we listen and pay attention, we are never far from angels and true love.

Appreciating Angels will take you on a powerful journey demonstrating pain, loss, love, self discovery, intimacy, friendship and a deep appreciation for the people who cross our paths and touch our hearts.

“The pain of unrequited love, as seen from both sides …” Despite the frightening events of her youth, Sarah’s spirit is powerful and a testament to the strength of human energy in the struggle against adversity. Sarah’s Story is a reminder to us all that challenges are placed in our paths to help us grow and evolve. Along the way, if we listen and pay attention, we are never far from guides and angels … and true love. Appreciating Angels, will take you on a powerful journey demonstrating pain, loss, love, self discovery, intimacy, friendship and a deep appreciation of the people who cross our paths and touch our hearts.

“I’ve never read anything like this, thank heaven for its publication. With brutal honesty Sarah conveys the truth about her teenage and student life. Parts of which I’m sure many will relate to on one level or another. This is a lesson in forgiveness and letting go.”

“Appreciating Angels has had a profound effect on me, drawing up emotions and memories. It has simultaneously brought a lump to my throat and filled my heart to overflowing.”

“This book will reach many people – parents, daughters, sons, friends – listen and watch those around you who may be crying out for warmth, a hug and understanding – we can all learn to be Angels to one another as Sarah so beautifully shows us.”

Authors Note 2014: It was always the intention that by sharing Sarah's Story, it would help others either by the subject content itself or by the royalties on every sale. All proceeds from this book will be gifted to B@ttitude - charity number 1140398 - an organisation that was set up through love to meet the needs of others and support them in a caring community helping people realise their dreams. For more information of the work of B@ttitude see their website: http://www.batitude.org/about-us

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Appearing Angels is incredibly easy to read, but this doesn t mean that it is an easy read. The author deals with subjects that for many sheltered middle Englanders are the stuff of nightmares: a violent teenage gang rape, anorexia, difficult parent-daughter relationships, bulimia, alcoholism and drugs. That Sarah is still here to tell the tale is testament to her sheer strength of character. From the illicit girls night out that unravelled so drastically the book moves quickly through her teenage life and despite it dealing quite explicitly with some harrowing subjects, I just couldn t put it down. Sarah has threaded the angels in her life beautifully through this book and it is this element which stops this feeling like misery-lit and turns it into quite something else. Twenty-four hours on from finishing the book I m still thinking about it and the questions the book raises. It s a brave book. There are plenty of scenes which don t paint Sarah in a flattering light far from it. And yet through Sally Asling has told, what feels like, a very balanced story. I also don t feel a sense of poor me which you so often get from books of this genre. And frankly, Sarah would be entitled to take more than a little tea and sympathy, she has had a tough life. Appreciating Angels: Sarahs Story is absolutely compelling, thought provoking, harrowing and encouraging all in one. Well worth a read -- --Fiona Humberstone, Founder, Flourish Print and Design

This book was so powerful to read I had to stand up while reading it. I was on a flight to Chicago and I found it so moving, so honest, so real, and so sad that I went to the back of the aeroplane crying my eyes out. I have led a sheltered life, I have never knowingly come into contact with anyone who has experienced the challenges Sarah had and survived such pain. You have given me an education and the ability to me more empathetic and understanding when people appear to be destructive, yet it is them-self they are trying to destroy. I am proud to have been this close to Sarah through her story. Congratulations on such a compelling book. --Penny Power, Founder, Ecademy

I ve never read anything like this, thank heaven for it s publication. With brutal honesty Sarah conveys the truth about her teenage and student life. Parts of which I m sure many will relate to on one level or another. This is a lesson in forgiveness and letting go. Appreciating Angels has had a profound effect on me, drawing up emotions and memories. It has simultaneously brought a lump to my throat and filled my heart to overflowing. This book will reach many people parents, daughters, sons, friends listen and watch those around you who may be crying out for warmth, a hug and understanding we can all learn to be Angels to one another as Sarah s Story so beautifully shows us. --Jackie Wlaker - Founder - Ugli

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A gripping tale, which holds you in it's palm and demonstrates that even in the darkest of moments, there is love to be found.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener 17 Mar. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a book which should be read by all those young people who are in that age bracket where they are beginning to venture out into nightclubs and urban nightlife. It explicitly highlights the dangers of binge drinking and the false sense of security which it can lull the individual into. In this particular instance, a young girl was brutally raped during her first ever visit to a club. This one night had a far reaching affect on her life for many years to come.

The book is an excellent snapshot of the culture of alcohol, substance and sexual abuse which is rife amongst vast swathes of the young today. The book asks the reader to consider key issues including anorexia, bulimia, self-harm, low self-esteem, sexual promiscuity and depression. The central character attempted to bury her ordeal instead of dealing with it at the time of the incident and as a result, got caught up in a whirlwind of psychological and physical health problems.

The book is extremely well written and I genuinely cared for the central character, Sarah. As she slipped deeper and deeper into a quagmire of abuse and health problems, I wanted to shout out and bring her back from the cusp of complete mental and physical breakdown. The story is one of an immense struggle in which the main protagonist had to cope with the effects of a brutal crime almost singlehandedly.

I was compelled to keep turning the pages, I wanted to discover what was going to happen to Sarah and therefore, the book is readable and very accessible. It is graphic, brutal, violent, but completely necessary reading. I wasn't overly enamoured with the new-age spiritualistic symbols and references which I encountered fairly frequently; but that was only a minor grumble and one which certainly does not detract from the book's overall message of silent suffering.

Buy it, read it, and if you think it appropriate, share it with a young person to highlight the dangers of urban nightlife.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tough but rewarding read 16 Aug. 2010
Format:Paperback
A brutal, startlingly honest account of one young woman's life journey. From a shock encounter in her youth to the final resolution, we see the triumph of hope and belief over pain and hurt. Sarah's story will take you to places you may wish you had never been, but stay with her, as you will also discover the magic of angels who come into our lives at just the right moment. Maybe, like Sarah, you will be surprised to discover the angel in you, and know how you too can change the lives of others in the best possible way. Looking forward to the next two stories in this trilogy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing, yet life affirming 30 Nov. 2011
By bluecat
Format:Kindle Edition
Appreciating Angels is the story of Sarah, whose life is changed suddenly and dramatically by a traumatic event while she is still in her teens. Unable to deal with the emotional fallout, she embarks on a rollercoaster of self-destruction, gaining control in the only way she feels able - through anorexia, self harm and alcohol.

Though the subject matter sounds thoroughly depressing, this is actually an amazingly positive book and what shines through is Sarah's strength, and how she touches the lives of those she comes into contact with. Those people, in turn, have a profound effect on Sarah for varying reasons, and the fact that we catch up with these characters at the end is a nice addition to the book.

It is a well written, emotional read and the kind of book that stays with you long after you have read it. I have already downloaded the second book and will look forward to the third when it is published.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read - Definitely worth downloading 23 Oct. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I picked this book as it has some good reviews, I liked the cover and it was reasonably priced on Kindle. :) I wasn't sure what to expect but this book held me right from the start. It is written by the author but actually tells the real life story of another woman 'Sarah' who went through an real ordeal as teenager. I found it startling to read what happened to this teen, the abuse and the eating disorders that followed. It says the book is part of a series so I will be looking out for the next book as I'd like to find out what happens next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one tale that just had to be told 19 Oct. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Appreciating Angels is one of those books which you will read in one sitting. On one level it's a harrowing tale of a girl's transition from adolescent to adulthood. On a whole other level, it's a heartwarming reminder that at all times our guarding angels are never far away (whatever that might mean to you).

To say any more about the plot would give too much away. If you are or have suffered from low self worth, self-abuse or external abuse of any nature, this book will lift your spirit but take you on a bit of a harrowing journey in the process.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an Incredible Book 14 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Reading this Book made me want to squeeze my daughters really tight, and remind them every day of have special they are and how much they are loved, This book makes me cry for Young Sarah, and want to go back and tell her that she is special and loved.

This was such an emotive book, i read it in one session, everything else was ignored for the day!!, some parts i couldnt read as it was so real and upset me and made my tummy go all tight, but reading sarahs journey is very inspiring!xx

very reccomended, i would give it a 10/10 if i could!xx
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Appreciating Angels Review by ET 13 Aug. 2010
By ET
Format:Paperback
This story must have been difficult to to relate both by Sarah and by Sally. It is nevertheless uplifting in that it indicates triumph over adversity in a large measure. I have come across cases with varying degrees of similarity within my professional capacity where outcomes have indicated that spiritual strengths support us.

I wish Sarah well for the future in the knowledge that, through this book, she will continue to inspire others in time of need and compassion.
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