Utterly mesmerising book. I found it impossible to put down, I was drawn in very quickly by the gripping tale and raw humanity of it. The later half of the book sees the author's journey of spiritual awakening, the life after the illness, and adventures through love. Incredibly powerful messages emerge as she learns and grows, I felt as though I was on the ride with her and it was beautiful. Some pages I immediately folded over at the corners, knowing that the truths in certain paragraphs were so powerful and that I would want to reread them again and again. Definitely one to read over and over, a book I will forever treasure. What an incredible woman Wendy is, truly inspirational.
"This is a story of love. It’s not though a story of a love in a singular form. It’s Wendy’s journey of discovering love in ALL it’s life changing forms.
It is also a story of risk. Of going out to the sharp edges and sometimes just about tipping over.
I am truly honoured and proud to be mentioned in the acknowledgement, though in all honesty I did incredibly little. I have read these pages many times, however, each time it’s a complete page turner. Once I had the actual, and very beautiful book, in my hands I was determined to save it until I was less busy and had some space to properly indulge. Forget that, I read it immediately, with hunger; it was new and fresh to me.
Each time I read it I reach another level of not just understanding Wendy’s discovery of life and how to live to fully; I know that I’m looking at my own. Wendy’s unlimited curiosity is infectious and through sharing her own story with often shocking honesty, I am able to learn new ways to, not only, From Vegas to the Pearly Gates: A gritty, true life account of love at its best and absolute worst.question my own existence and what I do with it but much more… ultimately, how I am able to ‘rinse every last drop out of it’ while at the same time ‘be’ how I want to be around others and the world around me. This is a book of big questions and an answer.
No matter how well I know some of the chapters, I confess I have my favourites. There are times when I am yelling “NOOOOOO Wendy, don’t do it!!!!” and times when I am laughing out loud. All of this is tantamount to her unending strength, courage and bravery, with a little bit of recklessness sprinkled over the top and her humour oozing everywhere.
It’s an engaging page turner and also a book to pick up, open a page at random and sink into a paragraph for inspiration on days when some support is welcome."
This is such an incredibly honest, raw and beautiful story of how a horrendous experience can bring pure joy and love. I couldn't put it down and know that I will go back to it again and again.
The connection was so deep that I was balling my eyes out with grief, and in a matter of pages was howling with laughter. I've never read a book that has made me do that before. A chuckle maybe, a tear perhaps, but this is such an authentic account that you are taken along for the ride as if you're sat in the seat with Wendy. And what a ride it is!