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 book is gritty all right. An unusual combination of a love story and a spiritual journey. I read it over the holdiay period to relax to and it is a real page turner. I knew some of Wendy's story before I read the book, but now I know her even more and she has even more of my admiration. Both she and Ro and her family were so brave throughout her illness, and the happy ending makes this book and their lives perfect.
You will learn the true meaning of love to Wendy and Ro and maybe also,learn what love can be about for yourself. I feel as if I have had glimpse into a very private life and I admire Wendy's courage in putting this experience on paper, if only to share with the world the true meaning of Miracles.
Don't hesitate to read this book. It will warm the very cockles of your heart.
I first came across Wendy Harrington through watching her calming and uplifting videos on YouTube, while studying for my final university exams.
After being inspired by her videos, I was impressed to learn that she had also written a book! I immediately bought it and couldn't help but spend the entire day reading the whole thing, without stopping. I ended up finishing the book at a time way past midnight, when I really should have been fast asleep!
Wendy takes the reader on a real journey filled with so many memorable moments and so many twists and turns that you might easily forget that "Wendy Harrington" is actually a REAL person, and that each of the people mentioned in her book have actually gone on the journey with her.
Wendy's story is the very embodiment of the wonders that can emerge if you champion faith and hope , and most importantly, if you let LOVE lead the way. In the midst of already immense despair, Wendy faced such a relentless onslaught of setbacks and challenges that, at times, you might find yourself shedding a tear for her, and also her brave family members who did their best to support her along the way.
The running theme of the story: an indestructible bond with a key character - was a highlight of this book for me, because it reminds us that an invisible thread connects those who are meant to be together, regardless of time, place, and circumstance - as the saying goes, "the thread may stretch or tangle... but it will never break.”
Finally, if you are searching for meaning, or even just an inspirational figure with an honest, and great story to tell, you can definitely find that in Wendy Harrington, after reading "From Vegas to the Pearly Gates".
In the face of death, Wendy found life, and her gift back to the world is that she is now helping people find theirs too.