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Believe and It Is True: A Story of Healing and Life Lessons

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When the polio trauma strikes Deborah again, she discovers new, exciting ways to heal her body, emotions and spirit.
Paperback, 212 pages
Published March 16th 2012 by O Books
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Aug 27, 2013 Jennie - Webbweaver Reviews rated it it was amazing
Deborah Lloyd has written a very intimate story detailing her own healing journey which continues to this day. Her personal journal assisted with the details inthis book that will be an inspiration and perhaps a new avenue for many people to begin exploring.

Unexpectedly struck by polio at the tender age of three, Deborah overcame many obstacles to get where she is fifty years later. However, another unexpected diagnosis of post-polio syndrome sent her on a journey of discovery. She was determi
Carolyn Mathews
Jun 21, 2013 Carolyn Mathews rated it it was amazing
This is a poignant memoir of a woman who contracted polio at a tender age. We follow Deborah as she is drawn to the helping professions: as a psychotherapist, hospital social worker, and, subsequently, a holistic therapy practitioner. Along the way, in her quest for physical healing for her own condition, Deborah has treatment from an intuitive shamanic healer who also introduces her to Reiki. But this brings into question how she can square her traditional Catholic upbringing with her increasin ...more
G. Michael Vasey
Dec 08, 2013 G. Michael Vasey rated it really liked it
This charming and educational little book deals with the broadening of life’s horizons for a typical American couple and how this brought both healing and dramatic changes to their life. Deborah Lloyd tells the story through a series of chapters that track her life and the lessons that she has learned from it. Each chapter concludes with a short observation about how to live life based on her experiences. It is a pleasure to read as the story is told with an innocent excitement and joy of life t ...more
Eleanor Stoneham
Nov 13, 2012 Eleanor Stoneham rated it it was amazing
"When we say yes to God-given opportunities, then wonderful things happen." This is life-lesson 4 of 33 such lessons. There is one at the end of each short chapter, in this moving story of Lloyd's own healing journey, emotionally, spiritually and physically, from the wounds of crippling polio contracted when she was a pretty three year old to where she finds herself today, as truly blessed and called to bring the message of Divine Healing to others for a better world for us all.

Gandhi said that
Ram Batchelder
Sep 30, 2014 Ram Batchelder rated it it was amazing
“Believe and It Is True” is an inspiring real-life story of faith, courageous exploration and spiritual healing. As I read Deborah Lloyd’s life story, the numerous blessings she has received as she opened to new forms of spiritual healing seemed to flow right off the page and into my heart. She is surely the ideal author to introduce readers to the various aspects of New Age spirituality, for her sincere and humble voice instantly inspires trust. She grew up in a Catholic family, and although sh ...more
Jan Greene
Aug 18, 2013 Jan Greene rated it it was amazing
I have spent days trying to figure out how to write a review that does this book justice. I decided I am not going to go into a description of the book because the other reviewers have done a fine job of that.

Instead, I am going to focus on how the book affected me. One word that comes to mind is transformative. I may never be able to really articulate why this book affected me so strongly and deeply. But, I can share that while reading it, I found myself crying at times and feeling surges of en
Dielle Ciesco
Nov 24, 2012 Dielle Ciesco rated it really liked it
Believe It and It's True is the story of the author's personal journey of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. The author tells of her life-long challenges resulting from polio and her explorations for healing that include, among other things, Reiki and Shamanism, and the resulting miraculous changes that ensued...not only for her physical body but also for her mental and spiritual being. As she learns to honor her intuition and inner sight, she is able to more fully stand in her power as ...more
Helen Noble
Jun 02, 2014 Helen Noble rated it it was amazing
Other Peoples’ Shoes

What’s the saying?
‘Never judge another until you have walked a mile in their shoes?’
Reading Deborah’s personal insight into healing taught me how to write about sadness without eliciting pity, and how to describe personal challenges without invoking a sense of guilt in others. She describes how she accepted her fate of contracting polio in childhood and doing her best to get on with her life. With her own Catholic faith to comfort her; she chose a life of nurturing and helpin
Diane Davies
Feb 25, 2016 Diane Davies rated it it was amazing
As I read Deborah Lloyd’s story, I was intrigued by her use of a combination of western medicine and alternative holistic methods to find the healing she desired for her body, mind and soul as she struggled with polio as a toddler and then again with post-polio syndrome as an adult. Her story of healing and life lessons is inspired through her heartfelt, passionate and very personal style of writing. She allows her readers to witness her determination as well as her fears as she works to reconci ...more
Daniela Norris
Jul 28, 2014 Daniela Norris rated it it was amazing
We all have 'baggage' that we carry with us in life, and this author's baggage and main challenge was polio, which she contracted as a child. In this heartwarming biography/inspirational story she shares with readers how she found the courage to explore spiritual practices, from Reiki to shamanic healing, and more. In an attempt to follow her heart and discover - despite her catholic upbringing - that Spirit (or God, for those who prefer this more traditional term) can manifest in many untraditi ...more
Barbara Tako
Apr 09, 2015 Barbara Tako rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone seeking healing and growth
This is a Must-Read for Anyone Seeking Healing & Emotional/Mental/Spiritual Growth

Deborah’s story is insightful and compelling. I enjoyed and learned from her thirty-three life lessons, and I appreciated how her story unfolded to reveal each lesson at the appropriate time. I personally plan to investigate Reiki and yoga for myself because of reading this book. I really appreciated the variety of healing modalities that the author explored and shared here. If you are feeling “stuck” and hinde
C.K. Webb
Sep 05, 2013 C.K. Webb rated it it was amazing
Deborah Lloyd has written a very intimate story detailing her own healing journey which continues to this day. Her personal journal assisted with the details in this book that will be an inspiration and perhaps a new avenue for many people to begin exploring.

Unexpectedly struck by polio at the tender age of three, Deborah overcame many obstacles to get where she is fifty years later.

However, another unexpected diagnosis of post-polio syndrome sent her on a journey of discovery. She was deter
Elizabeth Brewer
Nov 21, 2015 Elizabeth Brewer rated it it was amazing
Deb walks the reader through her intense struggles with polio as a toddler and then again with post-polio syndrome as an adult. We witness her determination as she puts aside her conservative upbringing and opens herself to some very alternative therapies.

There's nothing like reading a story by someone who understands something as intimately as Deb understands disability, the emotional toll it takes, and the struggle to heal. I have dealt with my own body structure issues and in reading her boo
Letty Chihoro
Nov 15, 2013 Letty Chihoro rated it it was amazing
This is a very moving autobiography which takes you on the author’s journey of physical, emotional and spiritual healing. She was struck by polio at the age of 3 and grew up feeling ugly and unlovable. In spite of these feelings she always knew that she would get married and have children of her own. She did. She believed and it was true.

However, she still felt ugly. Her intense desire was for complete healing so that she could walk like everyone else and wear any style of shoe. Through chance
Melissa Escaro
Dec 21, 2014 Melissa Escaro rated it it was amazing
Believe and It Is True shares Deborah Lloyd's personal journey of transformation and healing from an intimate personal perspective. The life lessons that she shares at the close of each chapter are universal to anyone who is in the process of change and these words will inspire and empower those who think they are alone on their journey of transformation. Deborah's story creates a universal connection, whether there are similar circumstances or not, as we all are seeking some level of healing an ...more
Jun 09, 2014 Danielle rated it it was amazing
A deeply personal story of healing and the power of the mind. I was engrossed from the very first page.
The author recounts her journey from the age of 3 being struck with polio through to her diagnosis as an adult with post-polio syndrome and beyond.
Told in short, manageable chapters with a nugget of wisdom at the end of each, Believe and It is True is an inspirational account of what is possible if one is willing to go deep enough.
Ms. Lloyd's bravery in sharing her story helped me personally a
Vivek Rajan Vivek
Apr 13, 2014 Vivek Rajan Vivek rated it it was amazing
An Incredible Story

Books like this should be read by everyone. It's not just a source of learning but a source of hope, faith and inspiration for millions out there who are going through similar circumstances.

The story of a woman who keeps getting better and better (from a serious ailment) when the rest keep getting worse can be described as a miracle. What's encouraging is that it’s not one of those instant one minute ramen noodle type miracles where you drink or eat something and you're back
Sep 07, 2015 Angie rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be wonderfully healing and helpful on my own journey. It was very inspiring and I loved Deborah's authentic way of telling her story of healing. She shares the difficulties and internal hurdles that she faced on her path and also shares the insights she gained. She teaches us how to trust the healing process itself as she takes us on her journey. I was especially inspired by her sharing of the conflict she found within herself of her traditional faith and her new found spiri ...more
S. Harrell
Deborah Lloyd shares a well-written modern personal account of shifting spirituality. Many now feel called to something more than their birth religions, perhaps even beyond them. Lloyd gives a great account of what that transformation looks like, amidst intense trauma and life change. She artfully shares her own story of moving from organized religion without abandoning its core values, as she explores and eventually embraces wider spirituality.

If you love stories of human triumph, or want insig
Amy Scher
Apr 24, 2013 Amy Scher rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Having chronic illness in my past, Deborah's story hit especially close to home. I couldn't believe the trauma that happened to her family, just in the first part of the book. I was bracing myself for the next thing as I turned each page. But, the way this author moved through that and transformed her journey made up for it. I love how she followed the path that felt right to her and ultimately came out shining. I highly recommend this book!
Mariah McKenzie
Jun 19, 2016 Mariah McKenzie rated it it was amazing
What a sweet and inspiring book--so easy to read! I appreciated how the story started out slow and just kept building momentum, pointing to increasing synchronicities and divine magic as Deborah forayed into new and unfamiliar healing territory (reiki and shamanic energy healing) and began to trust her own intuition. Deborah shows us beautifully and first hand that it is possible to change stubborn conditioned paradigms, even one as seemingly concrete as "crippled polio girl."
Chris Lemig
Aug 04, 2014 Chris Lemig rated it it was amazing
A moving story of healing and taking charge of your own happiness and personal growth. So often, we find ourselves suffering and not knowing how to make a change in our lives. Deborah's story of facing all the challenges in her life (and empowering herself in the process) is an inspiration for all. Highly recommended!
Jun 02, 2012 Vincetastic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really insightful look into alternative healing methods. The book is a very quick read as it details many of the experiences of the author in a page turning way.
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Deborah Lloyd is a Reiki Master and certified holistic therapy practitioner. She also is a licensed clinical social worker, working with a hospice agency in Asheville, NC. She grew up on a farm in rural Indiana and was stricken with polio at the age of three. To relieve fatigue from post-polio syndrome, she learned Reiki. This complementary technique led her to explore other alternative modalities ...more
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