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Safe from the Past: A Story of Hope, Faith and Determination

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  37 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
"Riveting!", "Gripping", "A Motivational Tour De Force".

A kidnapping, the divorce of her parents, the loss of her father, temporary abandonment and extreme poverty are just some of the issues the author dealt with as a young child.

Her mother finally tells her she must go to college so she can break out of this cycle of poverty and hopelessness. But how can she when she h
Paperback, 138 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by P3 Press, The
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Feb 27, 2011 Jamie rated it it was amazing
This was a great book to read. This story covers the college years of Patricia Miller Mauro as she struggles to make end meet, help her family and better her future. From a life of poverty to an abusive stepfather and drunken mother. Young Patti struggles to get through school and help her mother and younger sister.

I loved the how the author describes the different situations she came across. They were very honestly portrayed. You can really get a good feel for what she went through. You can em
Chrystal Mahan
Jul 28, 2011 Chrystal Mahan rated it it was amazing
Everyone has a tale to tell, a story about the past that made them the person they are today. For some, like me, it is a horrible tale that you often wonder if it is really your life. I have spent much of my life feeling very alone. We often look to others for strength, support and sympathy. It is hard sometimes for someone who has never been through anything like you have to really understand the type of support you need. Although I hate that these are the types of things that bring people toge ...more
Freda Labianca
Jan 15, 2016 Freda Labianca rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspirational
Now I know why some people are so strong... it's what they live through.
Patricia's story is a fine example of just that. Her life made her stronger, and made her make wiser choices.
I couldn't imagine being forced by my parents to attend college, and then leaving me there alone with no help. It would also force you to be resourceful, or bad things would happen. Patricia used what life experience she had to help get her through it all. In the end it was the wisest thing she did.
I really enjoyed th
Nov 09, 2010 Kyle rated it it was amazing
I was a First Reads winner for this book. This is a very good book. It does show hope, faith and determination. It shows that if you think you cannot achieve something that you can keep on trying and find yourself actually achieving something you never thought you could achieve. It shows that you can acually change your past from happening again.
Wendy Hines
Jan 16, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
Patty tells us her story on how she grew up, survived and then thrived. Kidnapped from her mother when she was young by her Amish father, her mother wastes no time getting the courts involved and getting her two girls back.

But Patti and Kim aren't safe or well-kept. Their mother is on welfare and unemployed and the girls move from broken down apartment to broken down apartment. Then their mother meets Bill and thinks are looking up. Bill has his own business and a ranch-style home. The girls th
Laurie Carlson
“Safe From the Past” by Patricia Miller Mauro

This book is a memoir about the Author’s life.
This memoir shows us what an education will do for us. ALL young adults should read this memoir so they can learn what this author has lived through because her mother, a single parent, had no college education. Today, a college education is the only way to be able to obtain any type of job to be able to support one’s self, or even a family. It is vital to life today.
Any young adult not wanting to obtain a
Feb 23, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: won
This was a Firstreads win for me. :)

I really liked this book. It was a quick read (or would have been if I weren't already reading other books), inspiring, and just plain good. Only a couple of things bothered me, one being the author's repeating of her hardships. A lot. I do understand that her life was pretty horrible, but she repeated herself almost every chapter. Maybe it's because my childhood & parents weren't that great either, or maybe because I live in Memphis and am surrounded by t
Jul 22, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Author: Patricia Miller Mauro
Publisher: P3 Press
September 2010
ISBN: 978-1-933651-84-2
Genre: Self-help

Patricia Miller Mauro’s parents divorced when she was very young, and she was forced to go hungry when food stamps ran out. Used to the same and stigma of being poor, Patti could hardly imagine a better life. When her mother remarried, Patti’s step-dad and she didn’t get along. Patti was glad to leave home for college, but she worried about her sister and about how to pay
Aug 01, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"If you are ever afraid of doing something because you don't think you can do it, think of this: if it's a true and noble desire in your heart, and you do everything in your power to achieve the unachievable, people will stop and take notice. In a lot of cases, they will even help you. But you must have hope; you must have faith and you must have determination. The rest is magic." pg. xvi

To say that Patricia Mauro had a difficult, bitter road to travel is an understatement. There was poverty and
Aug 06, 2011 Andrew rated it it was amazing
In Safe from the Past, Patricia Miller Mauro wrote about her childhood and the reality she faced daily. Her mother was always struggling between jobs to provide for their family. Patricia’s real father wasn’t ever around growing up. Her mother eventually remarried and married Bill. Patricia felt she has to watch out for her sister. Bill and her mother would often drink and fight with each other. Patricia vowed to escape that life somehow and someway. Her mother always told her to follow her drea ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Valentina rated it liked it
An inspirational story about a woman who is able to get through the horrors of her childhood, this is a book that shows true resourcefulness and spirit. It was a quick, though not easy, read, that can be finished in an afternoon.
The story is set up in an interesting style, the years flying by swiftly, sometimes to a fault. We see the author’s domestic problems, the terrible ways she and her sister managed to survive through years of alcoholic parents. The way that Ms. Mauro manages to find stren
Aug 04, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patricia Miller Mauro’s book, Safe From The Past, is an inside look of her life of kidnapping, divorce, poverty, remarriage, control, alcoholism, abuse, and safety from her past. A mother’s desire for her daughters to escape the life she lived.

Patricia wrote it in first person, sharing her and her family’s life through dysfunction. It’s a great encouragement for children/teens in these situations to know that they can escape and make a better life for themselves. Though not always easy, God prov
Nov 06, 2010 Tyler rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads

I was fortunate enough to win this book in the First Reads giveaway. Safe from the Past is an inspiring story about hard word and determination. Patricia Miller Mauro just shows that no matter what your past, you can do anything you dream of. You can either follow the path of self pity or overcome obstacles and find success. In order to build a future however, you have to overcome your past. I like how she awknowledged her past, learned from it, and refused to follow in the same
Jul 24, 2011 Coranne rated it it was amazing
This was a powerful and short read! I will admit- I feel a little awkward commenting on someone's life. The author is a gifted writer. Although the book is on the brief side, she writes with skill and draws the reader into the book.

I was honestly horrified by everything she went through. I found myself cheering for the author when things would come through. Her story is a great testament to God's providence.

Although the book seems to be marketed towards a Christian readership- there is only a
Anna Andersen
Feb 04, 2014 Anna Andersen rated it really liked it
It was an easy read and Pat told her story on the effects of alcohol can have on a family.... it truly does impact everyone involved and abuse along with it is even more horrifying..... I am glad to read the story ends well. As she gets older I am glad she can escape on her own and find out the real world. It still is hard to hear of others effected by the addiction and feel helpless to help out. Great story of pressing on and not being afraid to ask for help when needed. God always provides. Lo ...more
Aug 04, 2011 Whitney rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. I picked it up and was done reading it in two hours! I found it to be incredibly interesting look into poverty and how to overcome it. My husband is a college student right now so I could relate to some of the hardships the author went through. It was a great read for me to see past my life and realize that we never know what others may go through. I hope that I am kind and can offer help to anyone in a similar situation. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Read ...more
Becky Gonzalez
Jan 08, 2011 Becky Gonzalez rated it it was amazing
Truy an amazing and inspirational story! Easy to read but with many layers. Ultimately resonated with me because of her underlaying faith that made the impossible a realtity for the author! She told her story so clearly and without clutter and was to relevent to my past challanges and current ones too! I highly recommend this book to really everyone. I especially want my kids to read this!
Jan 31, 2011 Sue rated it it was amazing
A wonderful inspiring book! A great read about a girl who has made it through a childhood of difficult times and abuse and created a wonderful and fulfilling life for herself. Driven by hope, faith and determination she beat the odds. I loved the book and look forward to another read by this author. BRAVO!
Anthony Michaels
Jan 20, 2011 Anthony Michaels rated it it was amazing
I could not put the book down. I think it is a great read. It is amazing what hope, faith and determination can do. Thanks for sharing your story.
Jerry Swanson
Jan 21, 2011 Jerry Swanson rated it it was amazing
This book is uplifting and well written. My wife and me were both truly inspired. I highly recommend it.
I loved this book
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Jan 10, 2011 Rachel Barr rated it it was amazing
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Patricia Miller Mauro worked in NYC’s financial district for thirteen years. She and her husband now live in Dallas, Texas, with their two children. During her time in NYC, Mauro wrote the article “A Tribute to My Mother” which was published in the Recovery Journal in ‘99. Her book is a continuation of that tribute and serves to spread the message that good news is on its way to those considering ...more
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