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Held Together: A True Story of Love's Victory

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In January of 2014, Joshua Tree's beloved village herbalist, Jenny Q. suddenly became seriously ill and rapidly descended into a coma with slender chance of survival. The shock of this news initiated an overwhelming outpouring of love, wit, service, practical magic and sharing of spiritual wisdom between those in her intimate desert community. Indeed it seemed that the ent ...more
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Published June 1st 2018 by BookBaby
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Angela Thompson
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Held Together is indeed a story of Love's victory. Often, a memoir is written from the author's point of view and holds his or her memories of events and details. Held Together is composed of many viewpoints--often as the teller recounts memories and emotions of similar or same events as a shared memory teller. The format of this novel blends the thoughts, pain, courage--and roller-coaster emotions of the main character's community and support system into a story of allowing the force of love to ...more
Marilyn Wilson
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is in some ways hard to review because it truly unique in terms of how it is written and there are many, many layers of the human experience it explores.

The main story line is both simple and frightening - Jenny Q goes in for a minor surgery and by the next day is fighting for her life. A serious infection has taken hold that only has a 5% survival rate. Her journey through this abyss is told through short personal remembrance notes, songs and poetry written by herself, her friends, he
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Lisa Holloway
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is a powerful story. Jenny Q is an amazing, strong woman who loves life. I don't want to write too much because I believe it is best to read the words of those who experienced this first hand.

The book is a compilation of the thoughts and accounts of Jenny Q, her family members, her close friends, and other people in her life. Individuals share what their feelings were when they heard Jenny was extremely ill, what they did, their views on seeing Jenny after she is out of the hospital, a
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LAWonder10
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Held Together is a Truly incredible story of Jenny Q. and her baffling, excruciating plight after what was a minor surgery.
It is also am awe inspiring book of community support, as well as the support of friends and family.
it is incredible to realize how one individual affected so many lives.
This story is also a testament to how two conflicting groups can unite in one purpose.
There are a couple of statements in her story that I feel especially resolutely about:
#1.) "I believe the power of love
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Cheryl
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
At first I was not sure if I liked the format of this book. It is told through a series of voices of people in Jenny's life from her family, friends, community members, and Jenny herself. Each person recounts how they are connected to Jenny from short one page moments to several pages long. Yet, the more I found myself reading this book; the more I realized that I really enjoyed this format. It brought me closer to Jenny as well her story. Additionally, everyone who shared their stories were gre ...more
Monica Kelly
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A riveting true story about the power of love and the strength of community

A powerful and true story of human will. The power of love and the value of community. Held Together: A True Story of Love’s Victory give you a new look on life, teaches you, guides and makes you want to be a stronger more supportive person.

Held Together is a beautiful journey through prayer, illness, love, and gratitude, the words in the memoir is Jenny Q, however, the voice is of the community. The poetry is emotional t
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Jessica
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The power of family love, support and endless friendship

Reading a true story book is always a treasure book to read for me. It is different from fiction. Held Together captures my heart in so many ways. The power of family love and endless support when time is not your side is remarkable and inspiring.

When your footstep is closed to death and sometimes it seems like your body wants to give up but the undying love of everybody that surrounds you lift up your spirit to fight and survive. This b
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Amanda Shepard (Between-the-Shelves)
Typically, I don't necessarily gravitate toward nonfiction titles, but when I noticed this in the iRead Book Tour List, my interest was piqued. At first glance, the story seemed really engaging, personal, and emotional; all things that I like in my fiction books, so I thought this nonfiction book would be a refreshing change. I definitely wasn't disappointed.

The best aspect of this book was the changing narrators. Though it took me a few chapters to truly get into the story and layout what was g
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