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I was only planning to read the prologue - it was a busy day prepping for my daughter's birthday - but by chapter 7, I realized this was one of THOSE books. You know the ones - the story enfolds you from the start. They get under your skin. They change your life lens. They challenge you. You tell everyone you know that they "HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK" and then you feel guilty for being the person you hate, but this book is that grand exception. Seriously. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK. The incredible ...more
I loved this book. Compelling story of addiction, hope and recovery. Plus fascinating and deeply moving stories about the lives of elephants. You will love the way the author weaves theses two worlds together and you won’t want to put the book down. Can’t wait for book 2 as there is surely so much more to share. Wonderful!!
The Will of Heaven is a read you can't put down... you can't stop thinking about....and it will stay with you long after you are done reading. As a person who is drawn to real life stories... the story of Debbie Ethell is one not many (if any) can say they have lived. I love how the book intertwines with her fight to sobriety and her commitment in fighting for the elephants who ultimately helped her find her way to freedom. The parallels of love and fight create a lasting impression. This is a b ...more
This book was one of the BEST books I've read in a long time!!! I couldn't put it down everytime I sat down to read it. The way Debbie writes made it feel like I was right there with her seeing all of the elephants and feeling what she was feeling each time. Even when she wrote about her revovery journey I felt the pain and joy as well. What an inspiring story!! I can't wait for books #2 & 3!!!
This is a book I just could not put down. On the one hand it is Debbie Ethel’s brutally honest account of her journey through alcoholism which she tells with such frankness but also humor. On the other hand she tells an absolutely fascinating story about elephants. I never realized how intelligent they are and how they help each other in ways none of us could ever have imagined. This book is my unexpected gem of the year.
I don't remember the last time a book made me cry. I don't remember the last time I read a memoir that I couldn't put down. The Will of Heaven, by Debbie Ethell, managed to do both. Her story of overcoming a debilitating addiction to alcohol and fulfilling a lifelong dream of working with wild elephants is nothing less than extraordinary.
Ethell fell in love with elephants when she was eight years old. She saw an interview with Daphne Sheldrick, founder of the David Sheldrick Wildlife ...more
This was a spell inducing read. Debbie captures her obsession with Elephants, obsession with drugs and alcohol and her life recovery cycles with a depth of vision not usually experienced by new or experienced writers. He story details a life of living and living a life that creates goals, aspirations and objectives dreamed and achieved while fighting a plethora of demons. I understand alcoholism. I understand it's codependents actors and its actions. Debbie does too. And she expresses it as well ...more
Debbie Ethell’s storytelling grabbed a hold of me and didn’t let go. When I read the parts of her personal journey, I felt she was actually trusting the reader with her story, that she had faith in us where she could be so raw and honest. And when she shared stories of the elephants, I took turns crying in happiness and grief. I’m really looking forward to reading the next books in the series and hopefully hearing more about the KOTA Foundation!
I am almost done with this book and can’t put it down! The woven story lines are intertwined very well. I have cried as I have learned so much more about elephants then I ever knew. The journey she went through in overcoming addiction is a compelling one. You almost feel like you are on this journey with her. It’s a must read and full inspiration.
A really good author will take you someplace you have never been before. Show you things you didn't see before. Expose you to new understandings. Debbie does this and more. She opens you to a world of sentient beings not so different than ourselves and brings you into that world and ties it back to ours.
I loved it. Two thumbs up.
I loved it. Two thumbs up.
Ms. Ethell's book took me away on the first page. I was on an adventure to Africa and to her struggle with a disease and coming out on the other side. A page turner that keeps you glued to the next page. A book you will not be disappointed in. Light hearten but serious at the same time. I was sad for the book to end. I wanted more! Trust me and get the book!
What an extraordinary story. Debbie inspires with her commitment to caring for herself and for the elephants - her elephants. This amazing book guides the reader into the suffering worlds of both the elephants and the alcoholic. Humbling and touching. Please read it - you won't be disappointed.
This is Debbie Ethell's debut and first book in a three-part WILL OF HEAVEN book series. She is also a conservation research scientist and currently works as the Executive Director of The KOTA Foundation for Elephants, a non-profit dedicated to educating people about the magic of elephants.