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On Writing The Personal Essay…


I’ve been doing a bit of personal writings for various submissions this month and have decided that I love it. Anytime you have a passion to inspire, motivate and empower another person on their ladder to success- go for it. In 2010, one piece I’d written ended up being selected for inclusion in When One Door Closes- A Reflection for Women On Life’s Turning Points. This women’s Book Series by Terri Spahr Nelson have garnered national attention.Yours truly had the pleasure of reviewing its 2nd book in the series, The Moment I Knew, in 2011 for my Clara54 readers…

Monday, I will be bringing an interview with the author herself! Yes, Terri has agreed to take a few questions and bring us up to date on her recent book tour, the book selection process and the submission deadline for inclusion in her 3rd book in the Reflection Series. It’s been a hectic week with writings, submissions, guest post inquiries, posting updates to my blogs and motivational site for women and working my nurse gig… and yet things seem to flow along quite well in the end:)

 Any personal writings on your agenda?

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Book Review-The Moment I Knew: Reflections from Women on Life’s Defining Moments


She was a child in the 60s living with a family of abusers. Her sexual abuse at the hands of her brothers would remain their secret. When a lady she admired for being strong willed and outspoken came to her rescue, she had to deny everything and keep the family secrets… 

The doctor gave her two choices: a. “You can stay home and wait for the miscarriage to complete” or,

 b. “You can come to the hospital in the morning for a D&C” an invasive surgery to clean the fetus from her womb…

He is sixteen, her only son and brother to her two daughters. They are  a loving family. He loves them and they love him. He has ADHD and they will always take care of him until the punch and that became “The Moment I Knew.”

The Moment I Knew: Reflections from Women on Life’s Defining Moments, is the 2nd book in Terri S. Nelson’s Reflections From Women Series. It is an awesome compilation of 3o women spanning the globe, who bravely share their essays and poems with other women and men on their journey to wholeness.

Some of the stories are heartbreaking. Some uplifting and all inspiring in their message of hope, renewal and growth. I remember when my essay was chosen for the premier book in the series, When One Door Closes: Reflections from Women on Life’s Turning Points, published in 2010. It’s a feeling of euporia and humility. As the women of The Moment I Knew can attest; Being among such brave and strong women from such diverse backgrounds, all coming together to share their journey, becomes a humbling experience.

The stories in The Moment I Knew draws the reader into the devastation of miscarriage. Death. Abuse. Diagnosed Illness. Divorce and Separation from family and culture… It also shows us the resilience of women, even when mired in weakness, indeciviseness and fear.

The Moment I Knew: Reflections from Women on Life’s Defining Moments is an easy read with 188 pages. It’s also a book that’s going to inspire you to keep going even in your darkest days. I truly kept these women stories in my mind long after finishing the book. The update about each author at the end of their essay is an added bonus. 

To purchase a copy of The Moment I Knew and the first book in The Reflections from Women Series, visit www.sugatpublications.com

 Thanks to Terri S. Nelson for providing a complimentary copy of The Moment I Knew for review.