[Book Review] Willful Evolution: Because healing the heart takes strength by Janice Beetle

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By Janice Beetle

A sequel to her first book, Divine Renovations, in which she tells the story of being laid off from her job while caring for her husband in his final days with two teenaged children to raise, Janice gives us the rest of the story. This is the story of rebuilding and coming back from devastating life events. In this follow-up book, she talks about travel, using yoga to build her mental and physical strength, and starting two businesses. She also includes some humorous tales of dating again.

This is a wonderful example of human resiliency in the face of incredible challenges. Beetle provides a very real, and at times raw, account of reinventing herself. I found the writing engaging, like sitting down with a good friend and hearing her tell her story. Beetle truly holds nothing back and shows remarkable strength in letting the reader into her emotions, even the dark ones.

In the end, this story is heart-warming and full of hope.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Janice Beetle

My mind is full of book ideas, and I work to bring them to life as I am able. My first memoir, Divine Renovations: A Carpenter, His Soul Mate, and Their Story of Love and Loss, was published by Off The Common Books in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 2012. I have a second memoir, Willful Evolution: Because healing the heart takes strength, coming soon, and my first work of fiction is in the works.

In addition to developing my own books, I help people to bring their book idea to the book shelf–and the book store through Janice Beetle Books. My work is helping people with a story in their hearts and minds. I also bring my 15-year career reporter background to my work in my PR business, Beetle Press, through which I craft press releases and marketing pieces for organization leaders that translate into news stories and on-air time in media.

I live life to the fullest. I take time to travel and spend time in warm places in the winter months. I boat and kayak in the summer, and play with my grandchildren, enjoy my daughters, and read and relax all year long.

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