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One of the most inspirational books of the century. A must read for everyone. An incredible true story!
Two factors motivate this unusually inspiring novel based on the true life of Ann DeaneTeal. The first one being the desperation and despair that this ‘girl next door’ felt. The other is her need for survival.
Devastating would describe most of the men in her life. Her father and three husbands cause immense turmoil that is totally unbelievable for one person to endure. Mental and physical abuse, murder and drug rings weave an intriguing tale. After the murders of her two young children and the ensuing threats on her life by her psychopathic husband, she is placed in a ‘mini witness protection program’ where the FBI encourages her to buy a pistol and trains her to ‘shoot to kill’.
Two rare life-threatening brain surgeries are chief among her many never ending health problems. Her unshakable faith in God and her sheer will in the face of adversity is the cornerstone of this book. You share her heartaches, hopes, and her dreams as she struggles to overcome these obstacles. This is probably the most inspirational story of the century and a must read for everyone.
The following morning after the funeral, I was totally exhausted. I felt as though I could sleep for a week. It must have been around 10 a.m. and the doorbell rang. "Mrs. Daniel, we'd like to speak with you and your husband. May we come in?" Two men in sheriff's uniforms were standing before me asking to come in. What now. Was someone's dog loose again? We quickly found out it was no dog problem. They came to take us down to headquarters in the questioning of our daughter's death.
Carey and I were in the back seat of the sheriff's car and this was a totally new experience for me. There was what looked like a 'sawed off' shotgun mounted in the middle of the front seat, and there was a mesh looking metal divider between them and us. The men didn't talk to us at all, but Carey was talking non-stop to me. After all that had happened in the last few days, I was completely amazed and numb. The excitement of Brynda's birth, mama and Mike's marriage, Brynda's shocking death...I had tried to be strong, but this was just about more than I could stand. I was totally numb. The tears rolled down my face and I didn't even have a purse with me.
"Ann Deane, listen to me. We have to talk before we reach headquarters". What was Carey talking about? As far as I was concerned, there was nothing to say. Besides that, I was scared to open my mouth, with the officers armed and that gun just a few feet away. "Ann Deane, don't tell them you left the house when the baby died. That wouldn't look good to say you had left the baby."
No Time For Tears...:
A Walk Through Life With Ann Deane Teal
By Kellee Stone
Three stars (out of Five)
"A one-in-a-million thing had happened again," Kellee Stone writes. "My babies were gone from my life forever and so was the house." Stone's alter ego, the barely fictionalized Ann Deane Teal, suffers through unthinkable loss in her early twenties, almost certainly at the hands of a husband later certified as
psychopathic, but fmds the inner iron necessary to move ahead. After her savings account is audaciously funneled away to fmance grandiose adultery, she frames her injury with perspective,
saying, "...God had his reasons and purposes for these awful events in my life. Some you never understand, but you learn to accept them." This Christian faith is rarely referenced overtly; Ann Deane's resilience is in good part derived from an innate sense of bedrock worthiness which
cruelty cannot extinguish. Though her early childhood is discussed, including a philandering father who runs a
hardware store and impregnates a teenage neighbor before departing, the book's focal period commences with the onset of adulthood, and runs from the 1960s through the 1990s. Her mother,Elaine, approves of a relationship with a man eleven years older than Ann Deane's naive sixteen.
This obviously bad call is the catalyst for a long string of disappointments. Ann Deane grows up not far from Columbia, South Carolina, moves on to Atlanta, and finally heads to Virginia for reasons of employment.
By the time complicated brain surgeries become imperative in the late 1980s, Ann Deane is preoccupied with the affiictions and domestic problems of others. With an even temperament
and ajob at the phone company, she refuses to let medical trouble keep her homebound longer than need be.
So what gets this industrious, indomitable, family-oriented woman down? Chronic conflict with ugly-acting adult stepchildren, one of whom, Ann Deane writes, "...lied about
nearly everything and every part of her life." Only when writing of her third husband's offspring does the granite-firm poise suggest slippage: "...she almost destroyed our marriag~ur
wonderful marriage." Somehow a stepdaughter's depressive neuroticism appears less forgivable than her first husband's infanticide (two of their children died at his hands). In all other situations, Ann Deane retains unflappability. Heightened tension, imminent risk of physical
danger, and dreadful tragedy crowd into the first half of the book. Closer to the end, where a climax is expected, concerns decompress from earthshaking betrayal to more pedestrian grousing. Real lives rarely fit into standard literary structure, so the early peak shouldn't be a deterrent to further reading, but the impact isn't what it could be.
A growing cloud of transitionary books with content obscuring the fiction / memoir boundary is washing over mildly confused cataloging librarians. This book is part of that cloud
because of concern over possible retribution from the wildly disturbed first husband, and the privacy of more benign individuals. No Time For Tears shares the pain and wising-up of a
woman who weathered uncommon suffering and emerged ready to pursue a quieter existence.
Simply inspirational (Rating 5 av 5)
This book is inspirational from start to finish. Ann Deane never gets through with one thing until another challenge comes along. Her faith is constantly tested, and yet she seems to endure all of these things, even the deaths of her children, in an accepting manner. Her husbands, drug rings, and other family problems never get her down for long. Her faith in God always seems to keep her from falling apart. No one can read this book without being inspired.
Cannot wait for the sequel.
Reviews for "No Time For Tears...A Walk Through Life with Ann Deane Teal"
|Reviewed by John Domino
|Inspirational? Yes indeed you are!
Thanks for sharing,
|Reviewed by Kellee Stone
|Also appears in soft cover for $19.49. I will update as soon as possible on this site. KS|
|Reviewed by Linda Newton Perry
|Bad things do happen to good people. Happy writing. Enjoyed the excerpt.|
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