Book Review: "Overcoming the Hand You Were Dealt"


Dealing with (and overcoming) the hand you're dealt. That's something I struggle with. I'm always looking for what's next, and I'm often sulking in my "now." 

"Overcoming the Hand You Were Dealt" by Kisha Taylor recounts the life journey of a woman called Deja'. As you read about the highs and lows of her experiences, you can be sure to find a little life lesson or two somehow applicable to your own experience(s), both past and present.

The writer is clearly very passionate and personal throughout the entire book. The tone is informal. In a way, reading "Overcoming..." is like having a conversation with a good friend who isn't afraid to be blunt and honest about life, which is always welcome, let's be real. 

There's a lot of input about faith, which I know isn't everyone's cup of tea. The writer claims the story isn't meant to be about "Bible-toting," but she's very frank about her faith, and it's heavily written in at times. Take that as you will.

I think this book was meant to fall into my life. It's about a woman who perseveres through each struggle she's handed, and who makes it out to the other side in a great way. It's about an independent woman taking charge of her life, and recognizing the lessons to be learned in each obstacle.

In a literal sense, this was a fascinating read because it describes a way of life that I can not relate to at all. Think New York vs small Texas town; absent parents vs present; etc. I think it's important to read and learn about what life is like for people who don't have what you do. There's no better way to really put your own personal experiences into perspective.

Personally, I may not be completely here for everything in this book, but it's an interesting read. If you're up for something quick and inspiring to read in an afternoon or evening, I'd recommend this book.


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