An inspirational story of a woman who rose above an extremely abusive childhood and marriage, to learn faith, love and motherhood from her son’s courageous fight with cancer.
This book is an illuminating example of how women who are in physically, mentally and emotionally abusive relationships can successfully escape, and warns of how the actions of medical professionals can be a soothing balm or a deadly arrow.
When Angels Fly is a heart-wrenching, powerful story of a woman’s suffering, pain, faith, and love, a story that will open a whole new world to most readers, especially those who have never been abused or forsaken. Reading this memoir will open the eyes of readers to the sufferings and struggles experienced by many women silently, their courage, and their silent hopes.
Sarah’s suffering started early in her childhood with frequent abuse from her mother and the insensitivity of her school friends. “In fifth grade,” she writes, “a tumor was found under my left nipple.” The benign tumor could not cause so much trouble for her as it was curable. But Sarah will suffer more abuse from a husband and be driven to near insanity by the loss of her two children.
I couldn’t help thinking about womanhood while reading When Angels Fly. As a man and a father, it is hard to imagine the kind of feeling my wife has for our two kids. Many times I had to stop reading, close my eyes, and ask myself: “Could this be really happening?” I couldn’t help but wonder about the stuff of which women are made, because Sarah is a tough woman, sensitive, and rich in her humanity. It is inspiring to see how she gives life and nourishes it. The experience with Eli, her son suffering from cancer, is very touching and one that will inspire many people in the way they relate with their children. S. Jackson and A. Raymond have done a wonderful job in sharing experiences that will offer hope and provoke a silent revolution in the way most of us see women and life. It’s a book that every man should read. And I mean every man!
There are some of those books for which we find no words and When Angels Fly is one of them. In this memoir, the authors show how a woman can find meaning and survive unimaginable suffering by connecting to her motherhood. It is a story of hope and the power of love and prayer. Although it will draw tears from your eyes as you read, it will inspire hope and courage. I love this book for the deep experience of the narrators and for the powerful lessons it offers. – Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite
This book’s effect on me is hard to explain. I gave it a 5 Star review because all the emotional triggers were engaged. As I read, I found myself crying, angry, happy, excited and overwhelmed by the detailed story of young Eli, Noah and their mother. I agree with other interviewers, no one should have to endure this type of life, but fact is, life isn’t always a bed of roses or cotton candy and everything nice. S. Jackson’s has poured her heart into telling the day-to-day story of her son’s journey, along with sharing her faith mixed with the power of a mother’s resolve. I highly recommend this book to anyone facing hard challenges in their life. – Raven H. Price
This story was heart-wrenching and astounding at the same time, especially Eli and his mom’s phenomenal strength. They faced each day as it came. To add further heartache to an already tragic situation though, Eli’s dad was a first-class jerk who abused everyone. Eli’s mom had been abused by her mother and suffered greatly at the hands of her husband. This was a very well written memoir. – Jan Romes
A heartfelt and heartbreaking story of a mother’s love. That this beautiful child was subjected to such horrific treatment by his own father, grandmother, and uncle and yet allowed by the “system” to continue suffer abuse by them while he was undergoing such a serious illness is despicable. Thank God that she was there to protect him and his brother. A must read for anyone who has ever loved a child. I would love to know what became of the father. He deserves to rot in hell. – S.Bailey
From the Author:
When Angels Fly was certainly a tough memoir to write, but it had to be done. So many struggle with similar issues, and they need to know that they are not alone. The cycle of abuse is such that when leaving one bad situation, and falling into another is part of the cycle of abuse. Take a look at the positives, the points in helping others get out of abusive situations, the positives of being an advocate for your sick child, and the positives of keeping a hold onto one’s faith.
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