FIVE STARS! Linda Bello-Ruiz's FROM TEARS TO TRIUMPH shows that with God's help there's no limit to what we can do, July 10, 2014 by Cyrus Webb "Conversations Book Club"(Jackson, MS).
This review is for: From Tears to Triumph: My Journey to The House of Hope (Kindle Edition)
The great thing about really living life is that we are constantly learning, evolving and---if we are willing---we are becoming better stewards of the world and those in it. For Linda Bello-Ruiz and many of us this has been a process, but it is one that she shares with the world through FROM TEARS TO TRIUMPH in hopes of helping others along their way.
Linda's book is an inspiring look at her life, how she learned from situations and choices, and what propelled her forward. Like many of us there were times when she didn't see her way out of the difficulties she faced. "I saw myself running around the rim of an empty jar," she writes, "wanting so much good from life, but never jumping in, never totally committing myself to good. My hope for a life as I’d once imagined it collapsed under the weight of my bad choices."
Those bad choices were not just being made by her, as she realized later. Like Linda a girl we named Maritza was seemingly lost, but help from above and individuals like Linda changed all that. "I’m just another example of the power of God and what a little love and understanding can do for a young girl,” Maritza says. And what hope that gives to others.
Unfortunatley Linda soon learned that not everyone was able to be saved or READY to be saved. It is a choice, and no matter how hard she tried, it was something that was difficult to understand when others chose to go backwards.
I finished FROM TEARS TO TRIUMPH hopeful, not just because Linda had realized her passion but excited that her story would continue to inspire others to realize there was hope for them as well. All of us have the ability to do great things. It's just up to us to CHOOSE to do it. If we are faithful in the commission we have been given, there is no limit to what we can accomplish."
I picked up this book at an author faire, and loved it. I started reading it Saturday afternoon until it was time for bed, then polished it off the next day. One weekend, well spent! Linda Bello-Ruiz shares a compelling story of what God did in the life of one rebellious teenager who started low as the drug using girlfriend of a pimp, going through a cult, and ending up spearheading a crusade against teen prostitution in Central America! God can do all things. I highly recommend this book.
Michael L. Faber, Pastor and Author
January 13, 2014
This is one of the most gripping and inspirational memoirs I have read. It has every quality that makes a page-turner a page-turner—love, loss, betrayal, redemption and renewal, to name a few. I had to remind myself as I read along that this is a true story and not a novel.
Ms. Bello-Ruiz's journey begins as a rebellious teenager who hooks up with a dangerous drug-using pimp, barely escaping with her life. She becomes part of a controversial religious commune. Ironically, it's in the commune that she awakens to her full, independent (no brain washing that I could discern), religious potential and where she is guided to move to Central America to rescue teen girls from a life of prostitution.
The thing I love about this woman's story, and what I will keep in my heart always, is her unwavering faith and dedication to God and God's guidance, even in the darkest of times. This memoir is enough to inspire even the most cynical reader—which, I admit, I'm not. Jo Chandler, Young Adult Fiction Author. Author of "This Side of Forever."
"I have been reading your book and should be done today! I have never read a book this fast. It is so true I could not put it down. Your life experience leaves me in awe! It is an incredible story of faith! I absolutely love it! I feel like I know you now. Even though we have only met a few times. I am like you in spirit always wanting to help people. We connect on that level. I'm so glad to have read your memoir. It will definitely leave an imprint with me. Have a blessed day and will see you again! Desiree."
September 20, 2013
"Just finished your book!!!!! It was very interesting and held my attention. So much so that each time I laid it down I couldn't wait to have time to get back to it. What a life story. Great Job Linda, Judy M."
September 19, 2013
"I finished reading it the day after I got it! I couldn't put it down, even though I had heard a lot of it at the writers group. I sincerely mean it when I say you did a wonderful job of describing an interesting life." Bev Deen
September 15, 2013
A 5-Star rating on Amazon. "This is an elegantly written book. It is a fast paced, easy read of a compelling story. The exquisite descriptions of people, places, emotions draw the reader in and keep you engaged." Mary Smith
September 19, 2013
"A young woman's faith guides her through a challenging period as she grapples with who she is, who she wants to become, and how she can make a significant difference in the lives of troubled young girls in Costa Rica. I give From Tears to Triumph 5-Stars." Linda Walsh, Lincoln, CA
November 1, 2013
"Impresionante, sencillamente impresionante esa introducción del libro. Interesantísimos me parecen esos dos personajes: la fundadora y Ana Cecilia. Gracias por compartir este mensaje con nosotros. Ojalá que lo vendan en la Librería Internacional aquí en Costa Rica.
English: "Stunning, simply stunning that introduction. I find these two very interesting characters: the founder and Ana Cecilia. Thanks for sharing this. Hopefully it can be sold in the International Library here in Costa Rica. Juan."
September 20, 2013
I have never read a book this fast. It is so true I could not put it down. Your life experience leaves me in awe! It is an incredible story of faith and I absolutely love it! I feel like I know you now, even though we have only met a few times. I am like you in spirit always wanting to help people. We connect on that level. I'm so glad to have read your memoir. It will definitely leave an imprint with me. Desiree."