Recently, I read the end of this book by Elizabeth Gilbert … So this is a partial review! I was particularly interested in the third part that is set in Bali, Indonesia. After last years shocking earthquake in neighbouring Lombok, I was curious to know of the fate of the locals. The volcano there has started to smoke and reading about their eco-tourism, I began to appreciate the diligence and grace of the people. While the latter part of the book is somewhat narcissistic New Age it explained some of the belief systems that helped the protagonist find balance in her life, after she had a difficult time with relationships.
I suppose the memoir was about building herself up again, in a highly flamboyant way. Most of us couldn’t afford this lap of luxury but I get the concept of learning to love yourself before you can love another. Also, taking on the mantra of those who smile through pain and hardship after natural disasters is interesting. Elizabeth explored Hindu spirituality and meditation in her journey. I agree that the concept of belonging is important. Finding an identity helps prepare for redemption, humility and patience to bear with one another in love.
For me, it is the Christian faith that teaches those solid foundations offering us a purpose.
via Interview with Novelist Polly White (WHAT IF I GO?)
Thanks to Matthew Toffolo for caring enough to ask the right questions…
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I’m so excited to be hosted by Don Massenzio today on his site at
Thanks for all your support this year. There’s still time to treat a student to a book!
Peace and joy at this wonderful time of the year.
It’s great to collaborate on important reading material to empower the next generation.
Glad that the Story Reading Ape is out there to care about reaching student audiences. If you know a new student arm them with a novel to keep them up to date & safe.
Previous reviewers say-
We all can get by with a little help from our friends!
Many thanks to the Bookworm Girl an awesome book blogger who hosted me and the novel, What If I Go? here-
The questions were interesting and were great to reflect upon in my writer journey. Hopefully, I have inspired others to put pen to paper. The novel is aimed at empowering women.
For all those who ask, ..’but what can I do?’ over difficult circumstances or tragic events then my answer might just be, ‘Why not write about it?’
Raising awareness is sometimes all we can do to help traumatic situations. Signposting vulnerable people and victims to support organisations that deal with sensitive issues such as grooming and sexual exploitation is satisfying. At the end of the book there are pages dedicated to victims giving the contact details of helpful organisations for support.
My thanks go to fellow author Magdel Roets from South Africa. I appreciate her time and care.
Her review said …’Polly White leaves us with the hope that there is always a way out and that turning back to the Lord God, trusting Him and leaving everything in His capable hands, is the way to total restoration. What If I Go is a story that has a distinct warning and a message of joy awaiting on the other side of trouble.’
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My heartfelt thanks go to Valicity Garris who posted a marvellous review of ‘What If I Go?’ 20 DAYS AGO!
Please see under ‘honest and emotional’ http://www.therebelchristian.com/book-reviews/
Sorry, I’m so late giving my heartfelt thanks. Put it down to a crazy, heat haze that’s just clearing. However, I do really appreciate the time of reviewers amongst their busy schedule.
All good things go to those who wait…
I am sooooo happy! Not bad for a debut? Please go ahead and check the novel out for your friends and family.
Also, please visit Valicity for more sound advice.
I found this on Pinterest and agree whole heartily with the creator.
I am grateful for your time to help me spread the word on keeping safe. Please encourage summer reading for students. They matter. I wrote What If I Go? as a heads up on the signs of grooming and violent controlling behaviour. Let’s help stop the perpetrators?
I trust your bank holiday was fun and as productive like mine. See where I was made most welcome as a guest author here-
Our family cooked on the BBQ and did some healthy eating, mostly! This amazing book cover on an icing sheet was ordered online, when the book first came out. I sent some of that cake to a friend through the post. Unfortunately, there was no pattern remaining when it arrived so she was a little bamboozled! Haha! You can but try to spread the love.