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Come Alive [KINDLE] ✽ Come Alive By Elora Nicole Ramirez – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Stephanie believes in stories But even though she puts pen to paper daily and creates stories of change and hope she fails to see the possibilities within her own life Abused alone and invisible to th Stephanie believes in stories But even though she puts pen to paper daily and creates stories of change and hope she fails to see the possibilities within her own life Abused alone and invisible to those around her she struggles with self worth and believing in another world one of love and safety and healing There are those in her life who believe in redemption and new beginnings but can Stephanie trust them when all she s ever known is betrayal She wants to her heart says it s safe but she struggles with believing the lies thrown at her day after day by others who should be protecting her This is her story all of it the chaos and beauty caused by the wrecking ball of her family and the fight for rescue All she needs is someone to listen Will you be one who hears It just may change your world.


10 thoughts on “Come Alive

  1. Tonja Tonja says:

    Disclosure I received a free review copy of this book in PDF format through Story Cartel.Stephanie is every girl looking for acceptance But, her world is unlike most girls her age There is no loving family there is no protection from those put in position to do so Her struggle to do the right thing and find that light at the end of her journey is one that is awe inspiring and heart breaking With caring people on the outside to assist her and the colors of the sunset to remind her St Disclosure I received a free review copy of this book in PDF format through Story Cartel.Stephanie is every girl looking for acceptance But, her world is unlike most girls her age There is no loving family there is no protection from those put in position to do so Her struggle to do the right thing and find that light at the end of her journey is one that is awe inspiring and heart breaking With caring people on the outside to assist her and the colors of the sunset to remind her Stephanie works to hold on to hope A bright girl with a chance at a life very different from her upbringing keeps the reader involved and silently cheering for this protagonist The story of human trafficking and the violence is often difficult to read But, it is a very real truth which must be acknowledged and recognized if progress is ever to be made When thinking of slavery, it must be realized that it is not always a story of race, history or of faraway places it can happy in one s own city or neighborhood No matter your background, you will find yourself cheering for Stephanie and wishing that you could be the Emma in someone s life This story is impossible to walk away from While the editing needs some work, the story is remarkable


  2. Jenn LeBow Jenn LeBow says:

    So many wonderful bloggers I follow have books coming out BooMama, BigMama, Annie Downs, Sarah Bessey, Elizabeth Esther, Ed Cyzewski, and on and on Plus the marvelous and very funny Lisa McKay released her memoir, Love At The Speed Of E Mail, in May, which I promptly devoured on my Kindle and tweeted to her in real time exactly where I was in the book so she could permanently classify me as a potential stalker enjoy my reading experience by proxy Then I bought a hard copy I know the Kindle i So many wonderful bloggers I follow have books coming out BooMama, BigMama, Annie Downs, Sarah Bessey, Elizabeth Esther, Ed Cyzewski, and on and on Plus the marvelous and very funny Lisa McKay released her memoir, Love At The Speed Of E Mail, in May, which I promptly devoured on my Kindle and tweeted to her in real time exactly where I was in the book so she could permanently classify me as a potential stalker enjoy my reading experience by proxy Then I bought a hard copy I know the Kindle is supposed to make our book load lighter as we move all over the world, Honey, really, but sometimes a gal needs two copies of one book Like Ann Voskamp s 1000 Gifts, for example.So, in the spirit of all things blogger, 3 Book 3rd Thursday today features three great books by bloggers that I have read recently I could have done 6 Book 3rd Thursday today, but that s not nearly as catchy, so I ve narrowed it down Reluctantly I left in two Texans, one from of course Perfect Austin Because of the self imposed rule of 3, I have cut out some of the snark I hate cutting out snark I won t let it cross the lips of my kiddos without giving them the arched brow Mommy Manners Meltdown glare, but I ll read it, laugh until I snort, and dream of being able to snark it up out there in this crazy world Oh, and read it to Honey even after he s fallen asleep He loves it when I do that.Let s start with the snark that stayed Let s Pretend This Never Happened A Mostly True Memoir, by Jenny Lawson, who many know as the Bloggess, is hilarious Foulmouthed, yes, and snarky, and certain to leave you truly thankful that she s too old to be in your kid s class at school, but hilarious Her arguments with her husband, Victor, had me laughing so hard I couldn t breathe Then her account of her daughter s birth brought out the Bloggess tender side Throughout it all, I simultaneously felt A sympathy for Jenny due to the wild oddity that characterized her childhood, and B aversion to the wacky and numerous zoo of taxidermy she collects Here s my advice about Let s Pretend read it one chapter at a time, no matter how tempted you are to readYou ll draw the hilarity out longer, reduce the factor of profanity shock by a small margin, and maintainof a fascination than an aversion to her taxidermic triumphs, and her life.Some people may also feel an aversion to the sentiments expressed in the title of Rachel Held Evans Evolving in Monkeytown How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions I hope that readers will look past the title and think about some of the questions Rachel poses here many of the issues she grappled with are ones that we all face at some point in our spiritual journeys Reading her account with the intention only of debunking her points, one would miss the valuable exercise of opening up to the relationship one of our fellow humans has forged with God Monkeytown is a jewel of a book because Rachel is gifted at seeing what is precious in people, then passing that sight on to us I did not agree with every conclusion Rachel draws, but I support firmly her freedom in letting her faith grow and change I want that freedom, too Reading through her memoir brought me the chance to laugh at things I might not have otherwise, and thinkdeeply about questions I might have dismissed had I encountered them in college I follow Rachel s blog and her Twitter feed not a week goes by that I haven t read and tried to process her insightful posts.Another writer I found on Twitter is Elora Ramirez, whose new book is Come Alive I stayed up way too late two nights in a row on our road trip reading Come Alive, and found myself compelled to finish it, encouraged by people and organizations working on behalf of the powerless, and sickened by the atrocities people inflict on each other Stephanie, a high school girl narrating the story, commits the common teenage hyperbole of seeing the people in her life as completely good or absolutely evil Given Stephanie s family life, such hyperbole seems well founded at first, and only deeper into the book did I wish that her perspective permitted a deeper understanding of the other characters internal lives However, her absolutism feels familiar I tended to think in those terms in high school, and have witnessed our son Cartwheel s progression in this area over the years All in all, Elora has crafted a book that I hope will persuade many others to do our own individual part in rescuing the least of these, wherever we find them.Thanks to all the bloggers I ve mentioned, and particularly to the three whose books we explored today I look forward to manylovely opportunities to read and share books written by my online friends A special thanks to Elora, also, for giving me a copy of her book She did so generously, with no strings attached I usually post on 3 Book 3rd Thursday about books I ve purchased or borrowed for my own reading pleasure, and yet I liked Come Alive so much, I included it here despite the fact that it was given to me


  3. Shaney Shaney says:

    I would give this book five stars out of five for the story, and 3.5 for the writing plot development, thus my overall four stars out of five.The importance of this story alone is enough for me to recommend it to everyone It s one thing to hear statistics about human trafficking, it s something else entirely to read one person s story While fictional, Stephanie gives the reader someone to relate to, so that when she is abused, you feel angry and upset This book is needed if for no other reaso I would give this book five stars out of five for the story, and 3.5 for the writing plot development, thus my overall four stars out of five.The importance of this story alone is enough for me to recommend it to everyone It s one thing to hear statistics about human trafficking, it s something else entirely to read one person s story While fictional, Stephanie gives the reader someone to relate to, so that when she is abused, you feel angry and upset This book is needed if for no other reason than the fact that people need to know that stories like this exist This book will, hopefully, stir people to take action, to start viewing the people around them with new eyes I know that I will be doingresearch, so that I can help pursue justice and rescue for those that may be being abused right in front of me.Beyond the importance of the story, though, it s also written in a very emotionally powerful way It exposes the dark while still pointing to hope and that s something that s incredibly difficult to do.The main area where I thought the book could have improved was in plot development Sometimes, it felt like events happened too quickly, one right after another, rather than each event unfolding fully before transitioning to the next one sometimes making the sequence of events feel a little forced I m wasn t completely surprised to find out that the book was written during NaNoWriMo There were also a couple scenes which felt inauthentic to me, and felt like they were put in to serve purposes other than character and plot development.Despite these weaknesses, the book is well written overall and contains a very powerful and much needed story If you think that human trafficking is something that happens in other countries, or you want to understand the experiences of someone living that life, you need to read this book.I would love to see a sequel that follows Stephanie s journey from rescue through the process of healing and starting a different life I d buy it in a heartbeat


  4. Leigh Kramer Leigh Kramer says:

    This is a book people need to read Because of the subject matter, it is not an easy read but it is a worthy one Eyes need to be opened, ears need to hear, and hearts must be broken Without that, Come Alive remains only a story and girls like Stephanie will remain trapped, abused, forsaken.Ramirez guides her readers through the dark, depraved world of human trafficking We are tempted to believe that sort of thing happens overseas Not here Never here At times while reading Stephanie s story This is a book people need to read Because of the subject matter, it is not an easy read but it is a worthy one Eyes need to be opened, ears need to hear, and hearts must be broken Without that, Come Alive remains only a story and girls like Stephanie will remain trapped, abused, forsaken.Ramirez guides her readers through the dark, depraved world of human trafficking We are tempted to believe that sort of thing happens overseas Not here Never here At times while reading Stephanie s story, I wondered why she didn t just turn in the perpetrator Why didn t she fight Even in spite of the complications, why didn t she turn to the people so clearly on her side Ramirez showed me the hows and whys of such abuse, the level of numbness and despair victims succumb to There seems to be no hope of rescue.Yet, there is hope for Stephanie.Ramirez seamlessly weaves in statistics about sex trafficking, while also providing information about organizations fighting this evil Organizations like Love146, which I knew about, and others I hadn t heard of before I felt better armed and educated by the end of Come Alive.Perhaps most surprising of all, I also felt hopeful God is at work He uses people like those at Love146 and the ones who come alongside Stephanie in this book He wants us to open our eyes to those around us who are in pain, who need us to love them as they are He wants us to recognize the beauty in His creation and the way He created us


  5. Joe Sewell Joe Sewell says:

    Disclosure I received a free review copy of this book in PDF format through Story Cartel.This book is one that is a must read for everybody Human trafficking happens Slavery didn t go away with Lincoln or Martin Luther King, Jr It just went underground, and expanded into something evendangerous, lurid, and damaging for those caught in the trap.The book s protagonist, Stephanie, is one caught in just such a trap Her story is engaging from the start, but as it develops, one has to wonde Disclosure I received a free review copy of this book in PDF format through Story Cartel.This book is one that is a must read for everybody Human trafficking happens Slavery didn t go away with Lincoln or Martin Luther King, Jr It just went underground, and expanded into something evendangerous, lurid, and damaging for those caught in the trap.The book s protagonist, Stephanie, is one caught in just such a trap Her story is engaging from the start, but as it develops, one has to wonder how she can cope with the increasing horrors facing her The story isn t all horror, though, with shining lights present throughout in the forms of her best friend and former teacher, her boyfriend, and several other characters scattered about The distinction between those light times and the dark ones in her own home, though, are jarring yet they are reality for so many people.I found the story well paced, keeping my interest throughout Plot development proceeds at a pace that s not too sudden nor too slow Light and dark are balanced just right for the reader, though the first person narrative doesn t hold back on seeing the internal turmoil Stephanie lives with on an hour by hour basis The sad part, though, is that, while Stephanie may be a fictional character, her story is all too real for too many girls


  6. Jenn Jenn says:

    Come Alive is centered on Stephanie, a 17 year old girl who should be enjoying her senior year of high school Instead, she is just trying to survive it Throughout this novel, we learn about the true horrors she faces each day An uncaring alcoholic mother is bad enough, but her abusive manipulative father ensures Stephanie lives in a constant state of pain, anguish, and helplessness.This story shines a light on the horrific yet all too common practice of human trafficking We like to think the Come Alive is centered on Stephanie, a 17 year old girl who should be enjoying her senior year of high school Instead, she is just trying to survive it Throughout this novel, we learn about the true horrors she faces each day An uncaring alcoholic mother is bad enough, but her abusive manipulative father ensures Stephanie lives in a constant state of pain, anguish, and helplessness.This story shines a light on the horrific yet all too common practice of human trafficking We like to think these stories don t happen here, they don t happen down the street from us But the author uses Stephanie s story to remind us they do.Despite the dark world surrounding the characters in this novel, you feel a sense of hope when reading it While we learn about the horrors of human trafficking, we are reminded of the men and women working tirelessly to make a difference When the world feels too much too bear, Stephanie is reminded that there are people around her who do truly love her She is reminded that there is a Father who loves her, a Father who loves unconditionally and wants to heal and restore each of us.Come Alive will keep you on the edge of your seat, break your heart, yet somehow reaffirm your faith in mankind and in God


  7. Jenina Jill Sy Jenina Jill Sy says:

    I am a fan of books that tackle issues on human nature and I absolutely liked the way this book did Much like novels like Perks of Being a Wallflower and 13 Reasons Why, this novel shows how we can be oblivious about our surroundings and about others.As for the story per se, it was quite original The main protagonist, Stephanie Tiller, was very relatable but in an unexpected way Her situation was very drastic, having been sexually abused and fighting her circumstances with so much resilie I am a fan of books that tackle issues on human nature and I absolutely liked the way this book did Much like novels like Perks of Being a Wallflower and 13 Reasons Why, this novel shows how we can be oblivious about our surroundings and about others.As for the story per se, it was quite original The main protagonist, Stephanie Tiller, was very relatable but in an unexpected way Her situation was very drastic, having been sexually abused and fighting her circumstances with so much resilience, that my heart just breaks along with hers I m not ashamed to admit that I got teary eyedthan twice while reading this book Her internal struggle with hoping and giving up makes it evenheart breaking.I was ok if the book ended in tragedy, but I know this wouldn t ring true to the book s message of hope There had to be a glimmer of hope at the end I liked the supernatural in it, but it got too obvious by the last third of the book I think it neededsubtlety so that it doesn t come off as Dues Ex Machina.I would have given this book a 5 if the supernatural thing were a little subtler Kudos to the author This book is a great read


  8. Regine Darius Regine Darius says:

    Reminiscent of Matilda, Come Alive marries the beauty and the ugly of this broken world easily to mirror reality Many times, I was shocked by the atrocities portrayed in this book but I remember this fiction isn t too far from the truth And the same can be said with the glimpses of hope seen through the pages The book teaches that even if it looks too dark, even if it looks too helpless, even if it looks like you can t survive, those storm clouds don t stand a chance against the sun You st Reminiscent of Matilda, Come Alive marries the beauty and the ugly of this broken world easily to mirror reality Many times, I was shocked by the atrocities portrayed in this book but I remember this fiction isn t too far from the truth And the same can be said with the glimpses of hope seen through the pages The book teaches that even if it looks too dark, even if it looks too helpless, even if it looks like you can t survive, those storm clouds don t stand a chance against the sun You still have hope in a new day Thank God


  9. Lisa Lisa says:

    I loved this book it made me ask questions, took me into memories of growing up and watching someone I loved deeply deal with the trauma of having been abused as a child Themes of redemption always thrill me when I read, and this book was full of those My only complaint is that I felt like it ended too soon I wanted to know what came next what happened after the rescue I wanted to follow along on the journey of piecing a life back together in new ways.


  10. Katie Axelson Katie Axelson says:

    Elora has chosen to tell a difficult, compelling story that is the unfortunate reality for too many people in today s world Yet she didn t shy away from the horrors of sex trafficking and the hope of rescue From a writing point of a view, another once over could have tightened the prose a littlebut overall it was well written.


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