Lessons: Shattered Pieces Being Restored by LaDonna Marie


Full of poems to inspire and provide girls and women the guidance and strength necessary in order for them to overcome their hardships, Lessons: Shattered Pieces Being Restored by author and poet LaDonna Marie speaks volumes about the tenacity of the female spirit. Exploring the difficult themes of heartache, pain, fear, hurt, and shame, Marie uses her own experiences to relate to her readers, as she begs them to look inside themselves, knowing that each and every woman has the power to be the leader of her own life. Through the introduction of the book where the author gives a few words of encouragement, we get a sense for the work and what it is going to try and accomplish. The poems that follow cover many different topics, using the love of God as a guiding force to navigate through the complexities of life.

Poems such as ‘No One Loves Me’ and ‘Constantly Struggling’ show how vulnerable and honest the author is being as she admits the times she has felt alone and betrayed in the world. This is a nice juxtaposition against later poems such as ‘Breakthrough’ and ‘Stand Firm’ that fully display the strength of the voice of the poet, as she refuses to back down and let the world trample upon her spirit as it has done so in the past. One of the best things about this collection is the journey that it takes you on as you read, the poems staying pretty consistent in their form, but changing in their attitude, as the reader learns and grows along with the poet herself. This is a great collection for any woman who has felt downtrodden before, as LaDonna Marie’s powerful words aim to lift her spirit up.

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