"" Writer's Wanderings: Books For The Road - Finding Me by Michelle Knight

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Books For The Road - Finding Me by Michelle Knight

Living in the Cleveland area, I was saddened when I heard of several young girls who disappeared from their neighborhoods. Ten years later, I rejoiced with everyone in this area to find that those girls were alive and suddenly freed from a nightmare of captivity. Michelle Knight was the third victim and one no one really knew about until the Cleveland Three were freed. Finding Me is her story about captivity but more so about survival and finding her own identity.

Knight and her writer/contributor, Michelle Burford, have done well portraying the story of a young woman who spent eleven years living and almost dying as day after day she had to face the terror of the man she calls "The Dude." It is not written graphically but in such a way that it doesn't take much to imagine what horror Knight went through.

Today we often see Knight on the news as she has attended several community celebrations and has made it her mission to help others who have been traumatized by similar situations and to give hope to families of missing persons. She's a tough little character and I wish her well. I'm sure there's a lot to still work out in her life. She's living proof that the human spirit is resilient and even in the deepest darkest hours God answers.

This may not be a really good book for the road. It is a bit intense when you consider that all of this truly did happen so if you are looking for a fluffy read, you need to pick something else to tuck into the suitcase.

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