Love Me Sane

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Rated 3.80/5 based on 6 reviews
Stacey Jones refuses to continue to be a victim. But,in order to move forward with her future she needs to resolve the issues of her past. The flashbacks, the dreams and the suicide ideas continue to taunt Stacey. Will she find the necessary treatment she needs to save her marriage or will she find a temporary resolution in the arms of another man? This is a book of one woman's struggle to form la More

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About Tralisa McNeal

I am a new and aspiring author from Indianapolis, Indiana. I am a graduate of Indiana University. I write stories from my heart. I originally started writing as a way to manage life's daily challenges. I share experiences with the protagonist in my story Love Me Sane so often times these events were written from a first hand perspective. The reason this is a fiction book instead of non fiction is because not all of our experiences are exactly the same.

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Review by: Ana Torres on Dec. 03, 2013 :
This book is more real than fiction.It has very emotional parts to where you want to help Stacey as she if just starting to live from being abuse as a child, and tormented. She thought she found the way out but she gets raped before she gets marriage while she is another relationship. And the rapist becomes the pastor of the church, which is pretty sick and vulgar. She goes through demons that haunt her from that day on, she has a rough life but has strong faith in Jesus upbringing but it isn't enough to get through the bad times that leads her to use alcohol and drugs to ease the pain.She questions God why me, and where is he when she needed him the most.

But the message is clear in this book. Looking for Love, looking for the lord to help her in her time of need. Her family her daughter. She just don't want history to repeat itself. Which I would not want that either. This story you will have to read with an open mind and get past some of the detailed scenes in the book. Overall she struggles and overcomes slowly trust issues and deception that goes on through out her whole life. It is an good read. If you have faith and are a person that can overcome and oversee the pain that Stacey goes through. You will admire her at he end of the book. Life is never perfect, Stacey was no where's near perfect or how she wanted it to come out.. No story can have a happy ever after but this story can bring you closer to the lord and bring you closer to your faith..

This book was given to me free for in return for my honest review.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Leslie Cawley on July 21, 2013 :
What is Sanity? After Stacey is raped during her college years, she struggles most of her adult life trying to determine just that. She uses alcohol and drug abuse to mask the pain and shame she has felt, sex with men she really doesn't love, only to find that the lifestyle doesn't bring closure and healing. It's through the love of family, her husband Rod and daughter Kristen, and some counseling, that Stacey discovers that she must own up to the choices she has made but doesn't have to blame herself for being raped. She is still worthy. loveable, intelligent and deserving of a second chance.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Beverly Terry on Jan. 22, 2013 :
This book resonated with me because like the main character, Stacey, I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ but also struggle with my own personal demons--being bipolar. I understood the mental torment, a life of secrets, the pain of uncertainty in relationships with even friends, the pain of making poor choices and suffering the consequences, the mental confusion of memories.

The book contains raw, stark reality right from the beginning. The author doesn't disguise the agony in Stacey's mind by painting pretty words. She tells the story truthfully without apologies. I'm not certain all the intimate details were necessary to convey the message she was sharing. For me, the struggle inside her mind as she strove to come to some type of peace within herself was more important than all the outside events, even the events that ultimately led to her mental imbalance.

What I found most valuable was the glimpse of the inner turmoil, how she suffered, stumbled through recovery, and how healing took time and wasn't as smooth as the reader would have liked it to be. In addition to this, her husband/pastor wasn't perfect either, but was willing to stand by his wife of 20 years helping her when he was able, and going through some shifts in his attitude as well.

I understand how difficult it is for a sufferer to recognize when their mental grasp on life is distorted and their perceptions of life events are skewed. From personal experience, I know how hard it is to come to the point where we admit we need help from an outside source---that we can't heal ourselves. I also realize that the recovery process is not perfect. There are a lot of obstacles to overcome. Personality conflicts, toxic relationships, well-meaning acquaintances, co-workers, the church family and our own blood families all muddy the waters making recovery a difficult, time-consuming process. I so identified with the main character when people, events, and even she herself got into the way of her recovery.

I would love to see this work edited to remove the mechanical barriers of improper grammar and punctuation, unclear expressions, and tightening up of events so that this book would appeal to a greater number of readers. This story could be such a great tool in aiding others in their recovery.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Naty Matos on Sep. 10, 2012 :
Love me sane is the story of a woman wounded by life. Situations out of her control have left deep scars in her life that have left her in a situation where she doesn’t know how to cope with life. She’s raped before she gets married to the man she’s in a relationship with who
happens to become the pastor of a church.

Financial difficulties in college drag her to a life of drugs and sexual perversion which will follow her to the future.

After 20 years of marriage and a daughter coming out of college she feels at the edge of a meltdown. Her demons are resurfacing in a stronger way. Struggling with addiction and her own mental issues she decides to separate from her husband whom she loves but can’t stand to be around for a while due to her own issues. In return he shows her a
rare seen unconditional love through his own pain from the things she’s doing to him.

This story is not for the faint of heart. It is also not for those sensitive to sexual content or language. It’s is a powerful strong story of recovery and how submission to God’s will can allow the worse of circumstances to be overcome. It shows how love can conquer it all.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Naty Matos on Sep. 10, 2012 : (no rating)
Love me sane is the story of a woman wounded by life. Situations out of her control have left deep scars in her life that have left her in a situation where she doesn’t know how to cope with life. She’s raped before she gets married to the man she’s in a relationship with who
happens to become the pastor of a church.

Financial difficulties in college drag her to a life of drugs and sexual perversion which will follow her to the future.

After 20 years of marriage and a daughter coming out of college she feels at the edge of a meltdown. Her demons are resurfacing in a stronger way. Struggling with addiction and her own mental issues she decides to separate from her husband whom she loves but can’t stand to be around for a while due to her own issues. In return he shows her a
rare seen unconditional love through his own pain from the things she’s doing to him.

This story is not for the faint of heart. It is also not for those sensitive to sexual content or language. It’s is a powerful strong story of recovery and how submission to God’s will can allow the worse of circumstances to be overcome. It shows how love can conquer it all.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mary C. Findley on Dec. 28, 2011 :
Review of Love Me Sane by Tralisa McNeal

I was given a copy of this book to review by the author. It is the story of a woman struggling with early abuse and rape and the conflicting feelings she tries to deal with later in life. She has made some wrong choices and also been deeply hurt by life, but suffers greatly from alternating feelings of guilt and inability to trust others.
Family members have made decisions without consulting her and she feels forced into a life she had no choice about. People judge and condemn her without knowing her circumstances. She believes if she can just be free to make her own choices she will at last be happy. But she finds that freedom isn't always so easy to get, or so easy to live with.
McNeal presents a very intimate, realistic picture of the main character, Stacy's, state of mind throughout the book. I could relate deeply to many of the conflicts she suffers, the cries to God of "Where are you?" and "Why did this happen?" Stacy is indeed seeking God throughout much of the book, struggling with a Christianity that might be different from that of many. But she grows and changes throughout the book, searching for what God wants, trying to reconnect with her daughter, and trying to rebuild her marriage and communicate better with her husband.
This is not a book for the fainthearted. I was privileged to chat with the author several times in the course of my read, and she explained her perspective intelligently and believes God has called her to write this book in this way. There is quite a bit of graphic language early on but that is part of the growth process. It's not a comfortable book, but Stacy's life isn't comfortable. Up to the very end, she is struggling with relationships, with what God has and hasn't given her and is or isn't doing with her life. Deception and trust play a big part in the story, and are a big idea in the minds of Christians young and old in the faith.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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