Review by Michael Sawer, Canadian Sai Organization Newsletter
This book is by far one of my most favourite ones ever written by a Sai devotee because it is so realistic and radically different from the usual fare. Many readers will be familiar with Charlene Leslie-Chaden as the compiler of the "Compendium of the Teachings of Sathya Sai Baba", and now she writes of her life before and after hearing about Sai Baba. She spares no detail of her horrific childhood, enduring sexual abuse at the hands of an alcoholic step-father and neglect from an indifferent, cold and often cruel mother.
Later on, she suffered through a series of disastrous marriages before finding Syd Chaden, the one husband who supported her interests, loved and never abused her. Two of Charlene's children grew up to have monumental problems of their own with alcohol and drug abuse. Despite these obstacles, Charlene emerged from this nightmare to discover Sai Baba whom she was able to visit as her husband's business took them to India frequently. Baba showered her with bliss, grace and love she had lacked from her childhood and granted her scores of interviews and personal attention. She narrates how Swami directly intervened to save her life on several occasions and also manifested his presence in her home and through dreams.
The author details everything frankly and with a straight-forward candor that is quite refreshing; this lady tells it like it is!... To me, this book demonstrates how God's grace can triumph over the most severe and debilitating circumstances, inspiring greater strength and devotion
Review by Ed L., Las Vegas, Nevada
I'm a police detective for many years for the Las Vegas Nevada Police Department and I've seen it all... I could not put the book down - it addressed every question I ever had about life and how to live and deal with the challenges in everyday life. Thank you, thank you, thank you! My wife could not wait for me to finish the book so she could read it.