Book Review – Words We Carry by D.G. Kaye – Reviewed by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie

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Book Review – Words We Carry

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I love it when a reader has read my book and took so much from it. After reading ADD Coach, Madelyn Griffith-Haynie’s recent review of my book Words We Carry, I was touched by her review and felt compelled to share it here today.


Words We Carry, D.G. Kaye

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I have been a great critic of myself for most of my life, and I was darned good at it, deflating my own ego without the help of anyone else.”

What do our shopping habits, high-heeled shoes, and big hair have to do with how we perceive ourselves? Do the slights we endured when we were young affect how we choose our relationships now?

D.G. takes us on a journey, unlocking the hurts of the past by identifying situations that hindered her own self-esteem. Her anecdotes and confessions demonstrate how the hurtful events in our lives linger and set the tone for how we value our own self-worth.

Words We Carry is a raw, personal accounting of how the author overcame the demons of low self-esteem with the determination to learn to love herself.


5 Star Review

on September 13, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Some of you will find this book comforting, and a few of you will find it just what the doctor ordered. But it is not for everyone.

You probably won’t be able to relate if you are one of the lucky few whose parents supported your every endeavor, who were never bullied or at the receiving end of a few catty comments that echo still, who began living the life of your dreams and tripped over the perfect relationship the moment you left your parent’s house, or who always found yourself in the center of “the IN crowd.”

FOR EVERYONE ELSE, this is an uplifting, positively focused quick read that is more like a conversation with a supportive big sister. The “girlfriend” conversational tone is one of the book’s charms. Using “open-faced sandwich” examples from her own life in a series of shorter essays organized in sections, the author shares her own insecurities and how she overcame them, disclosing many of her own challenges with the process of developing self-esteem herself. Many with her history might not have been able to do so, struggling still.

‘Words’ would be helpful to anyone of any age with a similar background (and most females still struggling to make peace with their real or imagined “flaws”), but I especially want to encourage younger women to give it a read. It is likely to save you a few years of “relationship mistakes” and second-guessing as you work through the many issues common to most of us. Perhaps it will help you avoid some of the heartache that accompanies those years when we SO much want to be “popular” and think we would be if we were taller/shorter/thinner/blonder – whatever-er!!

Follow the author’s journey as she takes us through what it took for her to work through her own “flaws” and negative emotions and come out the other side, whole, happily married to a wonderful man for many years now, and extremely productive.
(Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
“It takes a village to transform a world!”

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  1. What a fantastic review! Madelyn captures the essence of the book, as well as that of the author. Congratulations to both of you, Madelyn and Deb. A review well-written and well-deserved ♥♥

    1. Thanks so much Tina. I was elated to find this review by Madelyn. Truly humbling <3 <3

      1. Most welcome, Deb ❤❤

    2. Thank you, Tina. I wish I could have “captured the essence” of Plateau. I have never found a book review so difficult to write. It is so unique that, unless I had attempted only a description of the characters, I’d have to rewrite the entire thing.

      The best I could do was to give it a 5-star thumbs up and describe how I felt when I finally, reluctantly closed the book. Which was uplifted and wonderful. It haunts my thoughts still.

      1. Oh, Madelyn, you DID capture the essence of Plateau. To be ‘infused with a sense of well-being’ is the highest praise. We humans are teetering on the brink of extinction, because those in power live within and react from a place of inner chaos. If they would tap into the peace proffered by The Divine, humankind would wear a much different face right now.

        I’m so grateful for your review. It is visceral; and given that memories are coded into our DNA, I couldn’t ask for more. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing my book. Sending much love and many hugs to you, my sweet friend ❤❤

  2. Congrats! Can’t read too much of the review though–I still have to finish the book!

    1. Lol John. Thank you. 🙂

  3. How wonderful. The book seems to fulfill the title, Deb.

    1. Thanks Jacqui. I thought the title was perfect to encompass the messages in this book. 🙂

  4. Great review! This book is next on my TBR list.

    1. Oh, thanks Stevie. 🙂 x

  5. Kudos – I am so happy for you, Debby!

    1. Thanks so much Marian. 🙂 x

  6. Congrats Deb…what a fantastic review by Madelyn! Well-deserved as you are so good at words. 🙂

    1. Aw, thanks bunches B. 🙂 xx

  7. Fantastic review Debby and looking forward to reading.. hugs xx♥

    1. Thanks bunches Sal for the lovely comment and for wanting to read. <3 xxx

  8. Well this was fun to trip across! 🙂 I’m glad you liked it well enough to feature it, Deb – I meant every word.

    Thanks to Sally for giving me a heads up on Google, or I might not have seen it today.

    1. Thank you so much M. And leave it to Sal to have it up on Google already. I am truly moved by your wonderful review. I’ve had this in draft for a few weeks and I thought I’d take my own Sunday book review spot for myself today to showcase your review. <3 xxx

      1. I’m honored – thank you.

  9. A really good review of your book, Debby. Madelyn really cuts to the heart of the matter and explains how your book touches on these. Excellent.

    1. Thank you so much Robbie. I was so moved by Madelyn’s review. 🙂

  10. I agree so much with this review of Debby’s amazing book: Very constructive and mature. Loved the book!

    1. You are a darling for saying so. Thanks so much Christoph. <3

  11. Congratulations, Debby! A fabulous review!

    1. Thanks so much Olga. 🙂 x

  12. This is a wonderful review. I loved, Madelyn, how you compared Debby’s style to that of having a conversation with a big sister. And I do so agree that this book could be helpful to many young readers. Another well deserved A+ review. <3

    1. Thank you so much Carol. <3 And congrats on your new book! I included your announcement in my Friday post, and of course I got a copy of your newest book! <3

      1. Thanks, Debby…You are totally sweet! <3

        1. As are you my friend. 🙂 <3

  13. Fantastic review. Congratulations!

    1. Thank you so much Jennie. 🙂 x

      1. Best to you, Debby! ?

  14. Congrats, Debbie – and great review, Madelyn!

    1. Thanks so much John. 🙂

  15. What a wonderful review, Debby. I’m sure it made your day and week. You are getting a nice collection of them. Such a boost! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Liesbet. And yes, there’s nothing more fulfilling for a writer than a beautiful review. 🙂

  16. A fabulous review, Debby! I have this on my Kindle and I’m looking forward to it. Congratulations and thanks so much for sharing. Cheers! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Natalie. Truly a review to cherish. And I look forward to both of us reading each other’s book soon. <3

  17. Debby, Madelyn has done a great job on the reviewing of your book my friend.. I do not even know how she finds time to do all she does.
    So reading your book and spending time reviewing is lovely.. And so very well deserved..

    Sending Huge hugs your way Debby.. <3 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Sue. So true, we are all so busy, it’s amazing we have time to read a book, let alone write reviews. But that’s what we do as writers. It’s amazing the support we give each other. 🙂 <3

      1. WP is an amazing supportive network dear Debby.. and as always I so thank you for your own support in all I do. <3

        1. Aw, thanks dear Sue. 🙂 <3

  18. What a beautiful, thoughtful review. ❤ I think a lot of us struggle with low self-esteem, stemming from one thing or another. Lovely share. (This is one of my favorite book covers of yours.)

    1. Thanks so much Sarah. I think it’s my favorite cover too. 🙂 It actually tied for first place on The’s nonfiction cover awards. <3

  19. Madelyn, such a beautiful tribute to Debby’s book. I loved this honest and raw book with your review sharing how it affected you as the reader, too. ?
    Debby, I am getting ready to travel so am going to try to order the paperback copy of “Have Bags Will Travel.” xo ? if you see this let me know if there are paperback copies available please. Thanks, dear. ?

    1. Hi Robin! So lovely to see you here. 🙂 Thanks so much for your lovely comment on Madelyn’s review of my book, Words We Carry. And yes, all of my books are available in paperback. Here’s the link to my Amazon author page Just click on any one of my books there and it will take you to the page. <3

      1. I appreciated your responding so quickly, Debby. I was able to order your timely travel book (paperback form) with doses of good advice and humor included!

        I should get an airlines employee holding your book for my review!!

        This will be the first, but not the last one I own written by D.G. Kaye. . . ? ? ?

        1. Oh, lol Robin, how fun would that be? Thanks so much for your interest. Do know that this book is different than my other books, although all true stories, more like short tales, a good airplane read so I’ve heard, lol. 🙂 Hope you enjoy the book and your trip. <3 Hugs xx

  20. Congrats on the excellent review, dear Debby… Madelyn´s blog is awesome… She is so wise and such an expert in her field. You must be proud!. Hugs 😀

    1. Thanks so much Aqui. I agree 100%, Madelyn is so entertaining and informative at the same time, and I was thrilled she read and reviewed my book. <3 xxx

  21. A terrific review, Debby. Congratulations!

    1. Thanks so much Michelle. <3

  22. This is wonderful, Debby! How lovely to see Madelyn’s review here and I especially liked how she talked about the “girlfriend” tone of voice, which makes the book all the more endearing to read. A great highlight for your week!

    1. Thanks so much Christy. Yes, that was the best bit for me. I love that my voice is received like a friend when my books are read. The best compliment! 🙂 <3

  23. A thoughtful, well-written review of a nuanced, yet so personal book. Congrats to the reviewer. And hearty congrats to you, Debby, for having the strength and courage to write such a personal book that will most likely help many readers. xo

    1. Thank you so much Pam. Your words are very kind and most appreciated. 🙂 <3

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