A beautifully written book that instills hope in the great mysteries of life and reminds us of the powerful connection between the body, mind, and soul. This story will return you to the deep wisdom of your own knowing. It may even make you believe in miracles.
I was sitting in the Baltimore airport reading your book while waiting to board my plane. While crying and smiling, I noticed the woman in front of me. She had been watching me for awhile and said, ‘A good book, huh?’‘Oh yes’, I replied, ‘A true story of pure perseverance. If you have ever been given something to handle that you never ever asked for, and you wonder how you will ever survive it…you must read this book.’Your words feel scripted from my own being. I haven’t read a book in over 8 years. This is the one I was meant to read.
A fabulous book. I was totally drawn in. What a remarkable story and a very inspiring journey of self-discovery. This book reminds me of a quote by Maria De Andrade, ‘We have two lives, and the second one begins when we realize we only have one.’ Michele, well done on finding the courage to lead the life you were meant to have.
There was so much I loved about This Kind of Silence. The visuals of the writing were stunning. I was a passenger in the Zodiac; I went to Antarctica. I was captivated by the imagery of the soundless rain, I cringed and winced at the the intrusions of piercing feedback from the hearing aids, I felt the gut-wrench of pain and un-heeded emotion as Michele went through the NLI program. I am not ashamed to say that I cried at a few points during the story. It was sumptuous and rich and so well crafted. I am utterly grateful to have read the story. Thank you, Michele for something so insightful and valuable.
Michele has written a beautiful and quietly powerful book which takes the reader on a journey to self-worth through the outer and inner foreign lands of silence and reminds us of the transforming power of curiosity and self-belief. Her travels through the harsh, beautiful and otherworldly landscapes of Antarctica vividly reflect and echo her personal experiences with fear, loss and isolation as a result of her medically unexplained deafness, and the devastating and transforming effects this had on her self-worth, her relationships and on the very course of her life. Whilst this memoir tells of Michele’s personal story, it resonated with me in so many ways and I felt encouraged and inspired by her bravery, and several of the confronting experiences she faced, to reflect on my own journey to self-worth. I think this book is a powerful reminder to anyone, but perhaps women especially, that we need first to look after ourselves before we can look after anyone else. This is a truly uplifting book about self-discovery and the healing power of listening to ourselves, tuning into our own inner wisdom, and then taking meaningful action, especially in the face of fear.
Michele’s words and experiences resonate with me. I’ve cried through much of it. One of the messages she conveys in this book is that there are no coincidences. I’ve always believed that. This book is the gift I’ve needed and been looking for in bookstores but unable to find.
This book is empowering and such a gift. I can’t stop talking about it, just like I couldn’t stop reading it. I read it in two sittings. This book resonates so deeply. Our bodies start whispering and then maybe they scream when we don’t listen to them. Currently my screams are the screeching of my own hearing aids. This is the book that I feel has handed me the permission slip to tune into me and do the work. Michele has shown in her writing that transformation takes time. This book is truly healing. It’s a must have. A beautiful journey of transformation. I get it. It has spoken to me with words that I can hear.
I did not stop reading until I reached the last page. A powerful and uplifting story which reminds us we are all worthy. Michele’s vulnerability is courageous, and her honesty contagious. It makes me want to discover my own inner self. Thank you
As I neared the end of the book, I didn’t want it to end. I heard Michele’s voice as I read and it was as if she was there beside me on the couch, telling me her story. I loved it.
Michele has an easy style of writing that pulls you in from the start. Her remarkable story of metamorphosis is coupled with beautiful descriptions of Antarctica. As life threw a cruel trick on the author and she was forced to look deeper into her life, we are taken along her journey of almost serendipitous self-discovery. As we flow through different timelines the story unfolds in a way that forces us to connect within our own lives. This is not a self-help book, but when you are done reading it, you will feel the power and conviction of this brave woman and you will feel that you too, can make a shift in your awareness and self-love. I was emotionally swept away as I read about the turns and curves that Michele went through to bring her through her experience. I felt the vulnerability of life and the jokes that it plays on us. For such an easy read, I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of it. You won’t be sorry you bought this book.