Author and life coach Toneal M. Jackson encourages readers to press onward despite their circumstances. She uses the acronym A.B.O.V.E. to help people to cope with adversity in a better manner.
A – Adversity -- We all face adversity in our life: death, loss of income, broken relationships, to name a few. Each individual must decide whether they will allow the storms of life to defeat them while others are willing to learn and grow stronger.
B – Belief – When faced with adversities the author leans on God. Her belief and her faith bring her strength.
O – Overcoming – Anything worth having is worth the effort it takes to receive it. In fact, I believe that you appreciate the victory more because of the effort exerted.
V – Venture -- Few of us like change but without it life becomes stale and we will never reach our goals or potentials.
E – Emotion – Strong negative emotions cause us to react in ways that are out of character; those same emotions also dame us physically and emotionally.
Toneal M. Jackson’s style is easy to read and understand. The author has included poetry and discussion questions to further impact the reader. The questions at the end of the chapter will allow each reader to ponder their reaction to adversity. The poetry is well done; from the friend to love and questioning why, to our perception her poetry stirs the readers’ soul. "Inspiration From A.B.O.V.E" may be a tiny book with only 45 pages but, the message within these pages makes this a very special book.