Broken Pieces by Judith Pinkard was a beautiful and raw story. When I saw the cover I knew I had to pick up this book, but I wasn’t prepared for what I was about to read. This is a biographical book not about tragedy but about the perseverance of a young woman as the course of her whole life is changed by one moment in life at 3 months old. The story felt like I was sitting with a life long friend conversating. It was smooth and real. The story brought me to tears but at the same time made me feel strong. As a woman who has endured much in her life I could relate to this story, it reminded me that we are never alone, that there is always someone who has felt what we felt. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. My favorite quote in the book summed it all up for me “It’s like this. God has a blackboard, some chalk, and an eraser. Everything you say, think, or do that is bad, God writes it on the blackboard. But if you’re sorry for those things written on the blackboard, and you tell God that you’re sorry and that you’ll try not to do it again, then He’ll erase it. That way, you start clean every day.” Thank you to Ms. Pinkard for sharing your story with us.
Have you ever read a book you know nothing about, and been pleasantly surprised? I’m not much into christen autobiographies but this short book was definitely worth the read. A harrowing story about a new family, faith and tragedy. A little bit of everything tossed: Mental illness, paranoia, and broken homes. It’s a simple story that tugs at the heart. A story of survival.
Most people back then didn’t want to interfere in other people lives, even if they needed to.
Courage faith, and lots of pain. Overcoming horrible odds and and in desperate need of rescue Judy makes this book shine.
Broken Pieces was an emotional four star read.
This is my first read by Judith B. Pinkard and her debut as well.
This is a heartbreaking biographical novel.
This is a story that really makes you think about life choices. Helen and Ernest are in a life altering accident with there friends and baby Judy. This is where Helen’s life spiraled out of control with addiction and coping.
We all have a story to tell, and we all suffer in various ways. However, the ability to use pain
to help others is our duty-a transcendent obligation.
Judy’s story was familiar in some ways that I could relate slightly. There were other times my heart went out to her. There are some shocking twist and turns. It took a lot of courage to write this story and I hope it also gave some peace to Judith as well.This is not my normal genre to read but I really enjoyed reading Judith’s story. Thank you!
Broken Pieces by Judith B. Pinkard is a biographical story. This story tells a tale of love, broken pieces, and piecing the pieces back together. The story had me on a roller coaster of emotions. The story is raw at points and tender at others. I am glad that Judith Pinkard put her story out there for everyone. There are inspiration and faith she has put out there for the masses. The story had me thankful for my family and loved ones. I am so glad I had the opportunity to come across this book and read this story.
Review by @sherimichelle1
Broken Pieces by Judith B. Pinkard
My jaw is unhinged. I’m stunned into silence. This story will move you in so many ways. Judy’s life is beautiful and tragic. I could not think of what I would have done in her shoes. She was a child with adult responsibilities. Helena must have been in so much pain. To know that she wasn’t there for her daughter. As a mother we pride ourselves on raising our children and being there for their needs. So it’s hard to believe Helen didn’t die in that accident. Or maybe she did and what was left couldn’t get it all worked out. I hurt for Helen and Judy. For the time they lost together and the times they were together. Mental health is something that we need to start taking more serious.
I really love stumbling upon books that end up taking your breath away completely unexpectedly. Broken Pieces by Judith B. Pinkard was truly one of the most breathtaking reads I have had the pleasure of devouring this year. I was hesitant to pick it up because I have a super long TBR list and with biographical novels I tend to push them to the back of the slate for the more traditional love story or thriller. I am so happy that I didn’t wait, this is one I will have on my shelves at home and reread many times over. I think this will be one I will share with my daughter as well.
“Choices. Life is all about choices. Some are other people’s and some yours, but a choice is always involved. The wrong choice can change the course of your life forever Like tornadoes, the wrong choice may occur unexpectedly and be devastating.”
This quote truly rung true with me and struck a chord. We have all been there, maybe we haven’t all experienced the major life destroying ones yet, but at some point in time we will all be in a moment where either your choice or someone else’s is the catalyst of how the rest of your future will look from that choice on. Broken Pieces really tells the story of the author’s journey from the life altering choice to where she is today. I found myself experiencing the array of emotions while reading and one even being tears streaming down my face, so I would recommend a box of tissues too. I truly hope this is the beginning of many amazing novels to come from Judith B. Pinkard.
Broken Pieces by Judith B. Pinkard was based on true events.I found it to be very interesting and very sad. It really made me think about how any one decision could affect my whole life.This family went through a lot. The accident that her family survived not only caused physical damage but psychological damage as well. Her mother’s mental illness although stigmatized heavily during that time should not have been frowned upon and more help should have been made available. This really makes me feel lucky for living in a time where people are more aware and more help is offered. I can only think what a strong amazing woman Judith grew up to be. Luckily she ended up with a great support system with her Aunt and Uncle. This is a book about faith and hope.I enjoyed it a lot. And am grateful for Judith sharing her story. 4 star rating.
Broken Pieces by Judith Pinkard
This was a very good find. I really like reading new authors. This book was a very refreshing read. I don’t normally read this type of book but I really found that it drew me in and kept my full attention.
I really liked the fact that this book was biographical. The way that the author brings her own story to life really draws the reader in. The way that her life was shaped by all that happened to her as she grew up. I found myself feeling the same heart wrenching feelings she did as her childhood unfolded and her life played out. I really enjoyed reading this book and I would definitely like to read more from this author in the future.
Broken Pieces by Judith B. Pinkard
This is a story based on true events. It shows how one decision can change the course of your life. Helen and Ernest were newlyweds that had recently become parents. On the way home from the hospital, during a storm, they had an accident. All the occupants of the car were severely injured, except baby Judy. Everyone called Judy, the miracle baby.
Accidents cause not only physical damage but emotional and psychological damage as well. Helen was the most severely injured and her psychological scars ran deep. Judy’s life started out perfect, growing up with two loving parents but Helen’s broken pieces never quite mended. This took a toll on her marriage and eventually it crumbled. Judy’s life spiralled down from that point on but luckily she never lacked love. She was forced to grow up fast because of her circumstances. My heart hurt for that little girl.
Broken Pieces by Judith B. Pinkard
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This is a biography of events and life growing up for Judy, who deals with a multitude of trials throughout her young life. This story had my heart aching and I was crying for poor little Judy and her family. It is crazy how one accident can change your whole life and the lives of those around you.
Helen and Ernest, Judy’s parents, along with their two friends are in a car accident after picking up newborn Judy up from the hospital to take home. The four are all in the hospital for serious and life altering damages to their bodies. Helen takes the accident the hardest, as she is the one with the most damage done. She lives her life addicted to pain medicines and alcohol and trying to cope with the demons she has inside.
It really breaks my heart to see how Judy has to grow up. It sounds as though her life was not terrible, and for that I am relieved. I could tell by her writing that her mother did indeed love her very much, but was wrestling with herself to get her life back on track after this accident.
The 50’s seriously sounds like such a great era to me, people were more friendly and willing to help where needed. I also loved seeing how Judy had so much faith in not only people but God as well to help her get through any hardships. I do feel for Helen, especially during this era, with her mental illness, doctors didn’t have the knowledge that they have now to be able to thoroughly treat or help the situation. I am thankful the medical world has evolved since then but also saddened that so many had to suffer through these issues. Thank you Judy for sharing your story, it was beautiful!