One Woman’s Journey From Poverty to Inner Riches


A powerful story of a woman that overcame an abusive upbringing and found herself through yoga and a holistic approach. The Healing is an appropriate name since that is what she did with her life, healed her childhood wounds. The book starts at the moment where change started, even though she didn’t realize it then. Her story is a testament that we should live our life at our own pace, stay true to yourself, and that if things go wrong we got to adjust our course and carry on.


I got the book for free, a gift from the author, as a participant in an online book club I’m part of. I believe more people should read this book and acknowledge that change can happen, that your background doesn’t define you and that the only requirement needed is the willingness to do what it takes to find yourself.



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The Healing



The Healing, One Woman’s Journey From Poverty to Inner Riches



Author: Saeeda Hafiz

Format: Paper Back, Uncorrected Advance Reading Copy

Publisher: Parallax Press 

ISBN-13: 978-1946764041



The Healing


The book showcases how domestic violence, family, social pressure, race, diet and your personal need for success will put a stress on you and your decisions. She found that yoga and clean eating will send her on a journey of self-discovery, acceptance, and forgiveness. Consequently beating the odds, finishing high school and going to college, and becoming one of the first African-American to enter corporate life.


As fate has it, a decision to do more of what middle-class professionals ”should do” would send her on a new path, a new way of eating. Clean eating detox not only her body but her mind too. She describes that detoxing from sugar is like getting clean from drugs, the same thing ”detoxing” from your past, accepting where she comes from but not staying there.


Found herself lost several times but bouncing back every time.  Also, her spirituality and doing what she loves showed her the way. Probably one powerful part was where she shares her suicidal thoughts, it’s an eye-opener that we are not exempt from those thoughts at any given moment in our life. Very brave of her to share that intimate moment.


In conclusion, Saeeda is truly making a difference in the world – one person at a time. I’m glad that the book kind of brought her family together and supported her. In addition, she shares her Healing Recipes. Yum Yum.


The Healing


I would recommend the book to anyone that needs encouragement or to anyone who believes that their life is set in stone because of their upbringing. You can be healed, you can change your fate, it is your choice.



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  1. Very interesting review, I am curious to know more about the connection she makes between clean eating and creating a lifestyle that has disconnected her from her rough past. Also, what book club are you a part of?

    1. Edel says:

      Hi Carly! Clean eating, as she explains, helps you to balance your body plus with yoga and meditation, creates a better understanding of yourself and surroundings. She explains her journey through it. Very interesting. Not an overnight change though.

      The book club is a closed group. It will be open for new members starting July and just for a few weeks while we vote for our new book. I will post a link here. If you are interested come back then.

  2. Amy says:

    Such a fascinating topic, thanks for sharing this. I’m definitely going to add this book to my TBR list!

  3. Great review. It sounds like quite an inspiring book. I will be adding this one to my to-be-read list, as I’m always on the lookout for more books to read.

    1. Edel says:

      Hi Sarah! You won’t be disappointed, it is inspiring. When you read it, come back and let me know your thoughts. Happy Reading!

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