Let Nothing Stand in Our Way
San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) September 16, 2008
As a child, Abigail (Abby) Santangelo-Peurifoy had been homeless, repeatedly sexually abused by men, and force-fed marijuana by her mother's drug-addicted friends for amusement. By the age of 25, she was supporting five babies with a ninth-grade education, without the support of a physically, verbally and emotionally abusive husband.
Though barely 5-feet tall and the weight of a teeny bopper, Abby held the iron will and fierce determination to persevere. Despite her diminutive stature, she had big dreams. Those dreams transformed what was once a poverty-level existence to $320,000 in revenues in 2007.
"Let Nothing Stand in Our Way" is Abby's 108-page open letter to the victimized, down trodden and trapped, served in casually-penned narrative. Like "a cup of fresh brewed coffee" devoid of sugary flavoring, the book offers an abbreviated sip of the author's pain-ridden life, and her bumpy road to redemption. Abby's salvation came through the unlikely combination of spirituality and real estate.
Abby digs deep, recalling critical moments and turning points in her self-healing process. She cites God's providential hand in her choice to get a G.E.D., followed by Licensed Vocational Nurse training ─ and then, real estate courses that ultimately changed her life. She listened to the motivation-fueled evangelic sermons of pastors like T.D. Jakes and Joyce Meyers in her Chevy Suburban, as she rode around evaluating houses.
The wake-up call that made me most aware of my financial situation was Hurricane Katrina," she says. "I looked into the desperate faces of all of those women and children, and thought that could be me. I'd endured the doubting stares from people in grocery stores who expected a Hispanic woman with six children to break out with food stamps." The heartbreaking news coverage made Abby more passionate about "upping her game" in her newfound real estate career.
Determined to not become another "statistic", she purchased a $500 home-study course titled Flip and Grow Rich by Armando Montelongo. The course sharpened Abby's skills and taught her how to legally make money on a house, without owning it and without having a real estate license. Within 7 months of taking the course, my real estate revenues were approximately $110,000," she says, beaming with pride.
She also credits Rodney, her husband of 4 years, for holding things together so she could devote herself to learning the business. It's paid off. Fifteen-year-old Johnny helps with the business. Fourteen-year-old Tiaja makes good grades and babysits her younger siblings. At 12, Tierra is the consummate homemaker. Deangelo, 9, is a compassionate little boy who rubs Abby's feet when she is tried. Gloria is a "7-going-on-40-year-old" who inherited her mother's hard work ethics and loquaciousness. Then, there's 17-month old Serenity, who "runs the house". Abby also cares for her two nephews, the sons of her 24-year old sister who battles alcohol and drug addiction.
The pint-sized "Let Nothing Stand in Our Way" speaks powerful volumes to every woman who has been abused -- and anyone who can use a dose of inspiration.
Courageous and profoundly generous in street-sense, the book is spiked with Abby's words of wisdom:
- RESPECT YOURSELF - Women need to shake their heads and not their behinds, that's their real money maker.
- BECOME SELF RELIANT - Husbands, family, friends or the government are not guaranteed to be in our lives forever.
- FORGIVE IN ORDER TO HEAL - If you hang on to pain, you are giving your abusers control over your life.
- CHANGE PATTERNS - Look at the five people closest to you, where are they at in life? Is this where you aim to be?
- LOOK YOUR FEARS IN THE EYE -- You can not move forward with the things you want to do on life if you are afraid.
- WATCH YOUR BACK -- Not everyone wants to see you succeed. The people you think are your friends may not be. Not everyone wants to see you succeed.
- LET GOD HAVE THE UPPER HAND - Do not let your past hold you back; let God help you deal with the problems.
- IT IS NEVER TOO LATE - Your past doesn't matter today.
"Let Nothing Stand in Our Way"
By Abigail Santangelo-Peurifoy
108 pp., Xulon Press, $10.99
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