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Suffering Ends When Awakening Begins by Robert Crown is an inspiring story that chronicles the author’s journey through the valley of the shadow of death and his emergence. The book is uplifting and will have a positive impact on the lives of readers - even if in some small way - to make it better. They will be able to find something in the book that will help them in their own lives and will help them understand how suffering ends when awakening begins. The book starts with how the author's mother tried to murder him and his sisters when he was eleven years old and how the extreme sense of his mother’s betrayal grew on him and created a pattern of negative thoughts that haunted him for the rest of his life.

This book is an inspiring and powerful read and will encourage readers to look at life with a positive outlook, no matter what they are going through. The author’s sufferings and the lessons he learned to turn his life around and make it positive are motivating and will help everyone look into their lives and see how they can learn from it instead of being broken. The book is about faith, gratitude, hope, healing, and empowerment. The memoir is straightforward and honest and connects well with readers; especially those who have undergone or are undergoing similar traumas. It is a book that will help readers channel their energy from that of negative to positive and to lead a fulfilling and meaningful existence.

—Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

“In this book Robert Crown not only shares the intensity of his outer life story, but also the intimacy of the inner journey he took as a spiritual warrior determined to be victorious through an evolution of consciousness from the inside out.”

—Michael Bernard Beckwith
author of Spiritual Liberation and Life Visioning

HORRIFIC, COMPELLING, INSPIRATIONAL

Robert Crown’s Suffering Ends When Awakening Begins is a thought provoking, horrendous and finally triumphant story. Right from the very first chapter I was thrown onto an emotional rollercoaster as I read how Robert was a rather sickly young boy. He and his sisters are being physically and emotionally abused and harmed. Then as a young boy of just eleven years old, Robert’s own mother tries to kill him and his two sisters. How can any child process that and live through the horrible torments that Robert did? Robert’s life and young mind was always on the line. But, somehow he was able to be cognitive enough to sense when imminent danger was upon him and divert himself from it. Even though we wonder, how a loving God could let something like this happen to a child, we also see that some higher power also helped him in many ways.

Robert’s account of his life is indeed heartbreaking and devastating. Most people would be severely damaged for life and unable to overcome their hardship and live a functional life. But, Robert is an exceptional person in that he was able to do just that – overcome and live a life full of purpose and love, all the while helping others to heal and become aware enough to see things differently from the inside out. He became a warrior fighting for his sanity and his life.

 

This story is not for the faint of heart. Robert endured many traumas and hardships. But, he had an inner voice that guided him and helped preserve him. He had to live on the edge, always being careful lest he fall prey to harm and torment.

Robert Crown’s story helped me to look at my own life and see things differently. It awakened me to the fact that even though I struggled and had times of abuse and rejection, I can and will rise above it. This is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. There are so many damaged people walking around these days.

Robert Crown’s passage out of the darkness of his childhood and into a world that is illuminated by the power of undeniable comprehension and determined positive thought, has brought a miraculous healing to his emotions and mind. This is the story of Robert, no longer accepting the victimhood he once welcomed. Then discovering the answers that helped him to welcome the ability to build a new life by use of the universal spiritual laws.

Suffering Ends When Awakening Begins not only enlightened and inspired me, but it has also made me grateful for the childhood, although not perfect, that I did have. It is well written and composed. Robert has a clear crisp voice and the book was enjoyable and hard to read at the same time.

This is a great and insightful look into the psyche of the mind of someone who has been traumatized to the degree of no return. But, he did return and he did it in a big generous and wonderful way.

This is a must read memoir and self-help book for anyone who has experienced any kind of negative childhood. From the extremely abused and traumatized to the person that has had negative imprints placed upon them as a child.

Chick Lit Cafe highly recommends Suffering Ends When Awakening Begins to all readers. To those that desperately need help and to those that want to read a compelling, inspirational life changing story.

CHICK LIT CAFE

As a reader of Robert Crown’s Suffering Ends When Awakening Begins, from the moment I started reading to closing the book, I was completely hooked. The mix of of suspense and the unknown along with themes of death, betrayal, and loyalty is a great example of the new age and spirtuality genre. Crown does an amazing job at writing this inspiring true story whilst still inflicting a sense of uncertainty and eeriness to his readers.

Suffering Ends When Awakening Begins is based on a true story about childhood and growing up. A book complete with struggle, hardship, journies, and belonging. Robert Crown attempts to captivate his readers by using a dark childhood to demonstrate the importance of positivity and embracing the future.

What really enticed me whilst reading this book is the narration. The first person narration created that extra appeal. Reading an account of a person’s life really puts things into perspective for me. I love this idea that you can really learn from someone else’s life experiences, no matter how far away they are from your own.

For me, the book acts as a great reminder that no matter what you face in life, you will be able to conquer anything you set your mind to. No matter the hardship, no matter the isolation, no matter the fear, everyone has a tough interior – they just need to find it and use it!

Although Suffering Ends When Awakening Begins provides an epic depiction of the author’s challenges in life, we are also subject to a particular thought process. As I was reading I was constantly thinking to myself: if he could overcome these tragic moments in life, then so can I. This book left me feeling a sense of positivity. Although I have no idea what the author’s events could possibly have felt like, I felt as though my own struggles in life really help you to connect to the author and to the narrative.

 

The writing is clear and focused, which has a heavy focus on descriptions and impact. The writing provides a clear account of how one’s life can be instantly turned upside down. The writing assumes that, despite the rollercoaster ride of events, you can still come out of it a much stronger, happier person. This is something I think that everyone longs for, isn’t it? And reading this book is a great demonstration of just that!

Suffering Ends When Awakening Begins was by far one of the best books I have read for a long time. It has everything – originality, a clear thought process, a personal touch. For this reason, and all of the above, I would like to award this book an extremely deserving 5 out of 5 stars. I could immerse myself in the events of the book, and despite not actually going through these events myself, I felt as though the author described them to the point that I felt as though they were real and emotional.

 

I have very little negative points to say in regards to the book. The writer expertly conveys themes of betrayal, relationships, past vs. future and childhood. An emotive, beautiful piece of personal writing brought to you by Robert Crown. A fantastic read for anyone who enjoys themes including life experiences, childhood, longing, journeying on, and betrayal. This book is bound to get your heart racing whilst putting you on the edge of your seat!

LITERARY TITAN

If you have read my blog, you know I always check out the description. So I dove into the description and then I tiptoed into this read, because I expected some dramatic, aching in my stomach, emotionally heart wrenching, type of reaction to this read, and that is exactly what I got.

Honestly, early on, I found myself strumming my fingers in a feeble attempt to dispel some of the anxiety I felt. Due to the horrifying occurrences, I downed my coffee and was gripping my Ipad until the very last page.

This read is it is not sugar-coated. It's straightforward about the message of what was occurring, and any details left out, we can pretty much imagine. In the first chapter, we see that a sickly young boy and his sisters are being manipulated and physically and emotionally harmed. Some of  Robert's recollections are amusing, like the section referencing Orwell's 1984, and when he tells readers, "I was able to do a "Neo" like in the Matrix."

 

What interested me the most in this book was the way Robert handles himself. I'm not saying readers will agree with all of the decisions, some early behaviors were self-sabotaging, but others were wise. The recognition that something was wrong and making his way to the door.... the sitting on the other side in the vehicle... both turned out to be life-preserving decisions.

This is a pretty quick read. We do see Robert struggle to fit in and witness his heartbreak. We see a transformation from him being betrayed to being loyal and from experiencing failure to achieving his own ambition. This story really speaks to the importance of putting thoughts in perspective, and to help others that have experienced trauma, Robert wrote this inspirational book.

LORIS BOOK LOFT

This memoir and journey to find solace first chapter is a nightmarish roller coaster ride; it is not an easy admission for anyone to talk about a parent attempting to murder their children. I would also add that is not easy for a child to understand the psychosis of a deranged mother and uncaring father, "Suffering Ends When Awakening Begins" by Robert Crown is a testament that many of us would prefer to keep secret and suffer in silence.

As for Robert, events of his life kept pushing him to edge, his parents' makeup is that of selfish people who shouldn't have children and being a bounce around from mother to father and back to his mother, he did what many kids do runaway. Where he ends up hungry and being taken in by pedophile drug dealers, something that Robert said struck a chord with me, that he was a target for pedophiles, Robert spoke the truth, kids that come from broken homes and trying to survive their childhood are prey for the generally agreed lowest human beings that walk amongst us. Robert is sharing his most profound pain from childhood for those who still suffer, there is a light, I agree with Robert, but sometimes the unforgiving rock bottom has to smack us on the side of the face to save ourselves. Fate can be cruel and even though being passed around by rapist scarred him I believe him losing his friends in a car crash crippled Robert with survivor's guilt which some of us carry until it kills us. I wasn't sure where Robert would be in the next chapter but what I find best about Robert is that his inner voice was his saving grace. A good man with a bad hand who starts his awakening.

In "Suffering Ends When Awakening Begins" you will find a lot of darkness, but Robert's journey is inspiring and well written, some details he does not get into too deeply, but this book strikes the right balance because you can get hung up on reading shocking things and not wanting to finish the book

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