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Book review: Battered, Tattered, But Not Shattered


What a warm and to the point review of my 3rd memoir. I call it my survivor memoir. I faced domestic abuse and beat it hands down. Yes, the scars and some stuffs trailed along and messed with my mind some, but I am a survivor; more than a conqueror in Christ who fortifies me. I am ever grateful dear Ashley

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Book review: Battered, Tattered, but Not ShatteredBattered, Tattered, But Not Shattered: Finding The Strength In What Remains is a memoir by Marie Abanga.  This is part of a series of memoir accounts, and focuses on her abusive marriage and how she rebuilt her life afterwards.

I always enjoy Marie’s unique way with words, like this gem: “I know I have the guts to write about this, especially as an African brought up in the culture of ‘learning to wash dirty linen in your bowels’.”

The book explores Marie’s marriage, which she describes as a sham and likens to a Cold War, her eventual decision to leave him, and her journey of building her life back up again.  She explains that in Cameroonian society, it is considered acceptable for men to ignore their wives to teach them proper submissiveness.  What began as emotional abuse escalated to physical as well as financial abuse and forced sexual intercourse.

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Marie Angele Abanga (simplified to Marie Abanga) aka MAG likes to describe herself as a “Jacqueline of several trades”. She is an everyday woman and mother with a zigzag profile. Let’s give it a try! She is an Activist, an Author, a Coach, a Consultant, a Feminist, a Lawyer, a Lecturer, a Prince 2 Project Manager, a Psychotherapist, a Philanthropist, a minister of the Word of God and...! She just loves to sum it up by saying she is a person of passions and a tale of talents. Her life’s journey has filled over 6 books already and her three musketeers keep her busy at home. MAG is also the founder and CEO of the association Hope for the Abused and Battered, and the Country Director of the Gabriel Bebonbechem Foundation for Epilepsy & Mental wellbeing. The plethora of life's experiences and shenanigans she has lived through and learned from in near 4 decades of existence, have equipped her with such an arsenal to coach, train and motivate just any and everyone. She is so charismatic, dynamic and full of life, going by her designed mantra of 3Ds: Determination; Discipline and Dedication. These sum her+her quest to be the best version of herself and impact others perfectly. She attributes all her wealth of knowledge to her conscientious attendance of both informal and formal school.

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