My Lucky Stroke: One Woman’s Journey to Manifesting an Ideal Life

Laurie Freedle

Publisher: Maggie House Press Pages: 225 Price: (paperback) $14.95 ISBN: 9781732992801 Reviewed: July, 2019 Author Website: Visit »

Who could be grateful for a stroke? In this compelling memoir, Laurie Freedle, who suffered that life-altering event, makes a convincing case for how the Universe, after trying to help her manifest the life she wanted in quiet ways for years, delivered a necessary shout. “Even in the
first hours after it occurred,” she writes, “I was very calm. There was a subtle, underlying assurance, like the stroke was ordained from some higher place.”

Freedle was always a hard-working perfectionist. By age 42, she was raising two children alone, slaving at stressful corporate jobs, suffering multiple health issues. A year as a massage therapist offered reprieve, but she returned to the grind for the money. Sick again, she radically downsized, even renting her home and moving into a small apartment, to save enough money to quit at 50.

Then, at age 49, Freedle had a stroke that injured her brain’s visual cortex. Her company’s pension review board approved her for early retirement at age 50. Coincidence? Freedle doesn’t think so. Today, she enjoys a fulfilling life pursuing her “Soul’s Purpose to share this information on how to be a powerful and fearless manifestor…with you.”

Freedle’s narration is colorful and specific, detailing, for instance, a vision she had years before the stroke of gently cradling her swaddled brain in her arms. Mundane details of her corporate jobs slow the story’s momentum, but it otherwise drives toward a powerful, life-changing climax. While she doesn’t sugarcoat her disabilities, she is filled with gratitude: for health insurance, her supportive family, that the stroke wasn’t worse, and more. Freedle is also unusually vulnerable with a therapist. As her new life unfolds, author and readers both experience a great sense of relief that her future seems bright.

The book closes with nine invaluable daily practices, such as meditation and intention setting. All told, this inspiring book will encourage readers eager to manifest the life they desire.

Author's Current Residence
Denver, Colorado
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