True Life Yarn that Kicks Butt by Charles Bargerstock
I have known the author for twenty years, but never knew her story. From page one her first person narrative pulls you into an amazing journey. It is an immensely personal story--all of it true. I am a fan of true-life crime stories, but how often is it do you come across a story in this genre that is written by someone who was there, who was part of the drama? Especially a drama that is complex and deeply moving.
But I digress, this is more than a crime story. It is story of transformation, of spiritual awakening. Most of us, who would have an experience like this might just give up on life and fade into obscurity, but not Mary. Without saying more, that part of the account is as amazing as that of her friend, who made history and ended up in jail. Mary went on and made something of her life, but she didn't just shut him away. She maintained a faith and belief in the value of who he really was. That is amazing. I think you may enjoy this yarn. I am not quite finished with it, but fact is, she hooked me in the introduction.
This book is a great read, it puts you into the real life ...By Jim Garrett
This book is a great read, it puts you into the real life experience of a young woman who hears on the radio someone has hijacked an airplane and it turns out to be her boyfriend!. This seems like a movie, but is real life. The writer puts you right into the experience of all the emotion, turmoil and what she did for love. It's hard to believe it's true, but it is and can't wait for the movie. What a testimony to the power of love.
True love conquers all by Dr. J. Darcy Dill
This is a great read! It has excitement and thoughtfulness combined. Perfect to take with you on a trip and find yourself wishing you were the author.
Inspiring read by I Hollis
Inspiring story of the power of unconditional love and devotion so missing these days! Written from the heart with deep honesty and insight. Really enjoyed observing the growing maturity in the author as the story develops over time. It has been said that we all carry a wheelbarrow of sorrows and trials and we never truly know what another has experienced or is experiencing. That is why we must be kind, loving and non-judgmental towards one another. What a great example of this! She overcame her experiences with grace and grew as a person and became even more openhearted from them, rather than retreating in bitterness or defeat ! Just loved the ending chapters and the way she shares insights and reminders for the journey of life that we all share. Enlightenment entered in while gracefully going through life's challenges!
Worthwhile Read by Barbara Foley
I've known Mary for many years but until I read her story, I didn't truly appreciate all she had been through at such a young and tender age. Once you start reading, you won't be able to put it down. It's not every young woman whose boyfriend skyjacks an airplane! Her story also takes us back to the Viet Nam war years and reminds us how damaged so many of our returning young men were. Back then we didn't even know the term PTSD, but that's exactly what Mary was dealing with up close and personal. But there's always a silver lining to every cloud and we learn in Mary's case that this personal tragedy thrusts her onto her spiritual path. Definitely a worthwhile read!
An intriguing and compelling read by Suzanne Penton
The raw emotion in this story makes Ms. Stevenson's book an intriguing and compelling read. It is a refreshingly unique true crime story, in which she skillfully reveals how deeply these events affected her life and times. The author shows tremendous courage to be so open about this dramatic and difficult time in her life, so that others may benefit from her experience and gain strength to carry on with their personal challenges. Like an arrow shot directly into the center of a target, the author's unflinching purpose and passion were driven by a dedicated heart and a unfaltering desire to redeem the love of her life.
Excellent Read! by N.M.
Great Read! I am always amazed to learn what motivates a person to commit a crime. I am also amazed by people who commit to each other for better or for worse. The author's true account of her experiences with the man she loved so deeply was truly moving. He obviously was deeply affected by PTSD resulting from his Vietnam days. Her story has opened my eyes and filled my heart with great compassion for all who serve our country and for the women who stand beside them through thick & thin. What an amazing and unique story! What struck me most is how this author sacrificed so much for the man she loved, and used the shock of his skyjacking an airplane to transform herself and get onto a spiritual path, thus turning lemons into lemonade. How many other 22-year-old young women would have waited while the man they loved was in prison with a 30-year sentence, not knowing when he would get out on parole? Her strength and courage is admirable and inspiring. I look forward to her next book to see where her path led next.
An Inspiration for Families Coping with a Loved One's PTSD by Barbra Cohn
Amazingly accurate and personal account of a decade-long period of how the author managed to sustain her love for a man who went to Vietnam, hijacked a plane when he came home, and went to prison for six years. This moving memoir illustrates how unconditional love can trigger a spiritual awakening that enables one to reflect on the human condition: past, present and future. The Skyjacker's Wife is an inspiring gift to families coping with a loved one's PTSD resulting from military service.