“Since therefore the knowledge and survey of vice is in this world so necessary to the constituting of human virtue, and the scanning of error to the confirmation of truth, how can we more safely, and with less danger, scout into the regions of sin and falsity than by reading all manner of tractates and hearing all manner of reason? And this is the benefit which may be had of books promiscuously read.” -- John Milton, Areopagitica (1644)

Three More Words

Three More Words - Ashley Rhodes-Courter Disclosure: I received an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a sequel to the author's 2008 memoir, Three Little Words, which I reviewed here.

This book chronicles Ashley's continuing challenges of dealing with her troubled childhood into adulthood, letting go of the past, learning to trust, opening up her heart, accepting and giving love. It tells stories of how she went through college, fell in love, struggled with body image and self-esteem, made peace with her past, accepted love, and adopted frail foster children.

You have to give to the world the thing that you want the most, in order to fix the broken parts inside you.
- Eve Ensler

From taking a leap of faith to spreading love to others, Ashley epitomizes the healing power of love, the strength of the human spirit, compassion, and resilience, and grace. Her inspiring story confirms that adults aren't prisoners of troubled childhoods.


I was shocked to learn that there are 130,000+ children in the U.S. foster care system waiting to be adopted. I hope her efforts to improve the failing foster care system will pay off someday.

And the "three more words" from the title are, as you probably have guessed, "I love you."


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