As you are reading these words in this very moment, you may not consciously realize it, but your higher self has led you to these pages. You may call it your inner wisdom, intuition, spirit, guidance, or even providence. But the real beauty is that you have listened to the subtle whispers that have brought you here. You have acknowledged the “You” that on some level desires to be heard, understood, seen, and subsequently, healed and empowered. In order to walk the path of growth, healing, and completeness with the past, we need someone we can trust to lead us through the present—because we can’t do this alone. We need a teacher that can take our hand and be human with us. The greatest of teachers do not say “follow me” but rather “I’ll go first”. Their courage to step into the unknown and hold a torch to illuminate our path is a gift beyond measure. Should you be so fortunate to meet such a teacher, you will have been one of the very few to have this privilege. Prepare to be one of the fortunate few. France Barringer is much more than the author of Healing The Broken Pieces Of My Life, she is that once-in-a -lifetime teacher that has walked the path and is now reaching out her hand, inviting you to take the journey that you have been reluctant to go on your entire life…until now. Many authors write their life story, and as the reader, sometimes you feel like you are a detached, outside observer of their life. However, France’s life story will awaken your story. The breadth, richness, and depth of France’s emotions in her life are not unique to her—they are emotions that we all have felt on some level to varying degrees. Yet, so many of us have lacked the love, support, and compassion needed to unlock the vault of our inner most feelings that have been yearning to be noticed. But now, your imperfections are safe to emerge and come out in the open as France stands in hers with an honesty that is so refreshing and inspiring. The true bravery of this book is the masterful way in which France shares her story with vulnerability and transparency that is to be admired. With organic and unfiltered emotions, France gets to the core of human emotion in a way that will grip you, push you to the edge, and evoke emotions rooted so deep within you that have been unconsciously running your life. This book will uproot everything you have suppressed and ignored just to survive. France’s story goes way beyond survival, and into the triumph of learning how to truly live by overcoming your biggest fears. This is an invitation for you to stop surviving, and start living life to the fullest. It takes a wise soul to know that the thing that scares us the most is the thing that we’re most meant to be doing. In this book, you will not only see how France faced her biggest fears head on by writing her story, but you will come to understand that her Divine purpose is to help you find yours. And as you read France’s story, you might think to yourself, “If France can overcome everything she did and find inner peace, it’s time for me to look at myself and start living the life I was meant to live!” As a testament to the authentic nature of this book, France asked me, her youngest son, to write her book's preface. As unconventional as this might be, it illustrates that time and again, she shows us the beauty of coloring outside the lines, challenging conformity, and how to find our own unique voice in a sea of humanity. As you will discover, I have shared in much of my mom’s journey. Yet, as I read her book, it felt as though I was hearing everything for the first time. With a purity and innocence that is so hard to find in today’s world, I’m confident in saying that as you read this book, you will feel like you can relate to her. You will feel connected. You will feel emotions down to your bones. You will feel like you are not alone on your journey. You will feel a sense of hope, release, freedom, and excitement for what’s ahead. As her proud son, it has been a privilege to see my mom evolve into a teacher beyond my life, and that of humanity. And what I love most about this book is that France inspires in two ways. 1) By her example and how she’s overcome adversity in ways that are nothing short of heroic. 2) By giving you very practical tools so that you can overcome your fears on the path to your healing. Many times, people overcome great odds and leave us inspired, but do not share how we can do this in our lives. However, should you choose to transform your life, France has provided a guide book that will help you to face your biggest challenges and experience the healing, forgiveness, and ultimately, self love that waits for you on the other side. For once you can love yourself, love will flow to others in ways that are natural to the human spirit, not to the human mind. I have often heard people say that it is a miracle that my mom turned out to be so vibrant and full of life given the challenges of her life. Yet, the real miracle is the one that lives inside each of us, ready to be awakened from its life-long slumber. This book will be your soul’s alarm clock. As a singer/songwriter, I have written many original songs. But there is one in particular that holds a special place in my heart called “Angel On The Ground” that I wrote for my mom. Once you read this book, you will experience how she can be an angel in your life. I believe Angels come in many forms. This one has come in the form of my mother. Honoring you on your courageous journey, Tiamo De Vettori