Review of Roadblocks to Hell
by Dr. Carrie Wachsmann
Given a list of 50 plus characters, I thought reading Roadblocks to Hell would be a challenge. Carrie’s book is a compelling read that offers insight into understanding man’s inhumanity to man. Wachsmann traces a pattern of faith and conviction that is a powerful and effective antidote to our natural tendency to offer solutions and give unappreciated advice. Human empathy, truth, understanding, faith, conviction, motivation, trust, thoughtfulness, courage, persistence, honesty, and self-direction are all strategically interwoven.
P. A. Lamarre, PhD (Education)
December 20, 2015
This book contains inspiring, thoughtful, mind changing and faith lifting episodes.
I will definitely recommend this to my friend and will be looking forward to reading another piece from Wachsmann.
I was initially apprehensive about the book, but gave it a try. I must say, money well spent. Reading the story as it unfolds had it all. Suspense, Excitement, Drama. At first, it took a bit to really get into it, but after couple of chapters, I could not put the book down.
I’m an avid reader who loves to read books that I can get lost in. I love books that can take me away into a wonderful escape. And I just loved the darkness of the story and it gives you that sense of curiosity as it is based on a true story. The Images certainly gives you an mental image of the story. Crimes do pay a heavy price. All and all Just Loved it.
” An inspirational parallel story of Cali, a young girl with a simple trust in God who shares her growing years with Walt, a tormented and self-destructive boy. A beautiful, yet agonizing story of redemption, love and friendship.” Linda Richardson
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I got this book on Kindle Unlimited a few days ago and decided to get it forever since it is free today.
This book is not like a lot of the other books I read, but I think that was one of the things that made the read enjoyable. The first thing I noticed was that the book is a true story, or at least inspired by real life events. That made the go into the book with a different idea than I would have for fiction. It made me a little more reflective and thoughtful as I read, and I think it made the reading experience perfect. The book was insightful beautiful in the way you got to see imaged and learn about them and how they effected the characters we got to meet as we read. It truly was a book reading experience like no other. I am planning on getting a copy for my Aunt for Christmas since I think there are a lot of different parts that will really be exciting for her and also will be a nice reflection on her own life when she was little. I am really thankful for the author for being so vulnerable with the telling of this story! It was wonderful, and I hope it is just the first of more to come!
I love this book and will read it many more times.
the story of Walther Colt and his very good friend Cali. God tends to put us in certain places at certain times. The Colt family and the Ginter Family interact thru many years of each other’s lives. What Walt tells Cali that he would like most in his life is to live on a farm. Although this is his Life’s dream he follows a much different path. With the decisions that he makes he often find himself in and out of prison or the hospital for mental health. His life story is one of an emotional roller-coaster with many ups and downs. He has few friends, but certainly one who is committed to him throughout his life. Cali comes to see him often in prison and acts as a character witness for him in the courtroom.
I want to thank the author for giving me the courage to write a story about my friend who went through a similar lifestyle.
Matthew 25:40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’James 5:20 “remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”
Your story is well written and I am glad that I had an opportunity to read it.
What an interesting read! I really enjoyed Roadblocks to Hell and had a hard time putting it down. I finished the story in one session. This is a book filled with so many emotions, including empathy, fear, worry, love, hope, faith, and much more. The relationship between Cali and Walt is one that most can relate to. Good girl befriends bad boy. This beautiful friendship goes further than that though. It’s easy to identify with both of the main characters. Walt has not had the easiest life and makes some bad choices, but isn’t a horrible person. Cali sees the good in him and decides to be the much needed confidant that he needs. Through their journey, the relationship grows and you root for Walt. The story is one of hope and trust. It reminds us of how important it is to never judge a book by its cover and to give love to those who need it most. It may just take one person to turn someone’s life around.
I really fell in love with the book and its characters. The author has a nice way of writing to keep us enticed. The story had ups and downs and left me wanting more with each page I read. I would highly suggest Roadblocks to Hell for anyone thinking about starting this book. Thanks for a great story
As stated, the purpose of this book is, “To give hope to those who have loved ones traveling down a self-destructive road. To offer encouragement to those already on that road; that your life has a purpose, can change and become meaningful.”
My Mother is an alcoholic and I suffer from many different mental illnesses. The purpose of this book spoke to me the most in my decision to purchase it.
Something this book does that I adore and is hard to come by is a complete cast of characters. With most books, you walk into the story not knowing who anyone is, hoping all will be revealed in due time. With Roadblocks to Hell – a completely fitting title – the cast of characters is laid out in front of you in the very beginning and it creates a tone for the stories moving forward.
At first it is not clear who the story is actually about – Walt or Cali. As you continue reading, a slow realization that it is about both sets in. The way the story is situated is clearly organized and there is a meaningful message within each chapter. This is not just about someone’s life, or someone’s reactions to another person’s choices… This book touches on topics we all deal with: Love. Family. Religion. Faith. Tragedy. Redemption.
It’s almost as if you’re looking at someone else’s life displayed in a museum. I thoroughly enjoyed the style and the full story.
I love this book. Not only is it a story of love, redemption, and friendship but if you are going through hardship yourself, you will find this book as an amazing inspiration. To see the trials and the trouble Walt has gone through and to see him overcome that and turn his life around. It took a while but Walt finally was able to redeem his character and find God. A path that started a little shaky but ended in deep rewards, I felt happy for Walt when he found peace at last.
I have a couple of friends I would recommend this to. Anybody interested in history as this fiction is based on a true story. Anybody interested in stories that involves the character going through a redemption as Walt has definitely achieved that. Anybody who loves to fall in love with character as I fallen in love with multiple people in this book. I fell in love with one of the parole officer who was so nice to Walt. I love this book and it has earned a place on my highly recomnend book list. I truly love this book and am sure anyone considering buying this book is bound to love it too. I am grateful and blessed to read this book as it also rewarded me with a new outlook on life. I highly recommend this book.
A beautiful read that had me wanting to go back for more and I will recommend to my Mother’s church to read. Highly descriptive and one of the few non-fiction books I will always want to re-read again.
I was surprised at first when I figured that this story is a true story about a man who spent majority of his life in turmoil. Even then he barely had a chance to interact with his childhood friend and he for her, she continued to stay by his side even when married.
This book gave me hope to never judge a person who has done badly, for we do not know what they are truly going through. It also showed that both “bad” and the greatest of Samaritans go through bad things so to also never judge a person based upon whether or not they are good or bad everyone goes through it.
This book also provided a powerful insight into how prison systems are not the way we all believe it to be: A freebie for the criminals. It goes into great depth of how the prison system is actually a war zone for criminals to protect themselves 24/7; which usually leads to the inmates having to sacrifice their sanity to feel safe in prison.
If you are a fellow Christian, someone who is need to learn that is still hope, a person who just got out of jail, I highly recommend this book as read.
I was running through all kinds of emotion as I was reading the book, Cali was really a cute girl who faced unexpected situation through phased of life. She was no so ordinary Mennonite girl, at the age of 6 she had enough Church in her life. She has all those positive vibes about GOD.
By the time she was eight, she was addicted to the feeling of satisfaction and self-approval that came with academic achievement.
She was just twelve when this hard and fast curve ball hit her. Somehow, and no one knows how, she contacted Hepatitis A and she has to pull away from a school for one year.
I am not going to write all story here, I really want everyone to read this interesting true story once.
It makes you question the human race as to why we are so willing to believe the unbelievable, jump to conclusions that don’t make sense and put our fellow human beings to misery so quickly. It seems know one wants to admit they are wrong and eat some humble pie. A very emotion read and great story to know.
A beautiful, poignant story that is so incredibly, lyrically captivating you are seduced from the very first word. An absolute work of art, each page overflows with beautiful, sensual, evocative images.
About the book:
Roadblocks to Hell is based on a true story. I am very much impressed with Author’s narration and writing style.
To give hope to those who have loved ones traveling down a self-destructive road.
To offer encouragement to those already on that road; that your life has a purpose, can change and become meaningful.
These are the two most interesting characters I found in book apart from story.
The girl named Cali Ginter, she was an extra ordinary girl, free spirited and adventurous, Cali was always teaching her siblings something; how to climb chairs, or trees, catch butterflies, how to fish for bass in the pond, and build forts and dig snow caves.
Walt was an interesting character too, He took notes about everything. He always carried a little notebook in his pocket.
Such is the skill and authority of Carrie Wachsmann writing, I feel as though I have spent hours, being entertained. Utterly Satisfying. I want to read it again for the very first time!
All these elements and more can be found in Roadblocks to Hell.
Can 15 year old Walther Colt survive the cruel, callous and cold-blooded convicts of a federal pen?
Why does Cali remain his friend?
How many Mounties were shot at the Burnaby shootout and why?
Have a look at the newspaper articles.
Is there hope for Walt? Answers to these questions are found in this fictional biography based on real events.