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“What an inspiration you are. I hope you are on the speaking circuit-talking to young women of every color-letting them know what determination can do.”
— Sandi Myers, Virginia Beach, VA

“Thanks for the book. I read every word of it. It was great. I am 100% in line with your thinking. Your aphorisms are perfect, especially #13 about a sense of humor and #11. #15 is also something I feel strongly about, but don’t tell any of the ‘guys’ I said that.”
— Brian L. McDonnell, President/CEO, Navy Federal Credit Union ($17 billion in assets)

“I was held captive by your book today. It is great! And I am glad that you were so open and honest about your life. I feel as if I know you so much better now! Your memories are going to be a big help to me. I have used a bit of it this afternoon in a section I am doing on ‘gender and minority issues’ during the 1970s. I specifically used your encounter with the CO in Frankfurt. I describe your rebuttal as a response done with audacity and dignity.
Now I continue to ponder: Does she still get up at 0300 hours to meditate?
— Mary T. Sarnecky, COL, AN, Ret., PhD, Historian, Author, A History of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps

“Reading your book reminded me of a reflection: ‘The men and women who succeed best in public life are those who take the risk of standing by their own convictions. Fits you to a ‘T’.”
— Derrick Humphries, Esq., Humphries & Brooks, LLC

“I started reading your book last night and could not put it down. I love it and hope you sell 10 million copies. ‘Your Rise to the Stars’ is a great story. Thank you for sharing it with me and others.”
 Thad Goodman, Program Director, Integic

“…I was really inspired by your book. After reading it, I will definitely continue to reach for the stars.”
— Capt. Dana E. Paskins, U.S. Air Force Reserve

“The book is very inspiring and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Many lessons to be learned from reading your book — but leadership and perseverance kept coming to my mind. Again, thank you.”
— Harvey Dockal, COL, AN, Ret. (We entered the Army together in 1961.)

“As a storyteller, Adams-Ender poignantly reveals the beyond the virtue of hard work lies the possibility of work becoming a vice. As in so many passages in the book, she manages to inspire again and again through honesty and personal example. Adams-Ender’s autobiographical chat with the reader is as inspiring as a homily, but far too candid to be preachy. I recommend you add her book to your reading list-or to the lists of young people in your life.”
— Cornell Brooks, Attorney and Columnist, Daily Journal

“…wow, what a book. It is my opinion that the Lord is going to bless you for being a living role model for all women everywhere. I really liked what you said again and again about traveling the road less traveled.”
— Rev. Ernest W. Armstrong, COL, U.S. Army, Ret. (85 years young)

“I really enjoyed your life on paper. To list your accomplishments is one thing, but to ‘hear’ it in your own words and to imagine the events as you tell them is heartwarming and filled with joy for you. Well done — on the writing, fulfilling your goals, and on living a life that is truly an example of giving and receiving-what we all are entitled to and wish for. You have much to give yet, keep up the great work.”
— Dr. Harry Sollenberger, Professor, Broad Graduate School of Management, Michigan State University.

“I read your book and enjoyed it tremendously. I found it to be humorous, yet factual. I could relate to so many of the childhood and college experiences you described so eloquently. You must be ‘loads of fun.'”
— Dr. Polly S. Turner, Assistant Vice President, Texas Southern University