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Rose's Story Paperback – May 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Waveland Pr Inc (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577662970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577662976
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,665,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Exceptional Feb. 18 2007
By Jessica M. Warters - Published on
Format: Paperback
In Rose's Story Wanda Bibb describes her life in painful detail and explains how her life was affected by her environment as well as her personal characteristics. She talks about everything from foster care and welfare, to her abuse as a child and an adult, as well as the birth of her children and her fight to keep them. The book illustrates how once a person has a mental diagnosis professionals they come in contact with tend to assume that any problems that person has is related to that diagnosis whether that be the case or not.

It is impressive that during this book Ms. Bibb retains a positive attitude when ever she can and never seems to show ill will to those who have wronged her unless completely necessary where as many people in the same situation would be unable to do the same.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Intro to Social Work College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL May 14 2015
By Javon Charleston - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Rose's story was a very moving book. It took us into the world of a mother that had been diagnosed with a mental illness. The challenges she faced were from the illness as well as people misunderstanding her situation. It was sad that even the social worker failed to help guide her into a better living condition. This book is great to help educate people on the importance of social workers in our society. After reading this I gained more sympathy for people who face a mental illness, and with the correct assistance they can overcome their unstable behavior.
Overcoming Adversity Defined SWK 121 10/21/2011 Oct. 21 2011
By J Gannon - Published on
Format: Paperback
Rose's Story can be interpreted in a few different lights. The book does an excellent job describing the awful, and sometimes downright shocking situations Ms. Bibb finds herself in when dealing with the different social service agencies and wide range of employees she must deal with over the course of her entire life. It is much too easy to just define Rose as a tortured soul who did not have parents who loved her and was forced to deal with social workers and psychologists who seemed not to care asbout what was best for her. While these staements may be true, I find the true message of this life story is a postive one focused on inspiration. Even though Rose faces awful situations in the social service system time and time again, she sets the example that no matter how challenging situations are for the human race, we can all overcome adversity by becoming more resiliant with each difficult situation that is thrown our way. Rose does not focus on herself as being a victim, she is empowered to overcome her challenging situations and continues to do so throughout the story without a hint of negativity reserved for the social services system. Rose sets an excellent example of a person facing tough times and having to rely on social services. What makes her a positive role model though is that she uses the system only as a stepping stone and shows that anyone can become self-reliant in the long run. Overall, the story is fast paced and really takes a good look at some of the challenges facing social services and its clients.
Social Welfare System vs. Wanda "Rose" Bibb May 8 2012
By cbxdodge - Published on
Format: Paperback
Rose's Story is a detailed account of Wanda "Rose" Bibb's life, who was a woman that grew up as a child in the welfare system and experienced it as an adult as well. Her story provides a complex view of the delicate relationship between an individual client and the social services system. Rose's Story helps the reader understand the intricate balance of power between these two entities and shows the helplessness of Rose as a child and adult in the system. This story demonstrates a mother's tenacity and fierce love for her children against all adversity. Every high point and low point in Rose's life is examined and her autobiography provides a great medium to show the effects of the welfare system on a person and family.

As an individual in the system, Rose's life had little impact on the social service system. To them, she was just another numbered case study, as there are so many people in the system and her specific story holds no more importance than the one that follows hers. On a broader scale, however, her book has reached thousands of people and professionals. Her story's content creates engaging classroom dialogue and provides a platform for students to make real world connections with a real "client". Rose's story has and will continue to affect the lives and practices of all who delve into her world for a moment, while showing the ultimate testament of love and strength through adversity.
Rose's Story Review April 18 2013
By Melissa Wescott - Published on
Format: Paperback
While reading Rose's Story, I couldn't help but feel sorry for Rose and all of the major life sequences that had happened to her. After reading about Rose's life, one may judge her and have many different opinions about her life. I believe as the reader, I had deep sorrow for Rose and wish her life ended up differently for her. I feel the major setbacks that Rose had may have helped her throughout her life and make her stronger to help her through all the different situations she had faced. I was astonished how her life played out due to the major different factors that were involved. I believe Rose was a very strong individual that had survived many unethical life experiences due to the multiple foster homes she faced. In my opinion, Rose wrote this book to get her story across and influence our society and social workers to make more positive decisions in their future. Many would read Rose's Story and be thankful it wasn't their life, but after reading it myself, I was very saddenedand just wished there was more hope and help for Rose. Rose's Story is not one that I will forget. It made me more aware of what really can happen in someone's lifetime and the major signs to look out for. I will always pray there will be hope and success for someone going through the situation that Rose did.