Book Reviews


A true testimony to friendship

Sylvie Bordzuk, reviewed in the United States on March 2022

I read your beautiful book soon after I returned home today. It’s such a testimony to friendship, generosity and dedication. I’m so glad that I learned Nicole’s story and how you and Gerri were instrumental in helping her and her family. I was wondering if Nicole recovered in part or fully and what became of her after the time frame of your book. I do hope she got a new lease on life after her terrible ordeal. Thank you so much for this heartwarming gift.

True tales from the trenches, inspiring
Frank Pomata, reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2020

This collection of first-person tales, compiled by Ms. Janek (Founder of the “Long Island Breakfast Club”, a Jobseeker Group) is a testament to the power of the human spirit in the face of adversity. While the title may seem counterintuitive at first, the reader will find nuggets of wisdom in each story of persons forced to reinvent themselves in a changing economy. Each of them found new ways after an unexpected job transition to use their talents and experience to find a new niche to not only earn a living, but also rise Phoenix-like to unexpected heights and do things they might never have imagined. It’s also a testament to the power of networking in today’s economy for mutual support, gathering job market intelligence and valuable feedback from others invested in your success as you navigate the frightening and turbulent times when you’re “between gigs” as they say. How do I know what a good book this is? Like the others featured in this book, I was forced to reinvent myself and now work as a Career Counselor in our County Dept of Labor helping persons on public assistance to re-enter the workforce. It’s a must-read for anyone working in a Career Services / Workforce Development capacity and of course someone who’s trying to find their way after a job loss. Buy it. Read it. Then go out and use the stories as inspiration to do it. You won’t regret it.

INSPIRATIONAL and tool to use!!!!
Janet B, reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2020

Fired to Freedom is a timely book given what is currently happening in not only the United States, but all over the world. There is an inherent bias against people 50+. That was not always the case. It used to be that experience was actively rewarded with higher salary and longevity at your company. No more. Now people once they reach that 50+ year threshold face age discrimination.It takes a lot of effort and time reinventing yourself. Valentina Janek’s book showcases how various individuals reinvented themselves after losing their work. It is not easy; age discrimination is real. But, you can reinvent yourself.

You Can Reinvent Yourself

E. Mohr, reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2020

FROM FIRED TO FREEDOM is a compilation of heartfelt stories from real people that have gone through real life situations. The comfort of knowing you are not alone gives you the strength to carry on. Valentina Janek provides helpful lessons and support to help you on your way back into the work-force. There is life after the “big, bad boot”! Inspiration, laughter and tears, it’s hard to put down!

This is for all to read on a sunny day and on a rainy day in our lives
Jane N. Vassil, reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2020

This book is quite timely in terms of what is happening in the world today. Anyone that reads this book will most definitely benefit from the compilation of stories put together by those affected from adversity. The Author captured the essence of taking any adversity and changing it into a positivity in many different circumstances. I found each story to be entertaining heartfelt and truthful. You will be uplifted and feel renewed in many ways. Overall a great read.

Get Fired & Learn how strong you are
Elizabeth W, reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2020

Great book about failing down & getting yourself back up. Losing a job can be a blessing in so many ways. Too often people think this only happens to them. Read this book and you will realize how many experience this journey. You will get great insight & have a few laughs. Most important you will learn skills from others how to navigate through.