Testing Your Limits Until They Are Torn

In my last entry I wrote about the movie, “Desert Runners”, which followed a group of ultra-marathoners who were running 100+ miles across four of the earth’s deserts.  Jaime, one of the runners, knew his limits so well he was able to recover from seeming devastation of dehydration and finish his race.


“The only way to truly know yourself is to know your limits.  You never know your limits if you never test them.” (Thanks KJC for the inspirational comment.)


Testing your limits means reaching the ends of them.  When was the last I reached the ends of mine?  When was the last time I even came close?  Never.  Honestly never.


Oh, I’ve been pushed to my emotional limits, more than once.  Buried those I’ve only begun to forgive.  Seen more dream opportunities evaporate in the heat of politics.  Watched helplessly as friendships withered on the vine devoid of attention or honesty.  Emotional and relational limits which reduced me to tears in a corner, weren’t of my choosing.  Those come and go and will certainly come again.  The morning always comes and the sun always rises.


I’m talking about choosing to test your limits with only two possible results-a glorious finish or a colossal failure.   I haven’t done that…yet.


I know someone who did.  A woman I am proud to call my friend, LaDonna Cole. 

Seriously, she's this beautiful on the inside too.
Author LaDonna Cole

She wrote a young adult novel in three weeks.  Seriously, she wrote 80,000+ words in 21 days.  How is that for a glorious finish?

Her book, The Torn,  launches today. 

The Torn by LaDonna Cole
The Torn by LaDonna Cole

It deals with young people who are testing their limits, spiritually, emotionally and physically.  Quite frankly, it’s a righteously cool spiritual allegory.  Good fun, gasp-worthy adventure and butterflies in your heart romance.  I was lost in the sphere of the well-written prose, the pitch perfect pacing and vivid characters. 


It makes me want to test my own limits.  Not sure where or when. 

Just sure it will be soon.




The sphere has landed! Welcome to the next jump in the adventure. Leave a comment on this page and collect the item for your survival pack.


Take this “item” with you, (write it down or copy/paste into a doc):

How many weeks did it take LaDonna Cole to write “The Torn”?

(Hint:  The answer is in this blog.)


Screeeeech! The sphere is coming! Your next stop is:




If this was your first and now is your last stop, go to www.facebook.com/LaDonnaColeAuthor where The Torn release party is going on! Enter all of your answers into a comment under the pinned post, Falling Spheres, for a chance to win the Grand Prize package.







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