Book Review: Not a Blueprint: It’s the Shoe Prints that Matter by Nina Norstrom

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Title: Not a Blueprint: It’s the Shoe Prints that Matter by Nina Norstrom
Genre: Nonfiction – Memoir
Publisher: WriteLife Publishing
Page count: 190 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Rating – 4 stars!!

Symbolizing a Journey ─ Learning Lessons ─ Letting Go ─ and Gaining Insight . . . tools that lead to relationships.

Relationships are formed with people, alcohol, animals, battlefields, diseases, drugs, environments, and even our emotions. Whether toxic or nontoxic they’re an integral component of daily living. That’s just the way life is!

Follow Author Nina Norstrom through the journey as she peels off those toxic relationships she endured. In this book, you will experience her relationships with grief, pain, trauma, and forgiveness. Writing about those types of relationships can be therapeutic. So she started journaling. And that’s how this story took its roots.

The tale exposes a mother’s struggle to escape her world of toxicity. Along the way, their journey takes them into the clutches of diseased relationships. As the shoe prints are molded in and out of a variety of toxic relationships, they’ll leave behind a blazing trail of lessons.
This story in its raw image projects a remarkable voice to the heroic fight and bravery gained when striking back to wipe out the toxicity of deadly relationships. Its message reveals the importance that life brings many challenges, and that each challenge provides lessons to be learned. You will find, ultimately, this story speaks to the beauty of love, compassion, courage, determination, and strength.

“Not a Blueprint: It’s the Shoe Prints that Matter. A Journey Through Toxic Relationships,” is a powerful, insightful, and inspiring personal story . . . a riveting account about one family’s cycle of toxicity.

To ensure relief from toxic elements, portion of proceeds will go to fund the fight against toxic relationships.


One thing that I absolutely love is reading about a person’s life and seeing the world through the lens of theirs. Books like Not a Blueprint: It’s the Shoe Prints that Matter by Author Nina Norstrom do that for me. They take me out of my life and teach me life lessons through the experiences of the person who wrote it.

Nina Norstroms memoir is a journey through relationships and the life lessons that she learned from them. The overall theme of this book is a focus on toxic relationships. One thing I really liked is that the author explored different kinds of toxic relationships in romantic relationships, friendships, between family members and also toxic relationships that can occur within the human body.

I found tremendous value in the sections that come after each chapter where the author includes the lessons she had learned that the reader can take away from her experience. It actually made me think back on relationships and friendships in my past that at the time I didn’t realize we’re very toxic but that when I look back at them I am able to recognize that they were wrong.

This book was a mixture of feelings for me ranging from happiness at happy, loving moments to sadness at the sad, heartbreaking moments that occur. I found the author and her daughter to be extraordinarily strong women throughout their lives, especially when they only had each other. Just beautiful. 4 stars!

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