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Diamond Underneath

The Diamond Underneath: Resilience in Times of Crisis

“The Secret for Bouncing Back, Overcoming Difficulties, Trauma & Stress”

We all face challenges in life but how well we deal with these challenges and stay calm and confident during a crisis is what sets us apart.


In “The Diamond Underneath: Resilience in Times of Crisis “The Secret for Bouncing Back, Overcoming Difficulties, Trauma & Stress”, the author, Margaret A. Vidolo, believes strongly that everyone has a diamond within (inner strength, grit) that is  yet to be revealed. She gives personal examples of her own life experiences and how you too can learn to become resilient, overcome challenges, deal with health challenges, stay calm in the face of adversity and to eventually pursue your God given opportunities at work and home.  The author seeks to inspire her readers to be strong, hopeful, and resilient in times of adversity and to unleash the hidden diamond (inner grit & strength), because as she states: “You Are the Diamond Underneath”. This book is filled with practical advice, personal examples, the step-by-step systems and ideas for resilience in times of crisis, how to cope with family challenges, job stress, health problems, healing, marital or relationship challenges and how faith plays a major role in all these steps.  

Diamond Underneath

The contents of this book narrate the behind-the-scenes story of the life of a resilient career woman. A woman who, despite the struggles she faced, had the courage and strength to charge on into a male-dominated career and thrive. A career woman who did not give up on her dream of becoming a professional Quantity Surveyor after failing exams, not once, but three times in a row. A resilient woman who overcame prolactinoma, a condition that rendered her childless for five years. A strong and enduring woman who survived two brain surgeries and lives to tell her story of resilience, hope, courage, and strength in times of adversity.

The main character is an outstanding woman; nothing puts her down. Her life’s purpose is to build lifetime structures: -helping people rebuild their own lives, one step at a time.

Her life is no stranger to battles, right from school, job, marriage, and her journey to spiritual realization. She believes that by fighting, “we can defend our territory and space because God designed us to exist and prosper” and we can convert these challenges into experiences that motivate us to keep fighting the good fight.

The author shows how she had to develop a strong character that is defiant of any pressure because of “God’s Grace”.  In life, troubles may come in bizarre ways: losing a loved one, losing a job, miscarriage or stillbirth, divorce, a failed marriage or relationship, loss of children to drugs, alcoholism, immorality, the list is endless. The chapters of my story will inspire you, encourage and assure you that things happen for a reason.

This story of stillness in the eye of any storm is here to emphasize that for every wound, there is a scar, and every scar tells a story. A story that says I survived. Don’t let the pain in your life define you but let it refine you into a diamond, the perfect diamond.