Book Review: No Longer Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf


by Dene Danielle Hopkins
I had the pleasure of reading this book about Dene and her experiences dealing with Lupus, since 1992. The book is quite short (59 pages) and was a quick read, so I was able to finish the book in one sitting.

It was comforting
to read about someone else’s dealings with this chronic disease and the
emotional journey that comes after the initial diagnosis. It is always nice to know we are not alone in our feelings of denial, frustration and in the end- hope.

The story begins with her diagnosis and takes you through the years
following. She gives a very candid account of her life forever changed by this
disease and the effects it has had on her family and friends. In Chapter four
there is a basic definition and explanation of Lupus, which might be helpful to
some if they are not familiar with the disease.

Chapter seven gives the reader a different insight, as it is filled with journal entries from her husband and children. This might be interesting for
people who are living with someone with Lupus (or any other similar disease,) to read the perspective of other people in the same shoes.
Chapter eight has short quotes and journal type entries from other people of
various ages living with Lupus.

Dene is a pastor’s wife and the mother of two children. Her religious background became very obvious right away, as the beginning of the book starts with a short prayer. I personally enjoyed reading her story and can understand her reliance on faith for strength, although I couldn’t help but wonder if the strong presence of religious quotes and references throughout the book might "put off" people of other faiths or people who may struggling with
their own spirituality.

Following the Little Red Riding Hood theme at times was cutesy or slightly juvenile.

In summary, I enjoyed this book, but did wish it was a bit longer. Being such a short book, it seemed that the majority of it was written by other people (the journaling) and I would have loved to read and learn more
about the author herself. The beginning of the book starts out feeling auto-biographical, and I feel it loses its momentum when we read about so many other people. I personally admire anyone living with Lupus, especially a mother, and I would have loved to learn a little more about this author’s life.

I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a short read about living with Lupus especially mothers, and families. This book can possibly be used as a great conversation starter about emotions of living and dealing with any disease.

Title: No Longer Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf
Author: Dene Danielle Hopkins
Publisher: PublishAmerica
ISBN: 1413708684
Review Written By: Christine
  • Thank you so much for the review of my book. I agree with you completely – I wish it had been more personal. At the time it was published, I felt like I was already exposing my soul since most of my family and friends didn’t even really KNOW what was going on and had no clue what it was like to live with Lupus. I am a writer, but because I know that statistically manuscripts are rejected 99 times before they are accepted for publication, I submitted this partial “journal” and to my amazement it was accepted immediately. I knew nothing about the process of editing or publishing and put my work into their hands. That was a mistake.

    In the end, I wasn’t happy about some of the things the publishing company deleted and I HATED the cover, but it was too late – it was out there.

    I do have a new book coming out next summer which will hopefully show more of what it’s like to live with a chronic, fatal disease.

    Thanks again,

    Dene’ Hopkins