About the Book

'Who Said it Couldn't Be Done? A Diamond from the Rough' 


This raw and personal memoir chronicles one woman's journey through life on Chicago's west side - from poverty, incest, drug addiction, incarceration, and lesbianism - to eventually gaining sobriety, spiritual redemption, and inner peace.


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'Who Said it Couldn't be Done?' is a heartwarming and inspirational story about a little girl whose family failed her.

Denise Jones was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1960. By the time she was 5, she had been molested by several family members. At age 11, her mother introduced her to an environment overridden with drugs, sex and crime. By age 12, Denise was shooting up heroin, committing robbery, and stealing cars - in order to support her drug habit. This lifestyle went on for almost fifteen years.

In 1986, at age 26, Denise met the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave her a second chance and rewrote her destiny. Upon changing her lifestyle and connecting with positive people, Denise overcame the adversities controlling her life.

'Who Said it Couldn't be Done?' is available in paperback, ebook, and Spanish formats. Click on the links below to see prices and options for reading this incredible story!


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Narrated by Quiana Goodrum 

"Who Said it Couldn't be Done?" - Quiana Goodrum
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Average rating = 5 stars!

" 'Who Said it Couldn't be Done?  A Diamond from the Rough' is a powerful book that offers inspiration and encouraging messages to people from all walks of life."

"A fine pick for those looking for an inspirational memoir: It's a long road to just having a stable life. 'Who Said It Couldn't Be Done?: A Diamond from the Rough' is a memoir from Denise Jones, as she tells the story of her long road to some semblance of normalcy in life. Simple and profound, her story is inspiring and reminds us that anyone can recover from anything."

"Wow....It is very hard to rate this book as this is someone's life. Who's to say what rating it should have, as it just IS. I give this novel 5 stars for its honesty and thoroughness, and for the gift of experiencing this raw, blatant, disturbing, inspiring story. I give this story 5 stars because of the author's survival and triumph, and for sharing her story and living through it!"

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"This is a courageous autobiography about the life and experiences of a young girl growing up in a high crime and drugs area of Chicago, and the story of her mother’s life as well. The book begins with an account of Denise’s own birth and the life and background of her mother, Annie Mae Freeman. The story follows a more or less sequential narration of events, as we witness the sexual abuse of Annie Mae and her sister by their own father, the early unwanted pregnancies, the birth of Denise and her siblings from different fathers, and her mother’s descent into prostitution and drug rings. This provides a background for Denise’s life, as she grew up and inevitably got caught in a similar web of drugs, crime, and violence. In the end, this is a story of triumph and hope, and Denise’s journey toward faith and Christ."

"The book is an extremely well written, authentic, no-holds-barred account of life in the streets of Chicago. I found the story of Denise’s mother to be extremely sad - with the incest, sexual abuse, and prostitution. The book is written in a very genuine manner, and I got the impression that none of the facts were embellished or changed for the sake of a story. This brings an incredible level of honesty and authenticity to this book. The way in which Jesus brought Denise back from a life of violence was discussed in detail, as well. Whether one agrees or not with the religious aspect of the story, in no way does it take away from the sheer readability and brutal honesty of the book? For this reason, I highly recommend it."