"A Woman of Vision demonstrates that perfect vision is not just of the eyes. Thank you Betty and Joanna for bringing us into the light."
Anna "Patty Duke" PearceAcademy Award and 
Emmy winning actress, author and singer
"The Miracle Worker"



“Captivating! I became familiar with Betty Clark Mong years ago when her story was selected for inclusion in a book I co-authored called Masters of Success—I was fascinated by Joanna Stark’s inspirational story about Betty then and  A Woman of Vision has enthralled me now. This is a truly compelling book about an extraordinary woman who epitomized courage, determination, and hope and whose story will forever change the way you view the world.” 
Ivan Misner, Ph.D., NY Times Bestselling Author
and Founder of BNI®


"Anyone who has ever had a moment of self-doubt or faced seemingly insurmountable odds will find inspirational comfort from A Woman of Vision and Betty's incredible life story. Her contributions to the film industry were invaluable and her grace, grit and humor make her a true American treasure."
Denise DuBarry-Hay, Actress, Entrepreneur and 
Past President of Palm Springs Women 
in Film and Television
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Testimonials and Reviews for A Woman of Vision
A Woman of Vision is a wonderful tribute to the transformational power of courage, perseverance, and compassion. Betty has inspired me personally to become a better physician for my patients, a better leader and teacher for my students, a better husband and parent, and a better person. You, as a reader of this book, will also be touched and inspired and you will also be a better person."
Ronald E. Smith, M.D.
Professor and Chairman
Doheny Eye Institute
Keck School of Medicine of the 
University of Southern California
Department of Ophthalmology

"I usually avoid books about blindness because the authors either make us out to be poor, little helpless people or to be superheroes. I end up picking apart those books paragraph by paragraph. You  did not put Betty in either category. Betty was Betty,--a fun-loving, popular person with great qualities and flaws, like everyone else. Someone who had a very interesting life. I can't pick apart "A Woman of Vision" because it was great from start to finish. It's a splendid book"

Jennifer Chambers
Betty's longtime friend,
colleague and confidant
Jennifer transcribed  
A Woman of Vision into braille.

Book Review

        Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite                                       Barnes and Noble


      To say that A Woman Of Vision: A True Story of  Courage, Determination, and Vivid Blindness by  Joanna Rivera Stark is anything less than an  experience worth treasuring would be the  understatement of the century. Having lived a life of  over ninety years, Betty knew that she wanted to share  her story with a wide audience, and that is when she  contacted her friend, Joanna. During her last days,  Betty and Joanna flipped the pages of her journey to  show the world that no hardship has the power to hold  one down. Having been diagnosed with juvenile  arthritis at the age of only eighteen months, Betty  began gradually losing her vision. Even with her  impaired vision, her life never lacked color.

      She was born in poverty, but she did not let her  financial or medical condition define her. She had an  inner urge to be accepted like everybody else. Instead  of wallowing in pity, she relied on her excellent musical  talents and communication skills to reach a stable  position. From the age of three, she began singing at  various events to help her parents get on their feet.  When her father started a fruitcake business, she  became his helping hand. Throughout her life, she  believed in moving forward. Life threw hurdles her way,  but she brushed those off through her love for making  a difference in the world. Not only did she keep herself  upbeat most of the time, she invested her energy in  motivating others to do the same.

      Reading the synopsis of A Woman Of Vision: A 
 True  Story of Courage, Determination, and Vivid  Blindness, one might be compelled to anticipate this 
 as  a slow read. I, as a reader, had expected that the  pages of this book would be filled with grief and the  hardships that Betty went through due to her medical  condition. However, right from the first chapter the  author proved me absolutely wrong. When destiny  denied Betty the ability to see colors, she filled her life  with bright shades of travel, relationships, humor, and  love. Joanna has done a fascinating job of capturing  the essence of Betty's life in words. She went out of  her way and added many pictures from Betty's life.  These pictures made an instant connection with me,  and I felt that I had known Betty forever. Betty never  hid behind her medical condition and wished to be just  like everybody else. Reading about her life, one dare  not define her by her disease. To me, Betty Clark 
 Mong  was larger than life. I not only applaud the  author for  writing an  outstanding memoir, but I envy  her for  knowing this  astonishing lady.

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