Finding Grace is the powerful, often humorous, and deeply moving story of one woman’s journey of broken dreams. It is the story of how a painful legacy of the past is confronted and met with peace. This book is for anyone who has struggled to understand why our desires- even the simplest ones-are sometimes denied or who has questioned where God is when we need him most. This story is about one woman’s unlikely road to motherhood. Finally, it’s a book about the “undeserved gift which is life itself.” It’s the story of Finding Grace.
Donna VanLiere has entertained millions with her inspirational stories. In her new book, she gives us a candid look into her own life, a life filled with suffering and pain, but one that ultimately finds peace with itself.
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: March 31st 2009
This is another new to me author. The writing style is good although it took a little while for me to get into the story. It started getting more interesting toward the end of chapter 1 for me. Donna started talking about how she was abused by a neighbour and her struggle in dealing with this. Only, whilst she convinced herself that she’d dealt with it later in her adult life it became clear that she hadn’t fully dealt with her emotional and spiritual struggle as a result of this and a couple of other instances of abuse. In a way when I found out that her two abusers ended up getting their just desserts I found myself seeing this as justice finally being served.
VanLiere’s honesty and vulnerability I found very heartening and real. In spite of her spiritual struggle, God was still very much a part of her life. I enjoyed reading about her displeasure with God in answering her prayers because it showed a realness about what it is to be a Christian. The God-centredness of this book may not be everyone’s cup of tea but that’s OK.
VanLiere’s use of sarcasm provided some light relief for the reader. On page 127 for example, she describes how a nurse asked her if she had passed out because she was sitting on a chair with her head between her legs, VanLiere’s response was that she hadn’t, she just likes sitting this way. I thought this was a really good response to what was obvious.
I also appreciated how VanLiere didn’t go into a lot of unnecessary detail about the abuse that she suffered. I found that due to how she wrote about these incidences she didn’t need the extra detail. It was very clear what had happened.
Recommend for: Adults