” And then at thirteen, when I was dying on the hospital bed and the nurses said I was a miracle, I finally saw him.
I saw God for who he was – a Savior who wasn’t a minister with a wrinkled forehead stuck in his office [her dad], who wasn’t a mother who had never been affirmed growing up, who wasn’t the church with all of its rules.
He grace. And I began to believe with more than my mind, because I wanted to live. ”
Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look page 48 by Emily T. Wierenga
Poignant and passionate, Atlas Girl is a very personal story of a universal yearning for home and the assurance that we are known, forgiven, and beloved. Readers will find in this memoir a true description of living faith as a two-way pursuit in a world fraught with distraction. Anyone who wrestles with the brokenness we find in the world will love this emotional journey into the arms of the God who heals all wounds. (Goodreads)
I have followed Emily’s blog for many years now, so I was thrilled to get her book to review. And, I was not disappointed. This memoir brings about all emotions . . . those of compassion and understanding, to gripping your heart for the unknown that Emily writes of. I really like how Emily’s book brings you through her childhood – to heart commitment of never returning home – and then God changes that, and with it brings so much healing. I find this so true in life – when we say “I will never do such and such” God often has other plans.
I found this book to be like I am reading through someone’s journal – skipping around, and then coming back to fill in the gaps. Her words are raw and real – writing things that we wish we could say at times, giving hope, truly found in Jesus. I highly recommend reading Atlas Girl.
Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look was provided courtesy of Baker Books,
in exchange for my written, honest review of this Book.