Guest Author - Jeanette Stingley
Finding Grace by Donna VanLiere is an inspiration and touching story. While the story focuses mostly on her struggle with infertility, the questions she asks in her everyday life can be related to by anyone who struggled with any situation in their lives.
I felt many times Donna was saying what I felt during the years I was with my abuser. I was always questioning why am I going through this? Why would God/The Creator put me through this? What is the lessons I am to learn from this horrible time in my life? There were parts where I laughed with her and there were parts where her pain hit home and I cried with her. Few books do this to me.
I really liked how honest Donna was in her recounting of her emotional turmoil. You could really feel the emotion expressed on each page. "Perhaps you'll recognize part of your own life," VanLiere writes about her book.
If you are currently struggling with a problem in your life, I highly recommend sitting down with this book and reading it through. You may feel life has handed you a box of lemons but you can make it through the peel of every one of those with a boost of self-confidence and knowing you aren't the only one who has been faced with tough challenges in your life.
One passage from the book that touched me so, I wrote down and have hanging in my office is:
"Grace is subtle that way. It never knocks you over the head but caresses your soul. That's the tricky part in discerning it. We want storms and hurricanes to capture our attention but get silent breath, and like breath grace moves in and out, in and out, every moment of every day, always present, and always so easy to miss."