Friday, April 14, 2017

Finding God Anew - Book Beginnings and Friday 56

Finding God Anew by Barbara Kudwa is a true story that is written in such a way that it will appeal to even you fiction-only readers. 

This is a story of a woman who is trying to hold onto her faith but from time to time realizes that she had fallen away from God.

Let’s start with Book Beginnings.

We will start with the introduction page xv

Over the past decade, I’ve often felt nudged to write a book. Just as quickly, I’ve found myself asking why followed by countless reasons why not. With so many larger tragedy stories to tell, why is my story worth sharing?

Once you get into the book, you will see why her story is worth sharing.  Let’s fast forward to page one and get into the book. Each chapter starts and ends with a prayer.  This is wonderful, but we will leave the prayers for you to read when you buy Finding God Anew for yourself.

With the remnants of the sandman in the corners of my eyes, my lids slowly opened to see the springs of the bunk bed above me holding my older sister Miriam.
I was seven years old.  Full of energy and increasingly independent but always eager to see my dad, I was wakened at five a.m. every morning to the sound of him flushing the toilet down the hall, determined to see him off before he left for his two jobs.

This girl is the sixth child and youngest daughter in a family with eight children.  She learned hard work and sacrifice early on.  Her family was Catholic and very much devoted to the Lord.

Now, let’s book on over to page 56.  Page 56 sees us coming to the close of chapter 8.  Here Barbara tells us:

Little did I know that, over time, other people’s choices would show me another side to them.  Tough times were coming, tougher than I had ever known.  I was building my relationship with God with daily prayer, meditations, and devotionals, and I was going to need God’s protection after I received some shocking news.

We will not tell you what happens next, but we will tell you that in this book she sees infidelity, two annulments, two and a half divorces, a murder, two suicides, the betrayal by a good close friend, and the death of her unborn child.

This woman is left massive debt that she was obligated to pay in a will that cut her out every other way.  And what do those two policemen on her doorstep want with her and why won’t they let her brother and sister talk to her?

If you want a good suspense story, Finding God Anew is it.  If you are looking for a romance story where everyone lives happily ever after, keep looking.

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  1. Not my kind of book. I hope you are enjoying it. This week I am featuring One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews. Happy reading!

  2. Sounds like a great piece of inspirational non-fiction! Happy weekend!

    1. Thank you. I hope that you have a happy and blessed Easter weekend. :)