Atlas Girl by Emily T Wierenga published by Baker is a moving and poignant account of a search for healing, the circular process of running from our pasts, anorexia, the love of a good man, and a big God. About the importance of family before ministry and the yearning we all have to find home. The book moves back and forward in time, travels across continents and through adventures at a pace that is page turning, and gripping. Her writing is carefully crafted and moving, but it is also raw and at times quite harrowing. Emily's words are powerful. Her storytelling is good, and there is healing in what she writes. There is something so very beautiful about this book. I was deeply moved and touched by it.
These are some of my favourite quotations -
“I don’t have the answers. I don’t know how this story will end. All I know is that there is a very real God whom my mother adores, and if she, in all her pain and suffering, can still radiate worship, how much more should I? He sees the little sparrow fall. He sees my mum dancing to the rhythms of his grace, and he sees me in all my anger trying to love him in spite of it all. So I will continue to trust, even if it means letting her go.”
“Listen to me. You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. Not through you—through him—and this is something you repeat over and over, when your baby won’t stop crying, when you’re so tired you’re about to fall over, when you look at him and don’t feel the love you think you’re supposed to feel. You can do all things, through Christ, who gives you love, who gives you patience, who gives you rest.”
“I’m learning to wake up and anticipate moments instead of fretting over the entire day. I’m learning to relax, because if something’s meant to get done, it will, and if not, it wasn’t.”
That's it for now ...
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