St. Martin's Press
Donna VanLiere tells the touching story of her life-long search for grace in her memoir Finding Grace. From her childhood home to her modern family life, she points out all the small pieces of grace that appeared in her life, even in the worst times. At a young age, VanLiere found her innocence taken away by a neighborhood boy, and with that went any belief she had that God had made her unique with special plans in mind. VanLiere began making her own plans and nourishing her soul with the world’s resources instead of with God.
As other people pushed her behind, she became content with the back seat, not realizing that God had prepared the best seats in the house for her. She dated a boy with legalistic parents who constantly held her up to their high standards. With those “holy” standards in mind, VanLiere began to question what were God’s standards for her. She would soon learn that “it’s our human plight to be imperfect and that it’s right there in imperfection that we receive grace, and that’s how we come to know God better” (p. 48). As her plans for a husband and children began to fall apart, God began to put the pieces together in His own ordained way. God brought a man into VanLiere’s life, and after a long struggle to have children of their own, they began adopting the children God had planned for all along.
VanLiere’s memoir will comfort Christians struggling to find God’s love and purpose in their lives. Whether the youth stained by sexual abuse, or the infertile wife longing for children, VanLiere teaches her readers to let go of their own plans and accept God’s plan. She proclaims the truth of Psalm 139:13-14, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Even if readers don’t yet understand or know His will, they can trust in His grace. As long as a person lives, the best has yet to come.
VanLiere tells her story with courage and conviction. She manages to have a sense of humor, even in describing the worst situations of her life. Hers is a memoir filled with words of wisdom and of Finding Grace. – Harmony Wheeler, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
This is the powerful and often humorous story of one woman’s journey of broken dreams. It is the story of how a painful legacy of the past can be confronted and met with peace. Finding Grace is a book for anyone who has struggled to understand why our desires—even the simplest ones—are sometimes denied. It is a book for anyone who has questioned where God is when we need him most. This is the candid telling of one woman’s unlikely road to motherhood, and the undeserved gift which is life itself. Simply put, it is the story of finding grace.
Donna VanLiere has written an inspirational memoir about coming face to face with your deepest heartbreak…only to discover your deepest joys.