An intensely personal revelation, this act of Christian witness is offered by novelist Willa Gibbs, whose A Fig in Winter...

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THE SHADOW OF HIS WINGS

An intensely personal revelation, this act of Christian witness is offered by novelist Willa Gibbs, whose A Fig in Winter (1963) is her most recent fiction work. To share her experience of God's love and work in the world, she relives the agonies of a childhood beset with ill health and an isolation mitigated only by her love for animals (and sometimes intensified by it). Her adult life brought times of trouble too, among which the death of her infant daughter, a later miscarriage and the carrying of a dead baby to term were harrowing events. She felt, after an attempt to take her life made her a pariah in her town, that she had known the abyss of abandonment. But her searching spirit brought her solace as she joined the Episcopalian faith, responded to the ministry of Dean Sale, and in 1957 experienced a vision which confirmed her faith in God's love and Christ's way. Leaving her psychologist Sophie in New York, she ventured to London, where a final total commitment to God saved her from hospitalization for a nervous breakdown. There followed three years of travel alone, without languages, in Europe and the Near East and a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, with a return home in time to do the tasks allotted her. ""You live in an atmosphere of miracles, it seems,"" Sofie said to her, and it is the radiant discovery of love that Willa Gibbs would share. At times emotion overcomes coherence and it is difficult to follow her private journey, but for those on a similar quest here is a deeply felt testimonial.

Pub Date: June 3, 1964

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Publisher: Doubleday

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1964