An earnest, thoughtful reminiscence by a woman who found solace in a renewed relationship with God.

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CHRONIC BLESSINGS

Maddox tells her story of keeping faith in times of illness in this debut Christian memoir.

Maddox had a good life: Raised in a loving family in rural Virginia, she met her future husband on the first day of college. Even so, she found herself losing her strong Christian faith in her early 20s, feeling that God wasn’t talking to her the way he talked to her friends and fellow parishioners. As it turned out, God’s silence was just evidence that everything was going well, and she would hear his voice soon enough, during her struggle to get pregnant, two miscarriages, and the terrible grief she felt having to give up an infant she was fostering for 10 months. Through these times, Maddox’s faith in God grew, and so did her family. She and her husband, Greg, managed to have two sons and adopted a daughter from Rwanda. The greatest test still lay ahead of her, however: postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome or POTS. It began with dizziness and numbness on the right side of her body: “In retrospect, Greg and I are probably a little too chill about things like this, especially with both of us working in the medical field. If this happened to anyone else, I would have told them to go to the emergency room.” As the reality of her new disease and the limitations it placed on her life began to sink in, Maddox doubled down on her faith and continued to find God’s lessons in the daily problems in her life. The author’s prose is taut and emotional, particularly when describing the effects of POTS on her life: “I’m crying because of how utterly helpless and pathetic I feel. I’m an adult who can’t figure out how to book a hotel! I’m an adult who can’t figure out how to use my phone to let my husband know what’s going on!” Maddox is deeply and unquestioningly Christian, and her fairly frequent conversations with God may turn off secular readers. Even so, her problems are real and rendered in detail, and the positive spin she is able to place on them is sincere and encouraging.

An earnest, thoughtful reminiscence by a woman who found solace in a renewed relationship with God.

Pub Date: April 9, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-64146-354-6

Page Count: 250

Publisher: Made for Grace Publishing

Review Posted Online: March 20, 2019

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An engrossing memoir as well as a lively treatise on what extraordinary grace under extraordinary pressure looks like.

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BECOMING

The former first lady opens up about her early life, her journey to the White House, and the eight history-making years that followed.

It’s not surprising that Obama grew up a rambunctious kid with a stubborn streak and an “I’ll show you” attitude. After all, it takes a special kind of moxie to survive being the first African-American FLOTUS—and not only survive, but thrive. For eight years, we witnessed the adversity the first family had to face, and now we get to read what it was really like growing up in a working-class family on Chicago’s South Side and ending up at the world’s most famous address. As the author amply shows, her can-do attitude was daunted at times by racism, leaving her wondering if she was good enough. Nevertheless, she persisted, graduating from Chicago’s first magnet high school, Princeton, and Harvard Law School, and pursuing careers in law and the nonprofit world. With her characteristic candor and dry wit, she recounts the story of her fateful meeting with her future husband. Once they were officially a couple, her feelings for him turned into a “toppling blast of lust, gratitude, fulfillment, wonder.” But for someone with a “natural resistance to chaos,” being the wife of an ambitious politician was no small feat, and becoming a mother along the way added another layer of complexity. Throw a presidential campaign into the mix, and even the most assured woman could begin to crack under the pressure. Later, adjusting to life in the White House was a formidable challenge for the self-described “control freak”—not to mention the difficulty of sparing their daughters the ugly side of politics and preserving their privacy as much as possible. Through it all, Obama remained determined to serve with grace and help others through initiatives like the White House garden and her campaign to fight childhood obesity. And even though she deems herself “not a political person,” she shares frank thoughts about the 2016 election.

An engrossing memoir as well as a lively treatise on what extraordinary grace under extraordinary pressure looks like.

Pub Date: Nov. 13, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5247-6313-8

Page Count: 448

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: Nov. 30, 2018

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The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the...

NIGHT

Elie Wiesel spent his early years in a small Transylvanian town as one of four children. 

He was the only one of the family to survive what Francois Maurois, in his introduction, calls the "human holocaust" of the persecution of the Jews, which began with the restrictions, the singularization of the yellow star, the enclosure within the ghetto, and went on to the mass deportations to the ovens of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. There are unforgettable and horrifying scenes here in this spare and sombre memoir of this experience of the hanging of a child, of his first farewell with his father who leaves him an inheritance of a knife and a spoon, and of his last goodbye at Buchenwald his father's corpse is already cold let alone the long months of survival under unconscionable conditions. 

The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the sphere of suffering shared, and in this case extended to the death march itself, there is no spiritual or emotional legacy here to offset any reader reluctance.

Pub Date: Jan. 16, 2006

ISBN: 0374500010

Page Count: 120

Publisher: Hill & Wang

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2006

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