A husband’stribute to his wife’s courage and perseverance.
Joan B.W. Johnson lived a seemingly ordinary life, marrying and raising four children. But while her children were still young, she experienced great physical weakness and turned to drink to cope. During an unsuccessful suicide attempt, she had a near-death experience in which she said that she’d heard God’s voice speaking to her, calling her “little one,” as she traveled through heaven. Eventually, her weakness was diagnosed as a progressive condition, and coupled with kidney failure, it could have led to her untimely death. But according to author Johnson (Joy of Raising Two Grandchildren, 2013), these and other medical conditions resolved themselves with prayer. He and Joan went on to raisetwo grandchildren before she died, leaving a legacy of care, counseling and love. Although the author seems to place an emphasis on God’s messagesto Joan, his biography spends very little time on them directly, using them mainly as quotes and section breaks. He dwells instead on the real heart of Joan’s life—her indomitable spirit, her struggles with illness, her generosity in sharing her wisdom with those in need and her indomitable zest for living. Joan’s reliance on faith plays a strong role in her life, but most readers will likely identify with her strength of character and learn from her earthly struggles. Underlying the author’s recitation of the events of Joan’s life is the tremendous love they shared; he writes with tenderness about the roles they played in each other’s lives and about the future they created for their children.
A moving biography by a husband aiming to carry on his wife’s legacy.