Power, a Christian mother, offers her first autobiography, a self-help book to provide solace to other Christian women in a difficult, challenging world.
As a young Christian woman, the author yearned to be married and have children. She dreamed of her perfect life married to the perfect man with whom she would have wonderful children. When her second child, daughter Charlie, died in childbirth, the trauma destroyed her dream, almost breaking Power apart. “It was one of those moments when time stands still,” Power writes of the suffering that almost destroyed her. God and her faith in Jesus pulled her through. In the first half of her book, Power fluidly shares her insights into how Christian women can face adversity, using the story of her own gradual emotional recovery from Charlie’s death as an example from which others might profit. Power portrays life as a battle, a familiar Christian metaphor. The Christian soldier, she says, must have a belt of truth, a breastplate of righteousness, a helmet of salvation, shoes of peace, the sword of God’s word, and a rousing battle cry to protect and inspire the warrior for truth. “In my battles, I have found that the devil will attack when I am alone,” Power writes. She gives particular advice to the exhausted and bereft so that they can regain their strength. The book shows a number of specific approaches in developing a conservative Christian response to hardship and restoring hope and healing for the weary. The second half provides the stories of other Christian women and how they have overcome life challenges through their faith. Power and the fellow storytellers she features—all of whom maintain a confessional tone—often refer to other authors and books they have found useful, and at the end of each chapter, she provides prayers written as letters to God as well as helpful study tools in the form of lists of questions derived from chapter content. Occasionally, the narrative feels redundant and maudlin, but throughout, Power nobly encourages other Christian women to tell their stories.
An experience-based Christian guide for overcoming turmoil through prayer and faith.