Roberts strings together a series of autobiographical vignettes in her debut inspirational memoir.
The belief that anything is possible is something many people lose as they grow older. For Roberts, however, this belief always finds a way to resurface, even in bleak circumstances. Each short chapter of her memoir focuses on a single experience or lesson. Some of her experiences are quite extraordinary—such as the life-changing vision she claims to have received from God, detailed in “The September 13th Parable”—but others are fairly commonplace, like the story of her dog, Smokey, who trusted Roberts completely as she led him through a storm. The extraordinary stories highlight what Roberts sees as the miraculous nature of life, while the ordinary ones ground the overall narrative and make it believable. The author’s life hasn’t always been easy; she had a difficult relationship with her mother, a divorce and numerous financial struggles. Instead of dwelling on these negatives, however, Roberts uses them to illustrate how each circumstance opened the door for something magical: healing the rift between her and her mother, meeting the love of her life and finding unexpected solutions to her financial problems. Her voice is conversational, not stilted or academic, with a clear, uncluttered style that makes her memoir an easy, casual read. Moreover, she portrays many moments with a light touch, particularly when she speaks about faith-related matters, such as the power of prayer. At one point, she writes, “I know God always hears me when I pray. And I know I’m the happiest, the most peaceful with myself when it’s a two-way conversation, when I’m listening.”
An optimistic look at the magic of life.