A LIFE ESTABLISHED BY FAITH AND PATIENCE by Shelly Kauffman

A LIFE ESTABLISHED BY FAITH AND PATIENCE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this debut memoir, a young mother turns to God to help her through difficult decisions.

In her book, Kauffman explains how she believes people should use principles found in the Bible to improve their lives and find the strength to persevere through hard times. She tells her life story from the beginning of her childhood, when she knew she wanted to be a devoted wife and stay-at-home mother with two to four children, all in the name of her faith. As she grows older, she meets the man who will become her husband and helps him through an emotionally tough time. They soon get married, build a house, and try to navigate the challenges of day-to-day adulthood. After their children are born following taxing conception problems, it becomes clear that a life-changing event is on the horizon. Stress builds up, and soon both she and her husband begin to experience serious health issues. Their lives become consumed with countless trips to the doctor and the hospital, further frustrating Kauffman and derailing her trust in the abilities of modern medicine. Instead, she reaches out to her faith and God for directions and answers, trusting that this will guide her on the right path. While Kauffman’s work is sprinkled with inspiring moments of strength in the face of adversity, the prose often falls back on monotonous first-person summarization, taking on the tone of a diary: “I wanted natural-colored wood doors. I was told they wouldn’t look right….So, I was given white, decorative wood internal doors. This was, 180 degrees from what I desired, but hey, it was only my house. What did my opinion matter?” Many sections focus on the repetitive problem of the author not getting her way in various situations with her house, her family, and her job. But as the narrative progresses and certain plot twists are revealed, the book becomes more intriguing.

This Christian account remains a quick, easy read and should appeal to religious readers interested in a parent’s devotion to her faith.


Pub Date: June 28th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-4787-2982-2
Page count: 138pp
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Program: Kirkus Indie
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