Finding Home in the Last Place
I Thought to Look
SUMMARY: Emily Wierenga left home at age eighteen with no intention of ever returning.
Broken down by organized religion, a childhood battle with anorexia, and her parents' rigidity, she set out to find God somewhere else - anywhere else. Her travels took her across three continents in buses, cars and planes, across mountains and over deep blue seas.
What she hadn't realized was that her faith was waiting for her the whole time - in the place she least expected it.
Poignant and passionate, Atlas Girl is a deeply personal story of the yearning we all share to be truly known, entirely forgiven, and utterly loved.
REVIEW: Emily's story is one every girl should read. She has been in the shoes of many of us: struggling with body image, feeling loved by her parents, and struggling with her faith. She is quick to give God the glory and admit when she feels like God has left her alone. She acknowledges when she sees Him at work throughout her life. I thought it was admirable when she returns home to take care of her ailing mother, which helps strengthen her relationship with both her parents. She also gets to watch as her parents' relationship is strengthen and grow in adversity.
Really, the only thing I had a problem with was how the story would jump around. It would start out with the author at her parents' house taking care of her mother, the jump into stories of her youth or in the past. After reading a few chapters, it all started to make better sense. It could be confusing at times but I could see why she wrote it this way.
This book was provided by Revell for review without compensation.
Emily T. Wierenga is an award-winning journalist, columnist, artist, author and blogger at www.emilywierenga.com. She speaks regularly about her journey with anorexia and lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband, Trenton, and their two sons.