Finding Grace: a True Story About Losing Your Way in Life...And Finding it Again  -     By: Donna Van Liere
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Finding Grace: a True Story About Losing Your Way in Life...And Finding it Again

St. Martin's Press / 2009 / Hardcover

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Finding Grace is New York Times bestselling author Donna VanLiere's immensely powerful and genuinely moving memoir. From early on her life was filled with broken dreams and pain and suffering leaving little faith in God. But God never gave up on her and eventually she was able to come face to face with her deepest heartbreaks and discover the greatest joys in "Finding Grace".

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0312380518
ISBN-13: 9780312380519
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Publisher's Description

Finding Grace is the powerful, often humorous, and deeply moving story of one woman’s journey of broken dreams. It is the story of how a painful legacy of the past is confronted and met with peace. This book is for anyone who has struggled to understand why our desires— even the simplest ones—are sometimes denied or who has questioned where God is when we need him most. This story is about one woman’s unlikely road to motherhood. Finally, it’s a book about the “undeserved gift which is life itself.” It’s the story of “Finding Grace.”

Donna VanLiere has entertained millions with her inspirational stories. In her new book, she gives us a candid look into her own life, a life filled with suffering and pain, but one that ultimately finds peace with itself.

Author Bio

Donna VanLiere is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. Her much-loved Christmas Hope series includes The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing, both of which were adapted into movies for CBS Television; The Christmas Secret; The Christmas Journey; and The Christmas Hope, which was adapted into a film by Lifetime. She is also the author of The Angels of Morgan Hill. VanLiere is the recipient of a Retailer's Choice Award for Fiction, a Dove Award, a Silver Angel Award, an Audie Award for best inspirational fiction, and a nominee for a Gold Medallion Book of the Year. She is a gifted speaker who speaks regularly at conferences. She lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband and their children.

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Donna VanLiere tells the touching story of her life-long search for grace in her memoir Finding Grace. From her childhood home to her modern family life, she points out all the small pieces of grace that appeared in her life, even in the worst times. At a young age, VanLiere found her innocence taken away by a neighborhood boy, and with that went any belief she had that God had made her unique with special plans in mind. VanLiere began making her own plans and nourishing her soul with the world’s resources instead of with God.

As other people pushed her behind, she became content with the back seat, not realizing that God had prepared the best seats in the house for her. She dated a boy with legalistic parents who constantly held her up to their high standards. With those “holy” standards in mind, VanLiere began to question what were God’s standards for her. She would soon learn that “it’s our human plight to be imperfect and that it’s right there in imperfection that we receive grace, and that’s how we come to know God better” (p. 48). As her plans for a husband and children began to fall apart, God began to put the pieces together in His own ordained way. God brought a man into VanLiere’s life, and after a long struggle to have children of their own, they began adopting the children God had planned for all along.

VanLiere’s memoir will comfort Christians struggling to find God’s love and purpose in their lives. Whether the youth stained by sexual abuse, or the infertile wife longing for children, VanLiere teaches her readers to let go of their own plans and accept God’s plan. She proclaims the truth of Psalm 139:13-14, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Even if readers don’t yet understand or know His will, they can trust in His grace. As long as a person lives, the best has yet to come.

VanLiere tells her story with courage and conviction. She manages to have a sense of humor, even in describing the worst situations of her life. Hers is a memoir filled with words of wisdom and of Finding Grace. – Harmony Wheeler, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

First published April 1, 2009 (Booklist).  

Although many books are called “inspirational memoirs,” too few live up to their label. VanLiere’s is one of the finest. Her life journey got off to a rocky start. Molested twice at a very early age, VanLiere was to face other soul-ripping experiences, including miscarriage and multiple failures with fertility efforts. Somehow, through the steadfast observation of small, everyday things, VanLiere experienced life-altering epiphanies, and she shares these in an open, honest fashion. Her folksy, familiar style makes readers feel as though they’re communing with a close friend. At turns poignant and humorous, her memoir is impossible to put down. Laced with thought-provoking quotations from philosophers and other great minds as well as from the Bible, Finding Grace is never preachy or didactic. It has the same appeal as Rabbi Harold S. Kushner’s excellent book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People (1983). Author of the best-selling Christmas Hope series, VanLiere expresses wonder as she finds joy in the mundane and jubilation in life’s little extras.

Shelley Mosley

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  1. Elisabeth
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    December 4, 2009
    Elisabeth
    It should be noted that this book contains Obscene language. I understand that a book especially a memoir should be close to real life however a christian writer especially a for a book that would be sold in christian stores shouldn't contain those words. After the first chapter I put it down and didn't buy the book. Those words didn't have to be included and its sad a christian author thought they should. The scene could have been discribed in great detail without those words.
  2. Christy Lockstein
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 14, 2009
    Christy Lockstein
    Finding Grace by Donna VanLiere is a powerful memoir with a message of God and grace in your life. VanLiere was sexually abused as a child and compartmentalized it as her own fault making relationships difficult in her adult life. After facing multiple miscarriages and infertility, along with constant upheaval in her professional life, she finally discovered the gift of writing that God had given her and began the long process of adoption. VanLiere takes all of the bumps in her life's journey and turns them into opportunities for learning, not just for herself, but for the reader as well, who feels like a good friend by the time the last page is turned. As the author of The Christmas Shoes, the author has earned a reputation as a terrific writer, but this book also shows her as a true woman of God who is using her gifts to show His amazing grace.
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