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A whimsical comment from a kind stranger, "Be sure to search for purple cows," brings hope to a woman and her children fleeing from a life filled with trouble. In A Search for Purple Cows, Susan Call reveals to the world how painful a relationship can be when love deteriorates into a cycle of abuse and betrayal. Her moving memoir chronicles how she first met her husband, a handsome, stylish, generous man with whom she worked. Eventually they fell in love, married, and had two children. Their life seemed idyllic -- they had a beautiful home and everything a family could desire. But soon, inside those walls, Call was tormented by her husband's alcoholism, domestic abuse, and infidelity that cast her family into a world fraught with fear and despair. God found her in the midst of her pain, and showed her, through the unlikely source of a Christian radio station, that a journey toward Him was possible even in the most unthinkable circumstances. Call eventually found the strength to move on and start anew. Written with candor and grace, A Search for Purple Cows will leave you laughing, crying, and believing that God is present and able, ready to bring hope and healing.
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Publication Date: 2013
EllieHaverhill MAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5From Bad to Worse to RescueDecember 8, 2014EllieHaverhill MAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleSusan's story reads like fiction. Powerful, compelling, yet with the authenticity of her own harsh reality. The high point for me, perhaps, was the turning point of forgiveness, but this is closely followed by Joe's repentance. A story of grace and renewal, and yes, HOPE--the "purple cow" variety.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5escape from an abusive marriageOctober 31, 2013bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It is every woman's nightmare. You marry an attentive giver of lavish gifts only to find he is a controlling, possessive and threatening man.
Susan shares the romance, the wedding, and the marriage with Joe. While he had been a gentlemen in courting her, he became a possessively jealous man, threatening her life if she could not account for every minute of her day. He began to drink heavily. Susan persevered in the marriage and two children became part of the family. Then she learned of his infidelity with their recent au pair.
Susan was conflicted. She wanted the marriage to last but when her daughter began having nightmares of daddy hurting mommy, she knew it was time to act. She planned every detail of her escape. With the help of others, she and her children moved to a safe place. Then the legal battle for custody ensued. Though the journey was rough, Susan and her children made it safely to a new life.
Susan became a Christian during her marriage. She is quick to point out her dependence on God for her strength and preservation. She is also so grateful to those who helped her in her drastic time of need. She also gives God the credit for her ability to forgive. Her tone in the book is not one of bitterness or anger - just honesty.
Susan notes at the end of her book that, though this has been "her" journey, she believes "in reality it is His story; it is a reminder that God still performs miracles, he still answers prayers, and He still very much cares about each one of us." (224)
This is a hard book to read. It is hard to read about the terror a controlling and threatening man can instill in his wife,. Yet it is also an encouraging book. It is a book about possibilities, about no longer being trapped by our past, by pain, by guilt, or by shame. (226) Those facing circumstances similar to Susan's will find hope in its pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through the B&B Media Group for the purpose of this review.
Mrs. CMissourlAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Hooked From The First Page!October 26, 2013Mrs. CMissourlAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleMeets Expectations: 5Susan Call not only shares the heartache of her marriage, but the years of healing and finally reaching a place of forgiveness. This book grabbed me from beginning to end. I highly recommend A Search For Purple Cows if you are an abuse survivor, minister to the abused, or desire to read a memoir of God's amazing provision and healing in this woman's darkest hour