He Heard My Voice: A Midlife Mom's Journey Through Cancer and Stress and Her Unexpected Arrival at Healing and Wholeness Paperback – April 7, 2019
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- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1733836411
- ISBN-13 : 978-1733836418
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.56 x 8 inches
- Item Weight : 11.4 ounces
- Publisher : Morning by Morning Publishing (April 7, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,469,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author begins her story when she was in her mid-forties. She embraced her mother and nurse roles, and she was busy with her husband, two sons in high school and an elderly mother who needed care. Added to that, she was facing a job challenge and breast cancer (which is thankfully in remission for 18 years). The first few chapters describe her backstory, a bit choppy at times, but the rest of the book is smooth sailing.
She realized that she had a hard time relaxing and that being too adult had been a heavy load to carry. Then, she was “Saved by Sedona”. While on a business trip, she spent a few days in Sedona, Arizona on her own. Traveling by herself, “slowing down, moving as God led, lingering to be present and absorb each moment” renewed her spirit.
After her Sedona experience, the author decided to continue her solo trips. Each summer, she let God lead her to a place. Her only requirement was that it be by the ocean! Yes, her children worried that she would encounter axe murderers at the hostels she stayed at, but of course she instead met welcoming strangers who became friends.
Her memoir allows us to travel with her to each of the seven summer trips she took. From the Golden Girls of Tibbett’s Point in Cape Vincent, New York to The Sea of Peace House of Prayer, Edisto Island, God put people in her path and “enlarged her territory.”
Connie Rosser Riddle writes in a clear, friendly, and intimate way. She is open about sharing her challenges and mistakes as well as her moments of joy. She also writes some lovely descriptions. “Washed by the storm, the sunset that evening was beautiful with the purest light.”
The memoir includes questions at the end of each chapter for readers to consider, which I enjoyed pondering. Her source material is also referenced at the end. I recommend this book. I will treasure this well-written and lyrical memoir that spoke to me and taught me more about life.
Many thanks to the author for a review copy. This is my honest review.