Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Review: Atlas Girl by:Emily T. Wierenga

 Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look
About the Book:
Disillusioned and yearning for freedom, 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 Canada, Central America, the United States, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. She had no idea that her faith was waiting for her the whole time--in the place she least expected it.

Poignant and passionate, Atlas Girl is a very personal story of a universal yearning for home and the assurance that we are known, forgiven, and beloved. Readers will find in this memoir a true description of living faith as a two-way pursuit in a world fraught with distraction. Anyone who wrestles with the brokenness we find in the world will love this emotional journey into the arms of the God who heals all wounds.

About the Author:
Emily T. Wierenga is an award-winning journalist, blogger, commissioned artist and columnist, as well as the author of five books including "Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look" (Baker Books). She lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and two sons. For more info, please visit www.emilywierenga.com

My Review:
 God is in every moment, good, bad, big , small. He is everywhere, all the time. Emily and her parents left home to become missionaries and its during their time overseas that she almost starved herself to death. Atlas Girl, is her story---her story of looking through her fog and finding her God. Its a story of near hopelessness and finding hope, a hope that would continue to find her crumpled on the floor, that would pick her up and guide her to freedom.

 She moved on during each episode in life continually reaching up to God for His strength, so that she would endure the next obstacle or valley in her life. Written in her own words, thoughts, and feelings she shows a tremendous amount of faith and courage. She describes her journey that seems like my journey and others, I'm sure. Sometimes we get so deep within ourselves we miss out on the life going on around us. This is a look at life through Emily's eyes.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Revell.