A Search for Purple Cows: A True Story of Hope

Susan Call. Guideposts Books (Ideals, dist.), $14.99 trade paper (240p) ISBN 978-0-8249-3441-5
Awarded the grand prize in the 2012 Inspiring Voices Book Publishing Contest, Call's debut memoir tells a story of escalating abuse at the hands of her husband that echoes that of other abused women. His alcoholism and jealousy create a toxic home environment that slowly isolates Call from family, friends, and even coworkers. When their former au pair comes for a visit and her husband reveals an ongoing affair with the woman and demands Call welcome her into their home, she knows she needs a safe exit for herself and her children. As she rebuilds a normal life, Call works to understand and give forgiveness, rebuild trust, and even help her children develop a good relationship with their father. The ways she sees God intervene to keep her safe and provide for her needs as a single parent give Call hope that through prayer, the impossible is possible. While the text makes few connections to the title, her story is a beacon of hope. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/23/2013
Release date: 10/01/2013
Paperback - 164 pages - 978-1-4624-0383-7
Portable Document Format (PDF) - 240 pages - 978-0-8249-3566-5
Ebook - 240 pages - 978-0-8249-3480-4
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