4 out of 4 stars
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Our time on this world is a journey. Our faith formation develops to shape us and our perceptions to guide us along the way. In Memory of Miracles by Beth Durkee we are granted a glimpse into one woman’s small piece of that journey. In this beautiful memoir, the author shares a glimpse of what it means to grow up and develop a relationship with God. Through her life experiences she shares how God has impacted her life from the grand through minute happenings that so many of us have encountered.
The journey begins with a small background on the family. The parents were university graduates of different faiths doing their best to raise their children. During the author’s childhood the dad was often away for work and the mother was left alone to care for the children. In school she had to learn how to be alone in a world full of people. The mother, in searching for her own faith and relationship with God dropped her daughter off to Sunday school at the Presbyterian Church down the street. It was there that her faith journey began. Through a series of memories the author recounts how God has been active in her life through small things and other times through horrible life threatening situations. As she grew, she found herself becoming more attracted to her father’s Catholic faith.
The author shows us how life has a funny way of throwing curve balls along the way. Being a teenager having to raise a child out of wedlock while finishing school is a struggle many have faced. Having the support of parents through this and surviving several strokes and the remaining disabilities allowed her to continue on. If it had not been for this faith she had developed as a child she would not have had the help for her to survive through this glimpse of her life’s journey.
I give this memoir 4 out of 4 stars. This memoir gives witness to the powerful connection that faith can have on a person. I found this memoir to be in touch with so much of my own life’s experiences growing up Catholic. I have learned that without faith I cannot get through this journey called life.
This was an enjoyable read. I found the reading to be of mirror-like quality of my own journal entries. I found myself wanting to read more about her life’s journey. I felt letdown when the memoir was ended.
Memory of Miracles
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