She applied the Page 69 Test to Finding Grace: A True Story About Losing Your Way In Life...And Finding It Again, and reported the following:
Page 69 is the beginning of chapter five in Finding Grace so the words don’t even begin until more than halfway down, leaving only one-and-a-half paragraphs! There is a quote from Simone Weil, a French philosopher and activist, which actually is a good representation of the book. It says, “Each thing that takes place, whether it be fortunate, unfortunate, or unimportant from our particular point of view, is a caress of God’s.” I go on to write, “That caress is grace at the end of our rope.”Read an excerpt from Finding Grace, and learn more about the book and author at Donna VanLiere's website.
I wrote Finding Grace after many years of speaking in front of conferences, organizations etc. I began sharing an experience from my childhood where I was molested by a neighbor before I even entered kindergarten. Men and women would approach me afterward with tears on their faces because it was a pain they had never been able to share. Many people encouraged me to write my story but if I wrote a book about my experience I wanted it to be relatable to the reader. I never wanted the reader to put the book down and say, “That book was about molestation,” or “That book was about adoption.” I wanted them to say, “That book was my life but only with different names!” Thankfully, men and women are saying just that!
Finding Grace has a double meaning: how I discovered the transforming power of grace as an adult and adopting our first daughter Grace from China in 2002. It was a long journey to get to that point in my life (to a state of grace and halfway around the world in China) but one that is relatable to so many lives—maybe even yours!
I am honored that so many book clubs have chosen Finding Grace as their club’s selection and continue to be humbled by their response. I hope you’ll enjoy it and pass it on to others.
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