Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.
This helpful book allows us to eavesdrop on a person thinking out loud about their life and finding a sense of eternal perspective in the process.
People find it difficult to cope with difference. We struggle with those who look, sound, or seem unlike us. Katy Christopher speaks of the challenge of navigating life as person born with a cleft lip and palate, and other health issues. Later in life she also came to the realisation that she was autistic.
The author explores the challenges of fitting in when she looked and acted differently, she speaks of misunderstanding, cruel words, and failing to fit in. The author also paints a vivid picture of disruption in her early life due to lengthy stays in hospital. She testifies to the brilliant treatment she received at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) but all the frustrations of what, at times, seemed like life being on hold.
Ironically it was in the GOSH chapel that the author came to clarity about her faith in Jesus and developed an interest in playing the church organ. Encouraged by her parents who were also accomplished musicians the author made rapid progress toward becoming a highly qualified organist. This has led to a career of playing church music, playing for funerals and teaching budding musicians.
The book is a lovely testament to how God can bring blessing out of brokenness, and fresh perspective out of the struggles of life.
Asked what advice she would give to her younger self, the author replied:
“Stick to who you are.”
This book shows how anyone can rediscover their true identity in Christ.
John Woods is a writer and Bible teacher based in West Sussex. He is Director of Training at the School of Preachers in Riga, Latvia
- Tricorn Books
- ISBN 9781914615283
- 143 pages