A contributor to Guideposts annuals for ten years, Karen Valentin's narrative pieces about her journey to marriage and motherhood and then to single motherhood have resonated with readers. Here she collects the longer versions of her pieces and adds many new ones.
Karen lived an adventurous single life but longed for a family of her own. After years of maintaining her vow of purity and waiting for a man who shared her Christian faith, she fell in love with her best friend and co-worker. They married. She bore two sons. They divorced.
With humor, honesty and raw emotion, Valentin tells her story of wrestling between God's will and her own, with visions of happily ever after. In the midst of her weakness and grief, she experiences God's strength and restoration like never before. Through her family and friends, mission workers, the pastor of Graffiti Church, and her two beautiful boys, God turns her ashes to beauty and her sorrow into joy.
Women who desire to be loved, who know the pain of rejection and who have found themselves in a dark place will be touched by her pain and encouraged by her victories.
Whether you've been touched by separation, divorce or a broken home, or it's your friend, sister, mother or daughter who've gone through the experience, Karen's story will help you connect with your own emotions and give you tools to reach out to those in similar situations.
If you're a mother that has ever struggled with anything, Valentin will speak to you in some way or another. The Mother God Made Me To Be is a compilation of short stories that encapsulate motherhood; the good, bad and the straight-up ugly. She is authentic about the disappointment that comes with having to raise her two sons alone in NYC and the crushing reality that she never dreamed it would be. She is also hopeful and honest about the living God, who walks with her, despite the difficult times. She talks about the community of people who have loved and wrapped their arms around her, despite always feeling like she wasn't deserving of it. If you ever struggled with anything as a human, as a woman or a mother, you can relate to her struggles. If you're a single mom, know someone who is or someone who is going through a divorce and is now raising kids alone, this book is an encouragement. It reminds the reader that they are not alone, to stay the course, to seek God, to find community and to know there is always HOPE. If Karen can pull through, anyone can. I highly recommend picking up this book. It is an encouragement as you go through one of the most difficult times in your spiritual, emotional and family life changes.
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