Customer Reviews from Amazon
I purchased this book because I know the author personally. We both volunteered for an office that helped persons with disabilities. I had no idea that this author struggled with unbearable pain for years before we met.
Maryanne has many “gifts” from our Lord. She worked tirelessly to help persons with disabilities.
We never know what plan God has for us. And through Maryanne’s faith in our Lord, she was able to endure her pain for years not knowing what was causing her pain.
As serious as this book is, I got a chuckle when she told a story about the sisters and the candy corn. And being on the “most wanted” list. You would have to read the book to know what I’m talking about because I certainly will not give it away.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has faith in Jesus and is struggling in their life.
5.0 out of 5 stars God’s Plan
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2021
This book seemed to be a very honest and open memoir of the author’s days in religious life as a Nun. She tells all she went through physically and emotionally throughout that time, trying to be all things to all people while suffering for many years with daily severe neurological pain. This book will undoubtedly help many, many people who are going through pain in their lives – no matter what the cause or circumstances. The difficult decisions she had to make held the reader’s interest throughout. It was so well written that even though the subject matter was intense, the reader was eager to find out how it turned out. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I think it will help many, many people in a multitude of ways.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very well written – easy to read and understand. Held my interest and I read it in under a week.
Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2021
Is a must read for anyone who struggles with chronic pain. Although this book reveals the author’s struggle with pain, it aides to know you are not alone even when you feel defeated. I am not in this situation personally but have a friend whose daily life is a struggle to manage and know she will benefit from reading this. Very insightful and an excellent read. We all have struggles during our life but we are not alone; read it and you will understand.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Life can be very difficult. Stay strong in faith As you not alone.
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2021
If you suffer from chronic pain, then you are familiar with the intense desire for an end to your agony. And you might have offered up many prayers for relief. If you can relate, then Maryanne’s story will inspire and give you hope.
When her career as a graphic artist came to an unexpected end, she sought God’s will for her life. She loves God very much and reasoned she’d serve him best by entering religious life as a sister in a convent. Around the same time, she first started experiencing debilitating pain that medical experts could not explain or diagnose. Many years later, she learned that the “thorn in her flesh” was incurable.
When you have a chronic condition, sympathy from others eventually dries up. The expectation is that you must “get on with it” in your role as a functioning member of society. This was what Maryanne experienced. So she leaned on God, the only one who could change her situation. This led to countless hours spent in prayer as she searched for answers.
What I love about this memoir is the author’s vulnerability as her journey of pain led to yet another crossroad. She owns up to her mistakes, even as she highlights the crushing impact the dwindling emotional support from her community had on her. Her persistence in prayer is admirable, and her struggle to find God’s will is relatable. There are many lessons you can learn from Maryanne’s life.
Each chapter starts with a Bible verse that relates to what follows. The writing is easy to read–in fact, it’s a page-turner. I lost a few hours of sleep as I read into the wee hours of the night to learn how she resolved her situation. It is very gripping.
This true story will appeal to sufferers of chronic pain or any other chronic condition. It will benefit those who’d like to learn how to persevere in prayer. Approach it with an open mind and heart. You’re bound to find hope and encouragement from this book.
I received an ARC copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
5.0 out of 5 stars
A page-turner; it offers encouragement to those suffering from chronic pain.
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2021