Sins of a Father by Kitty Chappell
Non-Fiction. Published 2003.
Read: July 2012, 227 pages
Kitty Chappell’s childhood was terrifying. She and her family suffered appalling abuse at the hands of her father, who eventually went to jail for attempting to murder her mother. She forgave him upon his release, and they were reconciled–a reconciliation that lasted until he killed his second wife and then himself. Chappell’s story is extraordinary not because of its anguish, but because she has emerged emotionally and spiritually whole. “While my book begins with the horrors of a child born into abuse, it ends with hope, for it is a book about overcoming.” Chappell’s book does not contain psychological theories, but credible, biblical hope for overcoming pain from one who has earned the right to speak on the subject. Her triumphant story is liberating for every woman, because ultimately the choice of forgiveness is before us all.
I dogeared so many pages of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the style of writing and Kitty’s openness. Her story is moving and powerful. If you’re interested in how to forgive, she brings many interesting points to the table. The best part is her connection to God.
Kitty understands she was created for God. She trusted him and chose to forgive her earthly father. She talks about changing her self-image, building character, seeking God, and letting go. God will help us do what we need to do but he won’t do it for us. From survivor to over comer: 1) forgiveness, 2) accountability, 3) gratitude. Personally, I am constantly teaching these three principles to the kids I work with as a therapist. We cannot let our circumstances or our past define us.
What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God. -p143
It doesn’t take a lot of strength to hang on. It takes a lot of strength to let go. -p164
*LookAgain* by Lisa Scottoline
Fiction. Published 2009.
Read: December 2011, 377 pages
When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a “Have You Seen This Child?” flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look at it again, and her heart stops—the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she’s a journalist and won’t be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth. And she can’t shake the question: if Will rightfully belongs to someone else, should she keep him or give him up? She investigates, uncovering clues no one was meant to discover, and when she digs too deep, she risks losing her own life—and that of the son she loves. Lisa Scottoline breaks new ground with this thriller that’s both heart-stopping and heart-breaking, and sure to have new fans and book clubs buzzing.
Wow! I’m really impressed with the flow and thrilling turns of this book. It is fun to guess what’s going to happen next and I couldn’t put it down- finishing it in a day. I would recommend this book to most readers who enjoy a little mystery.
Ellen is a reporter who recently adopted a sick child after meeting him in the hospital. When she receives a flyer in the mail of a missing child who looks just like her son, it sends her on a wild hunt in pursuit of the truth. Suddenly people involved in her adoption case start turning up dead and everything seems out of place. Dead ends eventually turn into leads and she finds the answers, but it’s not exactly what Ellen was hoping for.
When coincidences start turning into deaths, Ellen suddenly puts the nightmare together, but of course it is a little too late. Twists to this adventure are in every chapter. My one complaint is that there is less depth in the characters and less true meaning that I found in this story. The author points to the moral of the story being– who does your child belong to: the parent or himself. It’s obvious not every parent would have gone to these lengths to find out the truth, but it’s unrealistic to think there couldn’t have been more insight and meaning along with the adventure. Also, it was hard to truly like Ellen. I found her crush on her boss cliche and I hated that she would leave all the parenting up to Connie, the babysitter. But, overall, I really did like the plot- it kept me guessing and wondering. I think it’s a very pure and exciting form of love to adopt a child. What a blessing.
Will sniffled. ‘You hurt Oreo Figaro, Mommy…You throwed him….It wasn’t nice.’ -p292