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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Review: Atlas Girl by Emily Wierenga

The first day of July is an important day for me every year.  This is the day my parents said, “I do” many moons ago.  They are still saying it to this day!

I fully realize how blessed I am with my family and the home in which I was raised.  My parents still live in the house we moved to just before my 4th birthday.  (Although, I think a fresh start would be wonderful for my mom and dad, too).

It seems fitting that today is also the day that ATLAS GIRL: Finding Home in the Last Place I though To Look, by Emily Wierenga, releases today!!  You can get your copy at Amazon or wherever you purchase books.

Emily shares with us her journey over decades and continents to find what she really longs for in this life: love and home.  Along the way she grows to discover that,  like Dorothy and her shoes that will take her home, she has had it all along and didn’t realize it.

Atlas Girl is a raw and honest look at life from a girl who develops a personal awareness that is rare.  It is at times painful and frustrating to read, but no more than it must have surely been to live.  What joy and hope come though from the realization that God is truly in control of our lives when we surrender our fears and needs to Him.

Emily, if you are reading this, thank you for sharing your life and your insights.  I know we ought not make comparisons of ourselves to others, but in doing so without judgment I am able to see myself a little better and also to see others better.  My box that I keep God in also starts to split a little wider at the corners and His glory shines out.

This memoir is less about travel and more about the journey to being a child of God and receiving His love.  Shouldn’t that be our destination.  Emily says it this way near the end…

“That’s all we ever need, isn’t it?  To know how much we are loved.  To know the lengths to which someone will go.

It just takes one person, believing in you.  It just takes one person, loving on you.  That’s all it takes to change the world.”

                                                                        Atlas Girl p. 203

I was privileged to receive a copy of this book from the publishers to read in advance of release, it is a joy to encourage you to read Emily’s story.

Emily will be a speaker at Allume this October in Greenville, SC.  There are still some tickets available and can be purchased here.

All proceeds from sales go directly to Lulu Tree - preventing tomorrow's orphans by equipping today's mother's.

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