Sometimes horrible things happen to us, and we don’t know how to deal with them. We don’t know where to go, who to turn to or what truths to grab hold of. One way or another, for good or for ill, these events alter the complete shape of our lives. That’s what happened to Amber Mauldin, the author of Perfectly Broken: A Memoir of Rape and Redemption. On October 9, 1998, she was attacked and violated in a horrible way, and this event changed the entire shape of her life.
In her healing, and in her search for meaning, she finds herself going to the authorities, sorting through the ways that she’s been changed, truly reading the Bible for the first time, and eventually testifying against her rapist. She also realizes, through some time spent away from home that perhaps “the old Amber” wasn’t destroyed and that despite being changed, she’s being rebuilt from the brokenness that was within.
Perfectly Broken is a page turner as you are taken into a world where a teenager, struggling to make sense of the world, reels between brokenness, anger and fear in the days and months after being raped. The writing is raw and the feelings of pain and anger are transmitted through the pages of the book. In fact, sometimes I had to remind myself of what the narrator had been through to continue to feel sympathy for the person who was seemingly angry at everyone she came in contact with.
However, the writing doesn’t end there. Her mother, much to be commended for her tough love and kindness toward her daughter, decides that part of helping her daughter would be to return to the church to drag her along. It is there that a youth minister challenges her to read sections of the Bible, such as the book of Job, to help her make sense of what happened to her. It is then that healing begins, and the rest of the book continues to chronicle her healing journey, and even gives the reader a peek into the fully healed adult that she would eventually become.
There are two things that I love about this memoir. The first is that the author has to depart the ordinary of her every day life to complete her healing. I love that healing is a journey and that the departure from the ordinary is what it takes to see that she is really healing and that her life, despite one horrific event, is actually a good one. it reminds me of how sometimes a change in perspective is all it takes to change our lives. The world is no different , but when we see it through a different view, sometimes we find that we’re different.
I also love when the author is talking to to the lawyer and the lawyer asks her what makes her different and gives her the peace and security that the other victims of the rapist lack. Her only answer is that God has worked in her life and given her a peace that she otherwise wouldn’t possess. That’s the kind of testimony that we all wish would become apparent in our lives.
If you’d like to experience this book for yourself and see the healing that God has brought forth in Mauldin’s life, I have an opportunity for you to win a copy of this book. I’m giving away one paperback copy of this book, and will end this giveaway on 7/7/2015. To be entered in the giveaway, all you have to do is to leave a comment!! Winner will be selected via Random.org.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. Thanks! I was not required to write a positive review, and my opinions are my own.