This is a very powerful and moving book. Greta Randle tells her amazing and harrowing journey in Forgiving the Impossible? From abuse to freedom and hope. This is a book that needed to be written, a book that needs to be read. BUT, it is a very emotional book, and you need to consider if you are able to handle what is described in the book before you begin.
Greta was abused by a family friend as a child, a family friend that went on to become her pastor and officiate in her wedding. Greta outlines her story, and is wise in not giving graphic details, yet tears stream down your face as you see what man is capable of in his sinfulness, and how utterly destructive and evil sin is.
The book spends time explaining how childhood abuse effected adult depression, marriage and family life. Greta has amazing honesty and deals insightfully with her self-perception of depression:
The perspective of Christianity that I had imbibed was about being happy, avoiding the valley and living on the dizzy heights of the mountain. I couldn’t work it out. My experience was far from the theory I had cherished. I was deeply disappointed with myself for not being a better Christian.
Such honesty in the book gives an important insight to those who have been abused and helps us to think through how we can best support, help and speak.
I was moved to see the years go by and glimmers of hope increase. A mix of secular and Christian counselling, good Christian friends and wise counsel come along over a decade and help Greta take steps towards reporting the abuse (he was jailed and died there), dealing with her inner scream, and coming to a place where she is now able to help others.
This book is a testament to Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 1:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
Greta, thank you for writing this book.
Father, thank you for healing.