"We are going to focus on LIFE for Katya. I believe, one day, she will amaze the world."

Dr. Ben Carson on Katya Dueck

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Between 2 Gods

For some time now, I have been awaiting the release of "Between 2 Gods--A Memoir of Abuse in the Mennonite Community" by Trudy Harder Metzger.

Yesterday, I was finally able to download it to my Kindle App and read the book.  Having heard bits and pieces of Trudy's story before, I still found it helpful to follow the story in chronological order, and there were parts of her story that were new to me.

I found much I could relate to, since not only did I move in some of the same circles that Trudy had, but I also knew some of the specific people she mentions. There was much food for thought, but I think one of the things that stuck out the most to me was when Trudy wrote about how after moving to the "conservative" Mennonite church that there was an effort to change and mold her personality. I could certainly relate to that from my own experience as a child whose parents changed churches too! It was a painful, soul-draining experience to have gone through, and the nasty after-math lingered with me well into adulthood until I was able to sort out that I was who I was because GOD made me to be that way, and I did not need to be remade "in their image" into some "ideal Mennonite woman" that I was not created by God to be.

Trudy writes honestly about the abuses she experienced or witnessed but she remains sensitive and discreet throughout the book. She speaks truth, but does not try to be sensational.

I felt that the conclusion of the book was a bit abrupt. It would have been good I think to have more of her story of healing shared, but am hopeful that this signals a possible sequel in the works!

Recommending this book to anyone who wants to read truth, or anyone who wants to see the loving pursuit of a faithful God who cares!

This post is my own opinion entirely, and I did not, nor will I receive anything at all for writing this--not even a free book! However, the link given is my affiliate link, and I will receive a small percentage of the cost of almost anything ordered from Amazon though that link.


Trudy Metzger said...

Hi Hope,

I stumbled across this while searching for something else, and wanted to say 'thank you' and I'm honoured.

What jumped out most, though, is that Dr. Ben Carson spoke such words of life and hope over Katya! He's one of my 'afar heroes', whose story has long inspired me.

Maybe one day we'll meet...


Hope Anne said...

Thank you, Trudy! We are honored that you found our blog and left a comment! And as to Dr Carson, we feel the words he spoke over Katya on that very first visit were truly prophetic!! He admits that she started by surprising HIM even soon afterwards! ;-)