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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
In Jesus, Please Throw Me a Doughnut by Jacqueline Guerrero we discover that the author is on a mission. She’s managed to make it this far in her life with her keen sense of humor and a love of good food. But life hasn’t been easy. Emigrating to the U.S. from the Philippines as a child, she grew up witnessing the horrors of her abusive father as he took his anger out on her mother. It scarred her, but she managed to find a satisfying life with a good husband. As a young wife and mother, with a best friend who’s always been there for her over the years, Jacqueline sets out to make changes for herself, while at the same time making things right for her family. She achieved this by writing. Once she started, she couldn’t stop, and she discovered that she had a fine grasp of the power of the written word. The result is a stunning and inspiring memoir.
Jacqueline Guerrero’s compelling work Jesus, Please Throw Me a Doughnut takes a deep look at one woman’s journey and mission to find solace. A bit of a dramatist, Jacqueline’s account is appropriately written like a stage script, mostly in the present tense. She uses two different perspectives to tell the story in both the past and present. In the past, she is the child telling her story, while in the present she is sharing details of her life with her best friend over good food and wine. As her journey progresses, the author finds her sense of consolation in her faith, her humor, and her love of food. Get out the Kleenex and a box of doughnuts (preferably double chocolate). Jesus might throw you a lifeline as you read, and it, too, might be in the form of a tasty doughnut.