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My Path of Faith: A Life's Journey Learning How to See, Live and Love through Jesus' Eyes by Barbie Carlisle shares a real-life journey of hurt, guilt, and healing, and a dramatic and inspiring connection with God. In the opening lines, the author shares something that many readers might have felt at some point in their life; the sense of guilt that is communicated to our fragile minds when we are left without love: “For many years I believed everything bad happening to me was because my own mother couldn’t love me. I thought I’d done something horribly wrong, which I couldn’t remember and was to be punished all my life for it.” The author has experienced sexual, emotional, and physical abuse and a lot of painful experiences that left her feeling as though she deserved all the pain she was experiencing. But everything changes with a deepened relationship of faith. Her path to healing and faith is filled with lessons for readers.
This memoir is told in a simple, yet powerful voice and the author’s honesty makes it even more compelling. The story explores her childhood — of which she has a wonderful recollection — and the dynamics of family life, a family of four children, and her deep connection with her father. The reader is left in no doubt that the courage with which the author writes about her pain can only be the fruit of a relationship of truth and faith established with Jesus. In the book, she narrates her journey from a woman who feels awful about herself to one who is deeply loved, and the love that she receives changes the way she sees herself and others. My Path of Faith is an inspiring story, one that will encourage readers to look past their hurts and find hope in a love that is unconditionally given. It contains lessons of faith, parenting, self-love, and healing.