Redemption Through Forgiveness

How God Used My Mental Illness to Save Me

Christian - Non-Fiction
217 Pages
Reviewed on 02/17/2020
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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

In Redemption Through Forgiveness by Lisa Slaton, Lisa fears living more than dying. Abused and neglected as a child, Lisa was diagnosed with schizophrenia. As an adult, she battles with the voices in her head and tries to live a normal life, while longing to escape her mother's cruel torments. Lisa is introduced to God and finally finds out she has not only been wrongly diagnosed but discovers the peace and love she has longed for. As she comes to terms with her true diagnosis of Multiple Personality Disorder, Lisa makes a connection with her alters and realizes they have Christian beliefs that will lead her to salvation. Through her challenges with her dysfunctional family, loss, and illness, Lisa's faith is tested but finds God's love and mercy are infinite. As Lisa faces one more challenge from God, will she be able to forgive her abusive mother before it is too late?

Lisa Slaton is an inspiring and thought-provoking author. Lisa confronts her illness and abusive past with a brutal honesty that is both admirable and heartbreaking. Through her amazing descriptive narrative, we get a clear insight into the mind of someone with Multiple Personality Disorder. There are many memorable moments in Lisa's book, especially when she discovers the true meaning of the Old Testament and discovers the passage in Revelation. The confrontations with her mother are painful to read as Lisa's behavior seemed to revert back to that poor abused child. There are many powerful messages in Redemption Through Forgiveness that we can learn from. The meaning of true salvation and the realization that what you hope for is not always what you truly need. God has a bigger plan for all of us; we must simply learn to put our faith in Him.