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Reviewed by Patricia Bell for Readers' Favorite
The Gift by L. Kay Adams is the story of Lucille Barby and her childhood rebellion. The account begins with her birth, which proves from the very start that Lucille was a tenacious child when she tried to come out feet first. Throughout her life, Lucille made a slew of bad decisions, such as stealing, lying, disobeying her parents, the last of which was the choice to have premarital sex with the boy she loved. Arthur. Consequences seemed to be no concern to either of them until Lucille ended up pregnant. She soon found that life was about more than hanging out and having fun. She had hard decisions to make and refused to allow others to make them for her. In turn, she and Arthur would have to grow up much quicker than either of them had expected.
L. Kay Adams is a brave warrior to be obedient and tell her story. And it most likely was not the easiest one to tell. Growing up in the eighties myself, I appreciate how as a young girl she must have suffered considerable shame and embarrassment to be pregnant so young. But still, she endured and prevailed. The Gift is an inspiring story of hardship and love, and what you can accomplish when you are obedient to the omniscient voice of God. And the story of a stubborn young woman who fought the odds to keep her “gift” and care for it, regardless of what anyone else thought. God made this woman stubborn for a reason. Without it, she and her family may not have prevailed under such a hardship. Wonderful story, L. Kay Adams. I am truly inspired!