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A Search for Purple Cows: A True Story of Hope
     

A Search for Purple Cows: A True Story of Hope

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by Susan Call
 

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A wife and mother’s amazing journey out of domestic abuse into a life fully restored. A whimsical comment from a kind stranger, “Be sure to search for purple cows,” brings hope to a woman and her children fleeing from a life filled with trouble. Susan Call reveals how painful a relationship can be when love deteriorates into a cycle of abuse and

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A wife and mother’s amazing journey out of domestic abuse into a life fully restored. A whimsical comment from a kind stranger, “Be sure to search for purple cows,” brings hope to a woman and her children fleeing from a life filled with trouble. Susan Call reveals how painful a relationship can be when love deteriorates into a cycle of abuse and betrayal. Her moving memoir chronicles how she first met her husband, a handsome, stylish, generous man whom she worked with. Their life seemed idyllic—they had a beautiful home and everything a family could desire. But soon, Call was tormented by her husband’s alcoholism, domestic abuse, and infidelity. God found her in the midst of her pain and showed her that a journey toward Him was possible even in the most unthinkable circumstances.

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Publishers Weekly
09/23/2013
Awarded the grand prize in the 2012 Inspiring Voices Book Publishing Contest, Call's debut memoir tells a story of escalating abuse at the hands of her husband that echoes that of other abused women. His alcoholism and jealousy create a toxic home environment that slowly isolates Call from family, friends, and even coworkers. When their former au pair comes for a visit and her husband reveals an ongoing affair with the woman and demands Call welcome her into their home, she knows she needs a safe exit for herself and her children. As she rebuilds a normal life, Call works to understand and give forgiveness, rebuild trust, and even help her children develop a good relationship with their father. The ways she sees God intervene to keep her safe and provide for her needs as a single parent give Call hope that through prayer, the impossible is possible. While the text makes few connections to the title, her story is a beacon of hope. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824934804
Publisher:
Guideposts
Publication date:
09/30/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
800,849
File size:
1 MB

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The Search for Purple Cows: A True Story of Hope 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very,very good. I couldn't put the book down! I learned so much from this book.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
A Search For Purple Cows is an inspirational story of one woman's personal journey of survival from an abusive marriage, and having the strength and faith to rebuild her life. In her poignant memoir, author Susan Call documents her emotional journey of living and escaping from a very tumultuous marriage to an alcoholic, that was filled with a traumatic cycle of domestic abuse and infidelity. In her memoir, the author documents the stages of her life from her upbringing to portraying the illusion of a perfect marriage and family life that was really a facade that masked its tumultuous reality. After eight years of living in a marriage that was unraveling due to her husband's behavior, Susan was forced to make an emotionally difficult decision to leave the marriage for the safety of her children and herself. Through her strength, hope and faith, Susan demonstrates that any person can escape, overcome, and heal from the dark times, and move forward as they rebuild their life. A Search For Purple Cows is one woman's powerful testimony of how she transformed her life. You can't help but feel compassion for Susan and her family as they courageously escaped a very dangerous family life for one that is now stable, happy and loving. Through her courage, strength, and faith, Susan is not a victim but a survivor, and her admirable ability to show forgiveness and understanding is truly inspirational. This is a wonderful story that is a testament to the true beauty of God's grace, and sheds light of empowerment for others to follow if they find themselves facing similar difficult life challenges.
JoyAnneTN More than 1 year ago
The author has overcome a life of abuse and has written her story to help others. Too many times women ignore the little warning signs as she did. How sad to think of the many women going through this daily.  I wasn't impressed with the writing style and felt the story could have been told better, the effect wasn't as powerful as it could've been. People need to be made aware and need to know what to do to help someone in a relationship like this. Abuse is horrible and no one should have to endure it. I'm thankful the author escaped this terrible marriage.  I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 
MiamiKel More than 1 year ago
My Review:  Susan Call's A Search for Purple Cows is an invaluable source for those of us lost, broken, seeking, searching, needing to heal.  Her book touches the very core of the person not sure where to turn, how to call out to, unsure of the very faith that you might have had all along but lost along the way.  Her words, true and just, reach right into the soul and make you say "I'm not alone."   Written from the heart from her own personal journey, her message is clear.  You don't have to have a life of being married to an alcoholic - your pain, your suffering, your fear, your worries, your demons can be of any walk of life, but one thing is clear - God has not forsaken us in the midst.  One point Susan Call makes is "many people are hurt by a range of issues, and those hurts become a personal prison.  But it does not have to be that way. We have a loving God who can set us free if we focus on him instead of the which threatens to devour us!"  Remarkably, this book touches the person who is lost, betrayed, scared, alone ... even though her story is that of a dutiful husband and the secret that lies below that eventually tears at their marriage, its' a great source to remind us that there is hope after heartache. This book was a great reminder that we may not have the road map in the journey of life.  We may have to readjust the sails and plan another route.  Take a chance and give yourself that gift of knowing you are a worth the steps forward and you can leave the bad stuff behind.  I highly recommend this book for anyone searching on a personal journey for healing and strength! Disclaimer:  A copy of this book was provided to me (to review and give my honest opinion) by The B&B Media Group.  The opinion expressed above is my own.