Life for Susan Van Volkenburgh was good. She was often told that God had placed a golden star upon her life. Then tragedy struck. On September 11, 2001 at 9:37 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 plummeted into the Pentagon, taking the lives of 184 innocent people. One of them was Susan’s father, Stanley R. Hall. At that moment, everything changed for Susan. Everything she knew, everything she ever believed in, came crashing down. Her life began to unravel.
How could she face God in light of all that had happened? How could she ever trust Him again? Wasn’t God supposed to protect His own? Nothing made sense anymore.
This ten-year journey through the desert, through a land where God was silent, was a time of trial and of spiritual awakening. Could faith endure in the face of so great a loss, so large a betrayal?
Transcending the events of September 11, this spiritual odyssey moves through the mire of grief and loss, to question the very motives and promises of God. As Susan asks the tough questions, can the silent resolve of her own father speak to her from beyond the veil? Is there a place for faith when God has let you down?
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Having lived through the events of 9-11, this book took me back to the pain, the grief and the horror we all shared on that day. Susan Van Volkenburgh takes those feelings and remembrances and turns them inside out, examining everything behind them. I have had my own personal grief in my life (as we all have) and found Godly wisdom, comfort and understanding in the pages of this book.
Anyone reading Susan Van Volkenburgh's book will walk away with solace, peace and a level of sorrow healing not anticipated. Her articulation of her feelings enables you to walk hand in hand with her through her journey but also ultimately gain an overwhelming undertstanding of your own person trials. You'll cry, laugh and be humbled. The family love and support shown throughout is a testament to what we should all emulate and strive for in our lives. The most profound understanding is how despair can create illness in ourselves and in those closest to us, mainly our kids while work to over come it. This along with so many other insights, instantly unlocked an aspect of me that will remain forever changed. Thank you Susan for such an incredible gift!