An East Belfast
wild child who left home at seventeen to live with her paramilitary
boyfriend. A lead singer in Christian band, Iona, enjoying great career
success but desperately longing for a child. A devoted wife nursing her
beloved husband through a degenerative illness. An apparently disparate
group who share one vital thing – a relationship with God.
SEASONS OF WOMANHOOD brings us the stories of ten women – all at
different stages of their life journeys - facing life with courage and
faith. There is Karen whose husband took their youngest child to school
one morning and never returned home.
No one who knew him could believe that this church elder, home group
leader and worship leader had decided to leave his wife and children to
live with someone else.
From the depths of despair, Karen gradually realised that God could
step into the mess of her life and give her a whole new ministry.
Elaine grew up among Protestant paramilitaries in East Belfast, her
teenage years lost to alcohol and antisocial behaviour. When she left
home at the age of seventeen to live with a prominent paramilitary, she
achieved instant status in her local community. She soon discovered the
true meaning of the word terrorism however, as fear became the dominant
emotion in her life. At the age of twenty three, her decision to change
direction and follow Christ had deep repercussions on the rest of her
The wide range of women’s profoundest experience is visited in this
book – the joys and pains of motherhood – infertility, miscarriage,
post-natal depression. The trauma of a broken marriage; anorexia; the
struggle of caring for a beloved, chronically-ill relative. Nor are the
challenges of later life overlooked. Grandmother, Hilary, continues a
meaningful life into retirement and Alzheimer’s sufferer, Jean, in the
frightening confusion of her memory loss, still holds onto her faith
and looks forward to being with her Lord.
Wendy Bray writes of Seasons of Womanhood, ‘There are no celebrities in
this book; no guaranteed happy endings, comfortable career choices or
stories of star-struck success. Instead, there are real lives of real
faith in a real God who show up in the toughest of circumstances for
the most ordinary of women.’
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