In WILLED IN HIS GRACE Laura Jaka describes her motivation to go back to her native country of Sierra Leone at the end of 2018. She begins the book by describing her early life in Sierra Leone and her extended family. She introduces “Mamma,” her grandmother, who raised her and describes the love she had for this tiny, yet powerful, woman. She recounts her own mother, far too young to raise her herself, and her extended family, who rejected her because of her poverty. She recounts being sent to Italy, to live with her father, his ailing wife and her abusive brothers, by Mamma in the hope that she’d have more opportunities. She got a job and through God’s providence, she got a passport and an American visa.
Her time in America was full of unfortunate events that put her in circumstances beyond her control. She was also forced to rely on people who didn’t understand her for help. From working a job at McDonald’s while not speaking English to getting accused of stealing from the register, to starting a new job where she knew no one to getting arrested for a crime she did not commit, she recounts how she narrowly escapes paying for the evil of others by her complete trust in God. Because she willingly suffers what He appoints, she continues to walk on his path.
As Jaka recounts working with clients as a certified nursing assistant, she illustrates how the key relationships in her life develop and how these people shape her. She recounts her pregnancy and the birth of her child, the end of the relationship with the child’s father and the beginning of her deeper relationship with God. She lives through working three jobs at a time while relying again on the mercy of strangers to raise her daughter, her near homelessness and her trust that God would get her through.
Throughout her experience of becoming a Christian mystic and the revelations and appearances God sent to her, we learn that Jaka is not an ordinary person but, rather, an extraordinary one. As she conforms her life more to the graces she receives, she is led back to her native country of Sierra Leone, to help those who can’t help themselves in the aftermath of a natural disaster. As she brings peace to those struggling in her home land, she is finally able to heal from the trauma that began there for her, to forgive those who hurt her and to thank God for choosing her to live according to His Will.
WILLED IN HIS GRACE by Laura Jaka is a heartrending account of the faith necessary to overcome the hardship in beginning a new life and, against all odds, succeed.
~Meredith Lindemon for IndieReader