Book Review: Broken Brain, Fortified Faith
By Virginia Pillars
Familius LLC, 2016
Available From: Familius LLC, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Exisle-Publishing, Walmart, Rakuten.com, Target
Awards: The Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval
Broken Brain, Fortified Faith is the true story of how one woman deals with her adult daughter’s diagnosis of schizophrenia, several hospitalizations, legal issues, and other family crises, over a two-year period, including: infertility, the death of an infant grandson, and her daughter-in-law’s breast cancer. This memoir describes how the family struggles with these difficult issues and responds to the setbacks with the help of trusted friends and support groups.
Once I began reading Broken Brain, Fortified Faith, I found it difficult to put down. It is a compelling read, understandable, and well-written. The author writes in a captivating, candid style, sharing all her emotions – her anger, frustrations, and heartaches, as well as her blessings, hopes, and joys.
The central theme of this book — the miraculous power of love and prayer to bring healing and hope in the midst of pain and suffering – captured my heart. Reading this book was like having an intimate conversation with a good friend, the kind of friend who is honest, loyal, and supportive. The author is certainly someone I would want for a friend in a time of difficulty – a woman of fortitude, prayer, and patience who finds her strength in the Rock, the Fortress, and the Deliverer. By sharing her beautiful memoir, she is blessing many who feel alone in these challenging trials.
Broken Brain, Fortified Faith is the poignant, uplifting, and hopeful story of one woman and her family to conquer crises by drawing strength from one another and God to deal with the trials He sends them. It is a book that I especially recommend for all who have had to deal with the stigma of a mental health diagnosis, their family members and friends, and those who counsel and assist them.
Virginia Pillars has owned and operated a business since 1994. She volunteers for the National Alliance on Mental Illness organization as an instructor for the Family to Family educational program and leads support groups. Certified in First Aid for Mental Health, she speaks on mental illness, operating a small business, and quilting for organizations, workshops, and faith retreats. She’s had two pieces published in devotionals, four essays in various anthologies, including two in Chicken Soup for the Soul, and other works of nonfiction. Virginia, a mother of four adult children, lives on an Iowa farm with her husband.