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Are you going through life's ups and downs alone? Are you a victim of the foster system or adopted and want to know, Why me? Can there ever be life after abuse or abandonment? If you have experienced opposition or neglect, this book is for you. In her autobiography, The Life of a Lily, author Lily L. Ratliff shows you that through all of your mess, God can bring you to a point of acceptance of what life has given you, with the vigor to carry on. A catalyst for hope and restoration in your life, with easy-to-read vignettes and relevant corresponding Scriptures, The Life of a Lily shows how a young girl triumphs by discovering what so many others failed to realize: that God had a plan for her life.
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Testament of God's power Jul 12, 2008
Lily Ratliff shares her life story and her journey to a closer relationship with God in THE LIFE OF A LILY: Growing in His Strength, Blooming in His Love. Lily, who is only in her thirties has lived through quite a number of difficulties. To start, she was born during a time when her parents' relationship was at its worst. Her mother was severely depressed as a result of her failing marriage and her husband's violence and as a result Lily was born underweight and with numerous health challenges. After her health failed to really improve, Lily's grandparents decided to have her live with them, but a visit to the doctor confirmed the poor state of her health and offered a poor prognosis. God had a different plan and despite the doctors' predictions that Lily would live a short life, slowly but surely, she began to thrive.
Though Lily overcame many of her early health challenges and was well cared for by her grandparents, she carried emotional wounds throughout most of her life. She had no real relationship with her father and not much of a relationship with her mother and as a result, she struggled with feelings of resentment and rejection. By college, these sometimes subconscious feelings often led to poor decision making despite the firm foundation provided by her grandparents. Eventually this led to failed relationships and marriages and Lily couldn't have been farther away from God. However, as she struggled, she began to pray and her relationship with God deepened, though she continued to struggle with life's challenges, relationships, the loss of a sibling, and even post-partum depression and mother hood, she was changed because she finally began to deal with her past and rely on God.
THE LIFE OF A LILY is a short read in which the authors share her journey with other readers in an effort to show how God worked in her life. The book is more a series of vignettes than the complete story and many of the chapters include scripture references. Though Lily's story is deeply personal and I respect her for choosing to share it with readers, I often found myself wanting to know more details and wanting her to delve deeper into the emotions she experienced. In spite of this THE LIFE OF A LILY will remind readers that God's power is not limited by our human frailties and through him we can overcome.
Reviewed by Stacey Seay of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
Forgiveness May 23, 2008
"The Life of a Lily" was a poignant tale. The author opened her heart and shared her life experiences with the reader. What I liked about the book was that the author did not sugarcoat her actions. When she was wrong, she took responsibility for her behavior. She gave readers insight into her strained relationships with her parents and half siblings. For me, the overall message of the book was forgiveness. This book was a quick and easy ready with a powerful message. I recommend it.
First comes rain....Then comes blossoms Apr 21, 2008
Sometimes heartwarming and sometimes heartrending, 'The Life of a Lily' is a fast-paced true-to-life account that is sure to open its readers eyes to what it genuinely means to be a human flower, nurtured by the hands of God.
National bestselling author, Kendra Norman-Bellamy
TRULY AMAZING! Apr 18, 2008
The life of a Lily by Lily L. Ratliff is a must read! There is a certain sadness and awareness that the writer approached, caressed and owned in penning this story of her life. Meet Lily the product of two people who did not know how to love or take care of each other. Once Lily's mother felt abandoned by the love of her life, she no longer cared if her baby lived or died. Born into this world prematurely, at three pounds, Lily proved to be a fighter from the very beginning and she has shown over time that she is indeed here for a reason.
I read this short autobiography in one sitting; where I found myself laughing, crying, concerned and full of every emotion possible. This is not a book for the weak at heart, because you will be forced to feel and walk in Lily's shoes as she candidly talks about her childhood. Where she fights for attention from her mother, not knowing her father and worshipping her grandparents. Ms. Ratliff has bared her soul and has come out on top after the grueling ordeal that she faced growing up, she was able to repair herself mentally and physically.
She is a breath of fresh air-- here to let you know that you are not alone no matter how you feel. That you can not let anyone guide you, destroy you, or kill your dreams because when you are at your lowest all you have to do is call out to God and he is always on time. I recommend this book to readers of all genres! And I look forward to reading more from Ms. Ratliff in the near future!
Reviewed by: Cheryl H APOOO BookClub
Inspirational Lily!!! Apr 12, 2008
Rarely have I picked up any book and read it in one night. The Life of a Lily captured me and wouldn't let go. This triumphant story proves that no matter what happens on life's journey, divine strength can challenge it and win. This uncovering of one of God's precious children was emotional, shocking, and most of all inspiring.When you think life's trials have defeated you, pick up your copy of The Life of a Lily. It will prove that the Lord will make a way somehow. I look forward to enjoying Lily's future work. Thank you for inspiring!!!!