Susan Call is a speaker and author who enjoys sharing her insights from life’s valley, offering hope and wisdom to her audiences.
She holds an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Eastern Nazarene College and a BA in Computer Science from Susquehanna University. She also studied at Uppsala University and Vilundaskolan in Sweden.
She lives in New Hampshire with her current husband Jim and their five children.
Visit the author’s website.
A whimsical comment from a kind stranger, ‘Be sure to search for purple cows,’ brings hope to a woman and her children fleeing from a life filled with trouble. In A Search for Purple Cows, Susan Call reveals to the world how painful a relationship can be when love deteriorates into a cycle of abuse and betrayal.
Her moving memoir chronicles how she first met her husband, a handsome, stylish, generous man with whom she worked. Eventually they fell in love, married, and had two children. Their life seemed idyllic — they had a beautiful home and everything a family could desire. But soon, inside those walls, Call was tormented by her husband’s alcoholism, domestic abuse, and infidelity that cast her family into a world fraught with fear and despair.
God found her in the midst of her pain, and showed her, through the unlikely source of a Christian radio station, that a journey toward Him was possible even in the most unthinkable circumstances. Call eventually found the strength to move on and start anew. Written with candor and grace, A Search for Purple Cows will leave you laughing, crying, and believing that God is present and able, ready to bring hope and healing..
Let me just start by saying….I COULD NOT STOP READING THIS BOOK!
It’s written so well, I felt like I was reading a novel and kept reminding myself that THIS IS NOT FICTION!
I was pulled into Susan’s story. I was easily dazzled by Joe’s flirty advances and felt her tug-of-war between Blake and Joe.
The early signs of jealousy, isolation and manipulation worried me.
When Joe tricks Susan into thinking he has to move across the country, she fears it will be the end of their relationship….and later tells her that he made it all up- to test her loyalty….it really ticked me off!
And all this, before they marry!
Joe’s childhood stories were heartbreaking (abusers have usually been abused themselves).
There are moments in the book where I felt everything would be okay and other moments that were so hard to read (especially knowing that these things really happened).
What I really love about this book is that it makes God BIG! Bigger than our problems, our grief, our heartache and our pain.
But just what in the world do PURPLE COWS have to do with all of this????
You’ll have to read to find out!!!!
*****5/5 STARS HIGHLY RECOMMEND*****
List Price: $14.99
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Guideposts Books (October 1, 2013)