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Book Review: When You Don't See His Plan, The Nadine Hennesey Story by Nadine Hennesey with Rebecca Baker

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV

Nadine grew up in a loving Christian home in Ohio, where the emphasis was on trusting in God to provide. Nadine was competitive and active in sports. Her family was close-nit. She had a determined and mature character, not wanting anything to deter her from following God's will for her life. When she thought of marriage she was determined to marry a man that would, "love God with all his heart and care about people more than things."
After graduating from college, Nadine met the man that would become her husband, Ed Hennesey. When Nadine first met Ed she responded to his friendliness with the cold shoulder, but gradually she grew to admire and respect him, later her love for him blossomed and she had to admit even to herself  he was hand-picked by God for her. Soon after marrying Nadine became pregnant, she and Ed were both over-joyed by the new life that would join their family. One month before their first wedding anniversary Ed died. Nadine was a young pregnant widow. Her grieving emotions felt as if they would swallow her. She missed Ed terribly and questioned God why this had happened. Her family and Ed's family were loving and supportive to her. After the birth of her baby, and when Nadine was ready to be more independent from her family, she moved to another state in order to teach. Eventually Nadine and her child left for the mission field, finally settling in war torn Mitrovica, Kosovo.
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Lately I've read a stream of so-so books, I was so thankful to read a book that was meaningful, and that spoke dearly to my heart!
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I was relieved in that Nadine's story was not awash with trying to sweep away her harsh raw emotions after the death of her husband. She was honest in questioning God, her fears for the future, the shock of knowing that her beloved husband is gone from this life, her lonesomeness for him.
I was uplifted and encouraged by her stark determination to begin a new chapter for her life.
She was patient in allowing herself to go through the stages of grief, and most of all awaiting what God would have her to do, but in His timing.
Nadine is an inspiration and a testimony. In spite of all the "what ifs", she followed God in to what she could not see with her own eyes, but what God had been planning for her all of her life. Each step in her life was a preparation for her future mission work.
I loved this book! It is a deeply moving book.
She took the road less traveled by, many women I've known have rebounded from a death or divorce by following their own emotional need, which often leads to a mistake. Nadine did not follow her inner turmoil, or fears, or sadness. She followed God.

One of my favorite quotes from the author Elisabeth Elliot.
"The teacher is the one who gets the most out of the lessons, and the true teacher is the learner."

Thank you to Discovery House for my free review copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Published by Discovery House Publishers 2011
176 pages
Christian Non-Fiction/Biography/Mission/Missionary/Faith

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Blissful Reading!