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After the trauma of a savage attack, a young farm girl recovers physically, but her identity, faith, and relationships are shattered.

This is the true story of Leona Stucky's childhood on a Kansas farm, surrounded by a loving family and the simple tenets of her Mennonite community. Violence enters her world in the guise of a young man who seems normal to everyone else but who Leona knows to be deranged in his obsession of her.

His unrelenting abuses take root, and Leona must deal with them utterly alone. Her pacifist father cannot avenge or protect her, nor can a callous justice system. Even God is impotent.

Leona is cast into a bewildering life of disgrace and poverty--with a baby, a violent husband, and battered faith. Through a series of page-turning events, she hacks through the bones of her naïveté to confront harsh realities and to probe the veracity of religious claims.

The Fog of Faith is a suspenseful and morally unflinching drama of shame and survival, as well as useable and unusual wisdom.

This volume includes thoughtful questions for readers and groups to further explore their own stories.

"Despite tragedy, joy and laughter dance across these pages." William LaRue, PhD, Founder of Compassionate Relating

"Insightful and compelling, this riveting memoir offers a perspective about violence against women, shame, feminism, trauma, resilience, and relationships." JoAnne Tucker, PhD, Filmmaker, Producer, Healing Voices - Personal Stories

"Naked with fear, aflame with rage . . . Glows with the insightful glitter of necessary art." Robert Mayer, Author of The Origin of Sorrow, The Dreams of Ada, Superfolks, and other books

Publication Date: 
May 5, 2017