“Sometimes God calls us to help those we don’t want to help so He can provide healing for the broken parts of us.”
Tana Amen has lived a hundred lives in one. In an incredibly open and honest account of her life, Tana lays herself bare, encouraging readers to look past her outward appearance and see a woman who, despite her past, was able to forgive and experience transformation through the help of the Restorer of our souls.
Growing up in a poor yet eccentric family, Tana Amen’s childhood was anything but uneventful. With family members coming in and out of her life, her mother’s business ventures interchanging whenever a new opportunity arose, and traumatic events that stole her innocence, Tana learned from a young age what it meant to fight for survival. However, through seemingly endless trials and tribulations, a light shone through the darkness, bringing newfound peace and love into her life.
“As much as we all like happy endings, the trust is we are all works in progress with broken pieces and, hopefully, with repairs. We win, we lose, we carry on. We soar, we crash, we pick ourselves up. Or not. The choice is always our own.”
Before listening to The Relentless Courage of a Scared Child, I had never heard of Tana or Daniel Amen. It was the description (and the dog on the cover) that drew me to request the audiobook on NetGalley. With no idea what to expect, I dove into this memoir headfirst and was stunned at the strength and perseverance Tana exudes through the pages of her life. The love, forgiveness, inspiration, and transformation Tana experienced were remarkable. Despite the heartbreakingly tragic events she had to endure throughout her life, the way Tana picked herself back up and found the strength to live another day had me enthralled.
“In short, normal is a myth. Normal is the setting on a dryer. Normal is overrated.”
While unconventional, Tana Amen’s memoir is one of hope and faith. God broke through Tana’s thick walls, and He wants to do the same to each of us; however, we have to take the first step forward and accept His help. The road isn’t easy, and change won’t happen with the snap of our fingers, but when we look back and see how far we’ve come, we’ll find the strength and purpose needed to take another step forward.
The Relentless Courage of a Scared Child is an exceptionally written memoir that reads like a novel. I commend Tana Amen for being so vulnerable in the publication of this book. Her story will touch many lives and, I pray, will be the driving force others need to push on and not give up because the race isn’t over yet!
Note: The swearing is bleeped out of the audiobook, but I’m not sure if it’s censored in the book.
*Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a pre-release copy of this book. My thoughts and opinions are entirely my own!*