Title: It Happened In A Lutheran Church
Author: R.L. Moatz
Genre: Christianity / Religion
Number of Pages: 236
Synopsis: A mother’s heartfelt memoir outlines a nine-month saga that plays out in a Lutheran church beginning with a shocking confrontation and leading to an emotionally shattering chain of events that forever alters the course of her ten-year-old son’s life.
What begins as a mother’s promise to speak the truth on behalf of her child, evolves into a catharsis, and ultimately, forgiveness, as the author painstakingly chronicles her introspective journey.
After a sudden verbal attack from another parishioner, she tries to reopen the lines of communication with the aid of their Pastor and broker a resolution.
Instead, her Pastor speaks in riddles, dark insinuations are made, and no one will answer her questions. People she thought she knew for years, suddenly didn’t seem to know her at all.
She needed her church family; her husband was battling cancer, and she was dealing with some unanswered symptoms of her own.
Fatigued, frustrated and desperate to prove her son’s innocence, she ultimately victimized both of them with her own pride until the Lord found an unmistakable way to signal her to open her eyes and run!
It Happened In A Lutheran Church is a compelling story filled with dark assumptions, unimaginable courage, and a mother's limitless love.
Hatred is all around us. It can be found anywhere at anytime, but the last place we expect to find hate rearing its ugly head is in a place of worship. We are taught that churches are places of refuge, where good people are always waiting to help those in need and forgiveness comes easy. However, one mother discovers the very people she trusted beyond measure are the ones whose betrayal hurts the deepest. As she seeks to unveil the truth she realizes she must, instead, fight to protect her son from vicious attacks brought on by the parishioners of the very church she cherished. Will the truth ever come to light? Can love and compassion lead to healing?
I found It Happened In A Lutheran Church to be heartfelt and moving. The cruelty the author and her son suffer at the hands of those who claim to be "good Christians" is unbearable. I also found the author's perseverance, when most would have given up, inspiring.
The book is well organized and easily conveys the deep emotions experienced during such a trying and difficult time.
I recommend picking up a copy. Available on Amazon.