Recently, I was looking for a new book to read, out of my normal genre of contemporary romance and was looking online at the local library. I came across James Patterson's book, Woman of God and was interested as I read the Maximum Ride series back in middle school. I never read any of Patterson's more "adult" work, so decided to give this book a shot and boy, was I glad that I did.
Before I get into the review, I want to preface this by saying I am not an overly religious person. I believe there is some higher power and I've attended church on a few occasions. However, when I read the synopsis for this book, I really wanted to give it a chance. Religion plays a huge role in this book, but I found myself relating to the main character quite a bit throughout the story.
This book follows the main character, Brigid Fitzgerald, through a 20 year span from her time in Africa to when she really finds religion. Like I stated above, there were times that I really related to Brigid. At many points throughout the book, she questions her religion and relationship with God, questioning why things are happening. I often find myself doing just that; questioning God and why things are happening. Brigid eventually foun
d her answers through her communications with God. After a near-death, or actual death, experience, Brigid believed that it opened a door between her and God, giving her some guidance through life.
Brigid really was an inspiration to me. So much was thrown her way, from losing two husbands, one child and countless friends, yet she never let it get her down. She continued to grow as a person and perform extraordinary tasks. Through her strength, she was able to meet the Pope, an incredibly powerful person. She took lessons from him and everyone she met, becoming a better person through it all.
Overall, I gave this book 4/5 stars. I think it had a strong premise and really moved me. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read.