Lina wants her life to count for God – 110%. She has a passion for teaching and counseling young women to set their course for God early and to make their decisions around marriage and family life accordingly.
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The author of this book is going by a pen name because her life is still in danger.
Lina is from the Middle East, from a Christian Orthodox family. She married a Muslim. They moved to the United States for a time but eventually settled in Canada.
In her autobiography, Lina talks about how her life of abuse and violence followed her to Canada. She talks about the Arab-Muslim mindset and how resistant it is to change. The religious and cultural traditions die hard, if at all. This includes a contempt for women and acceptance of physical assault against wives and children.
Lina and her children were victims of relentless verbal and emotional abuse as well as physical and sexual violence.
Lina also gives glimpses into the Arab-Muslim attitude towards the West, and their hypocrisy, especially when it comes to “family values” and sexual ethics. Despite an appearance of modesty and family values in Lina’s Arab-Muslim world, men and women too often look the other way when husbands assault their wives and children. The domestic “dance” involved in tolerating such behaviour, and looking the other way, suggests that this is a reality well beyond Lina’s own family; that her ex-husband’s family members were not unusual.
Lina is very transparent and sometimes graphic about the assaults she experienced. At one point, her husband intimidated her into getting an abortion. The scope and depth of his evil treatment of his wife knew few limits. Because of this, the book is hard to read in some places, but the gripping narrative also pulls you along from one chapter of her life to the next.
Despite the horrific torture and abuse Lina faced for so many years – even in “civilized” Canada – God was watching over her. Through a remarkable set of events, once Lina had gained the courage to seek help, God brought her to a wise and compassionate Christian in the form of a Children’s Aid Society worker. Through his professional expertise and his Christian witness, Lina found the help she needed, and also became a Christian convert. She has also seen all her children make professions of faith. Most of her children still live with her in Canada and they worship in an Evangelical church in their community.
Lina wants her life to count for God – 110%. She has a passion for teaching and counseling young women to set their course for God early and to make their decisions around marriage and family life accordingly. She is extremely concerned about young women who are willing to compromise on God’s truth and seek after non-Christian men. She has seen the devastating impact of such misguided decisions in her own life, and she wants to keep as many young women as possible from making the same mistakes that she made.