Black & White
5.5 x 8.5 inches
ORPHANAGE, ORPHAN(S), GERMANY, MOTHERLESS, PARENTLESS, MENTOR, SOCIAL WORK, CHILDREN, GOD, FAITH
My Search for Meaning
A True Story of An Orphan’s Journey
My Search for Meaning is an intimate collection of memories of a child growing up first in an orphanage in Germany, then in Middle America. Abandoned by her mother – who escaped East Germany just as the Berlin Wall was being erected – the child finds herself alone in a hard-to-understand world that is itself undergoing great change. Against a pervasive backdrop of loneliness, institutional life and brutal betrayals, there is still the innocence and wonder of childhood and sudden, inexplicable joys.
A sensitive child in life without a protector learns to go on instinct. What informs instinct in this memoir is a seedling faith in the overall goodness of life, a belief that things will, with time and effort, work together for good. What begins as a search for answers becomes a journey of understanding. As the mystery unfolds a young woman emerges, forged from all she has endured but also from mercy and compassion and a deeply held conviction that each of us, at any moment, can transform our lives.
Viola M. Jaynes
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