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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Gauchos, God, and Great Expectations by Alexys V Wolf is an inspiring and impactful autobiography about going from broken to wholeness by means of faith. This is the story of one Christian woman's life experiences that may mirror your own. Most of us have experienced the ups and downs of life, but not everyone can distill them into a powerful and meaningful account such as this one. The author writes to show others that no matter what you go through or what you've done, God can pick you up and use you in ways you never expected. She glorifies Christ in a way that will help show that healing is possible in a personal way, not just in theory. This book is for the one who has failed, messed up, and thinks they don't have anything to offer anymore.
Wolf uses her own life to show that God is for everyone, not just a religious idea. She goes into the supernatural and asks readers to open their minds, hearts, and spirits to possibility. This is also for Christians who have slipped, are hurting, and think God may be angry with them. It will help readers think in new ways about their situations and overcome what appear to be disasters and shortcomings. I like Wolf's discussions of her experiences with self-pity and how she had an ah-ha moment concerning her relationship with God. But this isn't a book of theories or positive thinking. The author talks about real-world issues that affect readers every day: Family strife, abuse, mistakes, forgiveness, pain, challenges, how to help others, and much more. The account of her mother's abuse and suffering is especially moving. You will feel as if you're on the rollercoaster of life with Wolf and may recognize yourself in some of the situations. One intriguing part is where she is told she had been led by her emotions rather than the Holy Spirit. For an intense but rewarding read, be sure to put Gauchos, God, and Great Expectations by Alexys V Wolf on your reading list.