by Gertrude Hoeksema
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"No one seemed to know how to give her lessons in Bible history, nor to
teach spiritual realities to a girl who seemed quite retarded and who was
both deaf and mute" (p. 19). Such is the dilemma which Gertrude Hoeksema faced
when she was asked to teach Lori Holstege, a twenty year old, deaf-mute,
mentally retarded diabetic. How much could such a girl understand;
would she be able to grasp concepts such as sin, grace and salvation?
Yet, God is sovereign in His grace and He can make a girl, who cannot hear
the earthly sounds around her, hear the heavenly voice of Jesus Christ,
the Good Shepherd.
touching tale of how Mrs. Hoeksema (wife of Prof. Homer Hoeksema) meets
Lori, how Lori learns New Testament history, Old Testament history and the
Heidelberg Catechism until she makes public confession of faith
before Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church on her twenty second
birthday. Learn how Lori and Mrs. Hoeksema overcome the obstacles to
her participating in public worship. Observe how she reacts with a
mixture of astonishment, joy and simple childlike faith at each new
discovery from God's Word. Be moved at the hardships she faces
during her short life. Rejoice with her and her church as she
confesses her faith before the elders and the congregation and partakes of
the Lord's Supper.
"Who then can
be saved? ... With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God
all things are possible" (Mark 10:26-27).
This book was reviewed in the Standard Bearer. Click here to
read this review.