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Century Marks

Jesus saved: After her mother died when she was six, Rachel was raised by her psychotic, suicidal father. She suffered from anorexia, which nearly killed her. For her own sanity she separated herself from her father, who became a recluse. Later in life she wondered whether she should reconnect with her father. A friend, writer Paula Huston, asked Rachel if she was strong enough to enter her father’s world again. Rachel reminded Paula that when she was at her lowest point in life, she went to church and discovered a Jesus who loved her so much he died for her, “which meant I didn’t have to kill myself after all.” That was what saved her, she said, not her doctors. So what else could she do but try to reconnect with her father in hopes of rescuing him? (Image, winter).


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