Born to unmarried teenagers in what was then communist Yugoslavia, Radica Quackenbos was unwanted and unloved from the start. As an infant, she was left in the care of her alcoholic father. In the years that followed, Radica was sent to live on her mother's farm, where she was forced to forage for herself and sleep with the animals in the barn. Dirty and ragged, she began stealing food and clothing, all the while wishing only to be loved.
As a teenager, Radica was raped, lived with a man whose alcoholism and neglect echoed her father's. She had a baby girl and moved to Florida for an arranged marriage. Badly abused, she had had four more children by the time her husband left her for another woman. With five dollars in her pocket and limited English skills, she had nowhere to live and no way to support herself and her children. Where does a woman in those circumstances find God, and why should she believe in his grace? Yet God did reveal himself to Radica and assured her he had been with her every step of the way, even before she believed in him. She learned that God wanted her to forgive everyone who had ever hurt her, even her parents. Could she do it?
In this powerful story, Radica traces her journey through heartbreaking deprivation and abuse and shows us how God can use even the most miserable conditions to create a vital ministry of hope and assurance.