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Growing In Grace

Learning the fallibility of the faithful

This excerpt from Kari Paulsen’s remarkable spiritual memoir, Against All Odds (Pacific Press, 2015), captures the candor and warmth of a book we heartily recommend to all Adventist Review readers. —Editors.

As I look back, I see clearly that the upheavals of my childhood and teenage years had instilled in me a sense of independence and a habit of facing problems head-on. For me, these were lessons born of necessity. My emotional, spiritual, and perhaps even physical, survival had so often depended on my willingness to take responsibility for myself and to embark on a course of action without the support or …

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