Sound of My Song
The prose and poems in this book tell the story of young Susanne
Stephenson, growing up on the land in central Iowa, where early European
settlers brought their Christian faith along with their need for land, a
church, and a school. She marries her like-minded love, and after her
husband earns advanced degrees in an Iowa university, they move their
family to Virginia for her husband's work and for school for Susanne and
Susanne learns in the early years that she carries the defective gene for
depression, but with specialty doctors providing the proper medication,
she earns her degree, cares for her family, and teaches in the Virginia
schools. The passion for writing becomes a catharsis that she uses to
research the family's history.
Susanne openly talks to God throughout her life, believing that the Creator
walks with her through each of life's events. As she grieves through her
husband's early death and the tragedy of the death of her sister's child, it
becomes clear that depression is striking someone in each of the sibling's
family, tragically - one by one. The poems listed in the book, follow her
grief and gradual recovery - evident in the world of her words.
As a single person wanting to marry again, she meets people of different
cultures, religions, and values, but now, would God send this man to her
door? This could not be possible, and she faces a diffcult decision. After
changes from her earlier life, she is still talking to her God.