Against All Odds by Christian author Sheila Hodges ~ 9.8 out of 10.0 stars
In Against All Odds, Sheila Hodges inspires others to overcome through an encouraging story of Wanda, a young girl brought up in poverty and abuse. Wanda, being born in a single parent home in 1951, Wanda was raised by her single mother, which meant many things. First, Wanda was home alone a lot; her family also endured much poverty and moved many times. Wanda has three older brothers in the book that weren’t very nice to her and eventually multi-faceted forms of abuse arise from the boys, stemming from the parents, trickling down to the children. Wanda, having no real sense of family, ended up pregnant as a teenager and also married an abusive spouse, therefore repeating the cycle. Learning to overcome the many pitfalls of poverty through education, Wanda perseveres and relies on her faith in God from a young age to see her through the storms of her life.
This story depicts the often plight of children (especially young girls) raised in poor environments with a lack of family structure. Endearing, this novel displays how God can help turn one life’s around, and points others in the direction of seeking God’s Kingdom first in their lives. The book begins with a poignant scripture, Matthew 25:31-40 where Jesus separates the sheeps from the goats at the end of the age, speaking of those that fed the hungry, clothed the naked and visited those who were sick and in prison.