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Valleys are considered in life, especially in the Christian faith, to be circumstances where faith is tested through challenges in one's path or unexpected life changes that warrant a reliance on God's loving protection.Author Dr. Carol A. Kotlowski can relate to this truth in many ways: starting with her abusive childhood to a tumultuous marriage to single parenting to facing gender discrimination in the armed forces. These events were only enhanced by constant ridicule she received for being an African-American that seemed, to other African-Americans, more Caucasian than her true race. However, despite the turmoil she has endured throughout her life, Dr. Kotlowski sees that God has had His guiding hands leading her through each challenge and teaching her about His glory with each situation. Her new autobiography, Shelter Through the Valley: A Life in God's Hands, presents to readers Dr. Kotlowski's story in chronological order, revealing the obstacles she had to overcome from loved ones and co-workers that defined who she became. My life has been dominated by four major themes: childhood abuse, single motherhood, womanhood and race. It is these themes that I've tried to explore in the pages of this book by looking at my journey from a poor neighborhood in Austin, Texas, to the Korean peninsula during my time as an officer in the army. That journey taught me to live as a proud black woman and single mother.Shelter Through the Valley epitomizes the persistent plight of a woman determined to not be intimidated by others, especially those she loved, while setting an example that her daughter will be able to follow. The sharing of her life story presents Dr. Kotlowski as a woman who knew God had more planned for her life, going on to achieve great dreams in academics, leadership achievements and parenting.
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