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Mar 2, 2015
Joey's StoryJoey's Story by Ruth Ann Stelfox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a tough book to read. It shows the dark side of our culture, the side most people don't want to think about and don't want to deal with. I don't recommend this for younger teens because, while not graphic, it is straight-forward about what this young girl was exposed to.

Joey calls herself a "welfare brat" after she hears that name from others. Born into a dysfunctional family, she learns all the wrong lessons from a shockingly early age. After their mother dies, Joey and her siblings are taken from her father and pushed into the foster care system. Joey is shuffled around between some good - and some not so good - homes. Finally the four children are selected to be adopted all together into a family. However, tragedy doesn't stop there.

But God. Joey's story is ultimately a testimony to the grace and power of Jesus Christ.

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