Charlane Blomberg grew up surrounded by poverty and neglect in Red Oak, Iowa. At the age of four, she suffered sexual abuse from an unknown assailant, and thoughts of it would come to enslave her for years to come. Yet because of God's power and presence into her life, she was able to break free from sin's bondage.
Inspiring and brutally honest, Desperate Hope chronicles Charlane's journey from childhood through adulthood. She shares how, after her parents' divorce, her dysfunctional family life left her feeling ignored and abandoned. Along with her mother, two brothers, and sister, Charlane moved often and endured more sexual abuse, sometimes from her mother's various boyfriends.
In the ensuing years, Charlane continued to grapple with feelings of guilt, shame, and anger. But the individual people who came into her life--the Rev. and Mrs. Gilger; Charlane's grandparents; and Ard, her husband-to-be--showed her how wonderful life could be. At eighteen, she married Ard, and she soon became a pastor's wife. But even though Charlane had invited God into her life, she needed to let go of her past before she could find peace and freedom in His arms.
Desperate Hope is a remarkable story about the power of God's grace in transforming one woman's life.