While writing Maxine’s true-to-life story My Home Sweet Home: Surviving an Abusive Relationship, her heart was cleansed from deep hurt and hatred that nearly possessed her life. God’s grace (unmerited favor) freed Maxine from sin and guilt. Believing Jesus Christ died on the cross, in her place, gave her a new life with Him. The years following have been filled with forgiveness and understanding in her family, a life committed to God with contentment to her church and family. Forgiveness rolls in like a tide, sweeping away all that would hinder us from knowing God.
Maxine lived the life of Joy in this sequel of the first book, My Home Sweet Home: Surviving an Abusive Relationship, and continues her story through her middle eighties. Her experiences may be similar to many others coping with being a widow and a single mother who has carried on through the years, working to improve her life, making good choices, and enjoying the results. Alaska has been her home for thirty years, busy with church activities, meeting new friends, traveling, working, and now retired. She writes her memoirs, sharing with others, “Never give up no matter what the circumstances are.”