Desert of Solitude: Refreshed by Grace by LaShawnda Jones


The centered, self assured look of the woman spreading her arms in what I perceived to be joy – caught my eye and enticed me to read the back cover of this book. The summary says this book is an exploration and that is true on many levels. The author shares memories, events and thoughts of her life but she also enriches the reader’s experience with playlists, sermons and bible verses.

There were times in this book when I could not relate to what the author was writing about, and there were times that I did not agree with her. However, her articulate explanations and deep thinking helped me to see her viewpoint, even when I disagreed.

While reading this book, I would highly suggest keeping the following page open on your computer. It supplements the reading in a very positive way.

This is a book for contemplation.


We all want what we want when we want it. What happens when we don’t get what we’ve been hoping and praying for by a certain age in life?

Desert of Solitude: Refreshed by Grace is for those of us who have achieved nothing, something or a great deal but are no closer to that “one thing” we most desire. What do you think you’re missing? What do you believe will complete your existence? Whatever “it” is doesn’t matter. You are enough for your life.

Desert of Solitude follows the journey of a forty-something year old woman as she shakes herself loose of youthful ideals, and releases herself from expectations formed by family, culture and society. It’s an exploration of her determination to view her life from a position of abundant grace rather than disappointed hopes as she rediscovers satisfaction in God’s grace and His provision in the valleys of life.

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