Lin offers an insight into how to cope when faith is shaken

Dr Lin Berwick MBE who has just published her latest book God's Rich Pattern

Dr Lin Berwick MBE who has just published her latest book God's Rich Pattern

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A WOMAN who has battled a lifetime of challenges, becoming blind and paraplegic after suffering from cerebal palsy at birth, has published her story about how her faith has been challenged.

Dr Lin Berwick,who became an MBE in 2003 and founded a holiday home in East Harling for people with disabilities, has written God’s Rich Pattern; Meditations for when our faith is shaken. It is published on February 15.

God's Rich Pattern written by Dr Lin Berwick MBE

God's Rich Pattern written by Dr Lin Berwick MBE

It is an honest, personal account of how she encountered the challenges of her disability from childhood to the present day with meditations at the end of each chapter on how to overcome dark moments in life.

Lin, who lives in Sudbury and whose Lin Berwick Trust is now working on opening its third holiday home, found her own strong faith tested when her husband Ralph died last year after battling Parkinsons.

She writes honestly about losing her connection to God, which had sustained her throughout her life.

She said: “I was very angry with God but I know he is big enough to take on anger. The book says it’s okay to be angry and God will accept our anger and love us through it.

“What was so hard for me was I thought I had unshakeable faith, which had sustained me through many things. I had got through those but when I had to stand and see my husband suffering, who had lost all personal dignity and was unable to speak or move, I struggled. I had 12 years of him being very ill at home. It got to the point when I couldn’t cope and had to put him into a care home. It was the most crucifying thing I’ve ever done. With my multiple disabilities, I couldn’t cope with it and I felt extremely disloyal.

“However, I do want the book to be a source of strength for people, ” added the 61 year old, who is a Methodist preacher and has worked as a journalist and a counsellor. The book will be available in most bookshops at £9.99.