‘Tell her she’s no longer my daughter!’
Amanda and her dad had never been close – but now he was forsaking her completely.
Separated from her mum at the age of six and forced to live with a harsh stepmother, Amanda learnt at a young age to rely on herself and depend on no one. Although living under the same roof, her father was distant and uninvolved – his was a house but not a home. Eventually, sent back to live with her mum on a tough council estate, she became increasingly estranged from her dad until finally, in her eighteenth year, he disowned her.
Driven by questions about the meaning and value of her life, and coming to terms with her brother’s schizophrenia, Amanda began asking searching questions about identity that led her on a life-changing journey. She could never have imagined how this would culminate in an unexpected and powerful encounter with God as Father – and dad – an encounter that would mark the beginning of a healing process and see her finding her true home.
Coming Home to Dad was short-listed in the final three titles for the Woman Alive magazine Readers’ Choice Award 2018.