Grace Rockwell grew up in West Michigan in a small, middle-class, farming community in the 1970s and 1980s. Since she was a young girl, she always wanted to write a book. As an adult she thought about sharing her life story of chronic pain, domestic abuse and mental illness. But she struggled to know exactly how to write it and when. But in the summer of 2018 that all became crystal clear to her. One day she sat down in her dining room, with her laptop, and started writing. She wrote and she wrote and she wrote. Eight weeks later she had a first draft – about 120 pages and 18 chapters.
After those eight weeks Grace was stricken with a debilitating depression. For month after month after month she was stuck and sat despondent in her recliner. Then in March 2020 she started feeling better. In June she decided that she needed to add “the rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey used to say. She finished her story and started looking for a publisher.
Today Grace lives with her husband in a small farming community, not far from where she grew up. She and her husband have four grown children and nine grandchildren.
This is what her book (Our Only Hope: Living a Life of Freedom) is all about: “For those trying to weather through the storms of life, Grace Rockwell offers encouragement by sharing her own experiences and what she has learned from them. Growing up with chronic pain and in a negative abusive environment, where she was often rejected and alone, Grace learned to put her trust in the Lord. No matter what storms she faced, or how much pain she endured, Grace always came back to the Lord for help.
Grace’s experiences will encourage you as you face your own storms in life. She reassures the reader that we can trust that God is always with us; He has a plan and a purpose for our lives. Our Only Hope will take you along Grace’s journey to find that the redemptive power of God is our only hope and it can become an anchor for our souls.
Grace’s passions include not only spreading the good news of Jesus Christ, but also advocating for those suffering from chronic pain, domestic abuse and/or mental illness.”