Author: Ingrid Ricks
Publisher: Ricks Communication
Publication Date: October 24, 2012In Hippie Boy: A Girl's Story, she described her childhood with her exciting but sometimes irresponsible father and her strict religious mother. In A Book of Mormon (And Not So Mormon) Stories, she revealed more about her struggles with her very religious mother and stepfather. In both, she was a master of revealing her vulnerability honestly, allowing the reader to see both her struggles and her strength. But never has she exposed her vulnerability and strength more fully and explicitly than in her new book, Focus: A Memoir, in which she describes her struggles with a genetic disease that has left her legally blind. It's really not fair that someone so nice should be given SO many challenges!
But Ingrid Ricks is anything but self-pitying. Although she is honest about how desperate she felt in the early days of her diagnosis, she also allows herself to see the many blessings that she still does have. I don't mean that in a saccharine, simpering way, like she was lecturing the reader on the importance of daily affirmations to overcome life's challenges because everything is part of a greater plan and isn't life wonderful. I mean she got on a plane and went to Africa as part of a job writing about AIDS orphans in Swaziland and then she felt like maybe her eye problems weren't the worst thing that could happen to a person.