Connie Snodgrass shares a review of Falling Into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming, a United Methodist Women Reading List book in the category of “Leadership Development.” You can find it in our church library in the Reading List section of books or on Amazon.
You have probably watched countless network television reports from all around the world, viewed many documentaries, and read articles by various reporters without once thinking about the personal lives of the newspeople delivering that information. Those whose job it is to tell the stories and bring us that information are sometimes as familiar as friends and neighbors. However, if you’re like me, you don’t often stop to “get to know” them aside from their place of prominence in the media. Hattie Kauffman, the author of Falling in Place, has written a memoir that lets us “see” into her life story.
In her career as a television reporter, she had covered stories of all kinds and interviewed many very notable people. She is a member of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho and made history as the first Native American journalist to ever file a network evening news report. Her personal life seemed incidental to her work in this field.
Her memoir, however, uncovers an extremely painful childhood, shocking in its ugliness in many aspects. Overcoming all that, she rose to the top of her field by hard work and talent. A personal crisis forced her to relive some of that trauma and find a new place in the world. Her memoir is the story of her Christian conversion and her deliverance from her troubled past. It is a compelling story, moving back and forth in time to give broad picture of her life. She is a gifted storyteller, whether it’s preparing a news presentation or guiding us through her journey.