At seventeen, Jennie Goutet has a dream that she will one day marry a French man and sets off to Avignon in search of him. Though her dream eludes her, she lives boldly—teaching in Asia, studying in Paris, working and traveling for an advertising firm in New York.
When God calls her, she answers reluctantly, and must first come to grips with crippling loss, depression, and addiction before being restored. Providence takes her by the hand and she marries her French husband, works with him in a humanitarian effort in East Africa, before settling down in France and building a family.
Told with honesty and strength, Stars Upside Down is a brave heart-stopping story of love, grief, faith, depression, sunshine piercing the gray clouds—and hope that stays in your heart long after it’s finished.
“Goutet’s lovely and vulnerable self-reflection invites us to join her journey to the heights and depths of a life of faith. Time and again, she illustrates the tender care of a God who pursues us across any land and landscape, even long before we know His voice.” Anna Whiston Donaldson, author of NYT Bestseller, Rare Bird
“In this beautiful memoir, Jennie Goutet details the evolution of one woman’s faith and love in a singular story that is—at once—both intensely personal and universal in its themes. I soared and plunged along with her from beginning to end.” Julie C. Gardner, author of Letters for Scarlet
“God listens. Jennie Goutet entwines her extraordinary real-life experiences through foreign countries with the continual prayer, ‘God do you hear me?’ And the answer she receives again and again is, ‘Yes.’ Loved it.” – CeeCee James, author of Ghost No More
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