Rachel Jeanette Hall Stolle was born and raised in a little town called Jefferson, in North East Texas. As soon as she was born, God never left her side. He guided her through economic hardships, sexual abuse by a distant relative, an attempted kidnapping turned carjacking, and years of spiritual warfare.
Today Rachel is a 29 year old Baylor University graduate, preschool teacher and stay-at-home mom. As she looks back at her childhood with great appreciation and respect for the unending love of her Heavenly Father, her relationship with God grows even stronger.
Rachel credits her earliest foundations in Christianity to a wonderful woman named Louise Ritchie. Aunt Lou, as everyone knew her, was a caring, Godly woman who devoted her life to service and the Lord. Louise passed away in 2009, she suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.
As a survivor of 11 years of sexual abuse by a distant relative, and an attempted kidnapping turned carjacking, God created in Rachel the desire to draw on her life experiences and write a series of children’s books honoring the spirit of this amazing woman.
Why Did This Happen to Me, Aunt Lou is a valuable book. Not only is it charmingly illustrated, but it also gently and clearly helps children confront the incredibly difficult issues of free will and theodicy (why bad things can happen to innocent people) and where God might be in the suffering. These are tough topics even for adults to handle in healthy ways, but in this rare book, the author Rachel Hall Stolle writes with compassion and empathy, leading children to understand that most crucial of points, that when bad things happen in their world, God is with them in their pain.
Dr. Joy Jordan-Lake is a professor and the author of five books, the latest of which is a novel, Blue Hole Back Home.