Through the traumatic years of Finland's emergence as an independent nation, Tyra struggled with her understanding of God. Friends and family died through frightening natural disaster, the horrors of repeated wars, and a devastating murder in the family. Just when she thought her life was beginning to make sense, and Finland was no longer at war, her husband was evicted from the land he was farming, and to cope financially they were forced to migrate first to Arctic Sweden, and then to subtropical Australia. But finally, as she looked back over her life, she could see that the senseless made sense, and through everything God had a purpose.
Elizabeth Ellen Ostring, married to Roland, whose mother is the subject of this book, with adult twins, is a retired physician who has worked in Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. She is the author of a variety of academic papers, the memoir Just 30 Minutes (2013), the theology of work Be a Blessing (2016), and the biography Crafting a Symphony in Wood (2016).