Author Heidi Tucker has just published a new book, Servie's Song. Servie’s Song is the true story of one mother living in Zimbabwe, Africa who encounters a devastating loss leaving her unable to care for six children. In a heart-wrenching sacrifice, she surrenders to a desperate plan to leave her children and find work in the United States to support them. It is a door which feels impossible to walk through. But perhaps, the only door which holds any promise. This book takes you on an emotional journey of tragedy and heartbreak to an inspiring path of hope.
Many thanks to Heidi Tucker for telling us more about her latest book:
What was your inspiration for Servie's Song?
The most common question asked of me is “how did you find this story?” The short answer is – it found me. I felt a strong impression to write Servie’s story after our first meeting when she asked me to help her tell the story. As the details emerged after weeks of interviews, I recognized it as both tragic and triumphant. It is a story of hope. I was inspired to see this book through to its publication because I wanted her family and friends to celebrate and honor this great’s woman’s sacrifice, and I also felt the world could learn so many lessons from her life. It motivated me to not just tell it, but to do my very best in helping the reader feel this story.
What are some of the important themes you explored in this book?
Our life is not a beautiful fairy tale. There are struggles and real trials that happen to all of us. We learn from Servie’s example to not only endure those hardships, but to endure them well. It’s about clinging to your faith and everything you believe, and trusting that you are not forgotten. It is a testament to a woman who endures incredible sacrifice for her children and moves forward in life despite tragedy. Her heart remains soft and she shows us that hope is real.
I spent weeks interviewing Servie to peel back layers of her life. Many memories were so painful it was difficult for both of us, but I knew that I needed to feel this story to write from my heart. After typing up every transcript, I saw a pattern and knew that I not only wanted to tell her story, but to teach important principles that were defined by the way she lives. It’s a story about never giving up or letting go of our faith.
Is there anything else you'd like to tell BookPound readers?
Servie’s Song is the true story of one mother living in Zimbabwe, Africa who encounters a devastating loss leaving her unable to care for six children. In a heart-wrenching sacrifice she surrenders to a desperate plan to leave her children and find work in the United States. It is a door which feels impossible to walk through, But perhaps, the only door which holds any promise.
Servie often refers to “the voice within my heart.” She has a tender, open heart and has always trusted it despite outside circumstances. She recognizes this voice as truth, and acted on it when she left her country and many other times. It is amazing to witness this experience time and time again in her story, and it inspires us to consider how we might better tune ourselves to recognize our own “voice within my heart.”