Review: 'Falling Into Place': Hattie Kauffman's story of faith and hope

Posted May 6, 2014 by Mindy Peterman
"Falling Into Place" is a memoir about how finding faith in a higher power and oneself can bring out inner strength and peace. Hattie Kauffman’s trials become lessons of perseverance and hope for all of us.
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Hattie Kauffman’s career as a CBS newscaster spanned 22 years and brought her an abundance of success. She was the first native American to file a news report on broadcast television and she subsequently appeared on CBS This Morning, The Early Show, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric (and before that, with Dan Rather), 48 Hours, CBS Special Events, CBS Radio and more. But even with a startlingly rich career to her credit, Kauffman’s life had never been easy.
In her stunning memoir Falling Into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming, Kauffman takes us from her present day divorce back to her impoverished childhood. As one of seven children who were products of alcoholic and horrifically irresponsible parents, she somehow survived years of neglect. There were times when her parents were absent for weeks at a time and she and her brood were forced to fend for themselves. In their worst times, discovering an ancient box of oatmeal in a cabinet was a godsend. The children would live on this gruel for as long as it would last, after which they would have to come up with another plan. The eldest was only 12 years old at the time.
Hattie owes a great deal of her salvation to her Aunt Teddy, who at times nurtured her and gave her the faith in religion she carries with her to this day.
The memoir is a love song from Kauffman’s to her siblings, most of whom are still with us. Their success stories are almost as impressive as their sister’s; they have each come such a long way.
But in the end it is her faith Kauffman credits with lifting her from the mire of bitterness and fear her childhood and the dissolution of her marriage left her with. Falling Into Place is a beautifully written and, at times, heartbreaking homage to the importance of hope and inner strength.