I rarely write book reviews. The reason? I don’t think I’m very good at it.
I received an email in January from the publisher asking if I’d like a copy of this book – there was no mention of a book launch or any type of commitment so I said sure. I’m the librarian at our church and knew this would be a great addition on the shelf. I began reading it and was swept into the story of Sara Frankl, beautifully co-written by Mary Carver.
Sara was a regular young woman, living in Iowa, enjoying life when she received a horrid diagnosis, one that would become a death sentence.
As the disease progressed, Sara was forced to live an isolated life, confined by the walls of her condo – yet this didn’t stop her from doing what she did best. Love people. She entered the world of blogging and there a whole new sphere of living, loving, sharing, and caring was opened up for her. The world-wide web became a lifeboat.
Personally, I loved the book because I love reading real stories about real people. Sara was real. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
Theirs may be the hope of building bigger, stronger, better. Mine may be the hope of building a resiliency for the pain that lies ahead. But both are hope nonetheless. (After tornadoes ripped through nearby towns.)
More than anything, I’m in the habit of believing if I just continue to step out in faith, that God will put what I need in front of me. That He’ll line my path with the abilities and confidence that I’m lacking.
The ugly truth is that I had to let go of my dream of writing to make a living, but once I started blogging I realized I was writing to make a life.
…there comes a time when we need to make sure we aren’t longing instead of living.
All I have to do is remember that this life isn’t about me. It’s about His intentions for me. If I trust Him with all of it – past, present, future – then He will make sure I am in the right position to fulfill all He intended.
I want to be a living prayer.
Sara, you were.