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Choose Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts Hardcover – January 5, 2016
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―Ann Voskamp, author of New York Times bestseller One Thousand Gifts
Sara was one of the kindest, most generous souls I've ever known...This book [is] chock-full of her spunk, zest, and grace-filled wisdom.―Lysa TerKeurst, author of New York Times best seller, Made to Crave
[Sara's] story only grew louder, bolder, braver with her death. It's a story that we all need to keep hearing.―Lisa-Jo Baker, bestselling author of Surprised by Motherhood
[Sara's] words, faith, and joy still echo in my heart...All of us need Sara's message of resilience and hope in a hard world.―Holley Gerth, bestselling author of You're Going to Be Okay
This isn't a story about dying. It's a story about living.―Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times bestselling author
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Sara suffered from a painful, terminal disease resulting from a car accident that daily robbed her of what we all take for granted as our right to enjoy. With each last time experience of some small piece of life Sara never said I want to give up, instead she wanted to share and remind She was loved by all and the words she decided to share on her blog are brought to life in a moving book by Mary Carver who knew Sara and made an effort to tell the world about how much more there is to your existence than looking for more than the gifts you have been given. Take the talent you have been blessed with and blossom where you bloom while you enjoy the love and life you have been given.
Even as I write this review I am reminded of passages in the book that she wrote and it brings tears to my eyes as Sara reminded me of how important faith, family, and life is every day and how it should never be taken for granted and thanking God is always a good place to start.
Over the following couple of years, I was diagnosed and both of us experienced worsening pain and quality of life. There were many nights of severe pain, when I would lie awake in bed and re-read her blog posts. Sara was one of two bloggers living with severe health problems and pain that inspired me to adopt an attitude of joy, gratitude and positivity. I credit Sara with showing me how to live life with a debilitating, painful health condition with no cure. Joy has been as much a part of my toolkit as any treatment program. I firmly believe that without knowing Sara and reading her blog, my life with AS wouldn’t have been as manageable as it has been.
Sara passed away from complications in 2011 and I grieved along with so many others who knew her. A light went out when she died, but her candle of joy had lit so many others’ that her legacy has created a glow that burns brightly still.
That’s why I was so thrilled when I heard that Mary Carver, another of Sara’s blogging friends, was working with Sara’s family to put together a book of Sara’s writings. It was titled in tribute to Sara’s motto: Choose Joy! I know this book will help continue to spread Sara’s remarkable legacy of choosing joy.
I have no words to express how thankful I am to Mary for putting this book together.Read more ›
I love how she believed and lived out that God's grace is made perfect in our weakness. She saw the blessings in everything, that others might miss. What a testament to His grace! I found myself wanting to be more like her, wishing I had her attitude, but as she said, "it's not about me." I love counter-intuitive, paradoxical stories, where there are blessings and strength in weakness, where God does the complete opposite of what you would expect or shows that His ways are not our ways or the world's ways. We serve a beautiful God and should all choose to be a part of His work like Sara did.
I was all set to pick my "one word" to focus on for the year to be "obedience" or even "unplug" (sometimes I spend too much time on Facebook), but after reading this book I'm thinking I might choose "love." Sara demonstrated that she understood that love is the most important thing. And I think Mary showed the kind of selfless love she talked of Sara showing, in that she humbly focused on Sara and the message she would want to share. But she still kept it light with some humor, which it sounds like her friend Sara would have appreciated.Read more ›
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I loved this book but I have a problem with the description of Sara's disease on the inside flap of the book cover. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anne
Sara found thru her pain and suffering the thing we are all looking for. Faith Peace. Joy. Contentment. This can only happen thru Jesus. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book a few months ago, and I still think of Sara's story often.
In my daily experience, I've found it so easy to be dissatisfied with what I have and be... Read more
Finished the book this morning. I am a faith-blogger yet I came into the blogging world post-Sara. Her story is one of great faith, hope and joy even in the midst of a cruel and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by HOPE50
This beautiful collection of Sara Frankl's blog posts and the insightful addition of Mary's thoughts make this a book that changes lives! GratefulPublished 2 months ago by Gwoolam
Very moving book. Sara is a person who did not let her medical condition get the best of her. She is such an inspiration!Published 2 months ago by James L Zacharias