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In Capable Arms: Living a Life Embraced by Grace Hardcover – September 17, 2013

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About the Author

Sarah Kovac is a wife and mother whose story of thriving despite a disability has garnered national media attention and inspired thousands with a message of hope and love. She shares her personal journey of self-acceptance with audiences at churches and organizations across the country. Sarah lives with her husband and son in St. Joseph, Missouri.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142675695X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426756955
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Kovac was born with AMC, a rare congenital birth defect that left her with arms that she could barely use. Realizing her unique place in the world, Sarah began adapting, working to her strengths, and eventually learned to use her feet to do such activities as changing her son's diapers, making dinner, putting on makeup, and typing on the computer. Picked up by national news network CNN, Sarah's story went viral and she was suddenly presented with a platform from which to share her love for God.

Sarah believes everyone faces tremendous obstacles, and that her life with a disability often visibly mirrors the invisible struggles even people with perfectly functioning bodies must work through. While she recognizes her story as unique, she believes her experiences can encourage people of all abilities and experiences.

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"In Capable Arms" is THE MOST heartwarming book I have yet to read. It's a story about one's life with a disability that may be physical but does not prevent this amazing woman to learn and do things that are important to her. I had never heard of Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita. Sarah, thank you for opening your world to us. Thank you for showing us how special life is no matter what obstacles we face. Yes, each day is filled with obstacles. Each day is also filled with opportunities.

To read your story and hear how happy you are in how much you have achieved, warms my heart. I have always believed that we are all here for a purpose. It's what we do with what we have that makes the difference. It's showing each other and supporting each other because we love and believe in them.

Life is filled with capable arms of love and support. It's those arms that help us grow into who we are.

I HIGHLY recommend you picking up a copy of this book today. You will learn how to smile in a whole new way.

Remember: life is filled with moments. Take THIS moment to order yourself a copy of "In Capable Arms".
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My friend wrote this. I normally have a difficult time reading non-fiction, but her writing is pretty awesome. It was more than just reading a story about her life and struggle with a disability. Her honesty and insightfulness throughout her story are helping me to see a way to get through my own struggle with my own difficulties that I have let determine my success and happiness in life.

There were moments of tears and laughter as I remembered a few of my own experiences with Sarah in the two years we attended school together. Her words and life experience are impactful, and I highly recommend this book.
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Keep the tissues handy when reading Sarah's very heartfelt journey in this life this side of heaven. Is it depressing? By no means! Yet, when reading how Sarah felt about herself or how others treated her, it wasn't always with the kindest of words or actions. As you read each chapter, there are small grey boxes that have questions for readers to journal their thoughts, emotions or whatever.
Growing up different wasn't a smooth walk for this young woman, and sometimes she shares how she herself added to the learning curve of being different. I can imagine having people look at her and make snap judgments about her without her even opening her mouth. How cool it was to read how Sarah and her husband met, and he wasn't even focused on her disability!
Through various seasons of her life she has faced each day with honesty and dependency on the Lord. She says without fear that there were times she "didn't know" how to handle a certain situation. Yet, God provided her with what she needed, and He has stretched her faith in Him through what for many are simple everyday tasks we never give a thought to doing.
At the end of the book, there is an interview with her parents. Great idea! Frankly, I think many of us want to know how parents made it through the challenges of raising someone with a physical disability. Sarah could have lived on hiding if she chose to. To me, she is a courageous woman. She is married with children who keep her life busy, and she travels to share her story with audiences across the nation.
As I read this, I was reflecting on how blessed I am, even when there are days I don't necessarily feel so. I was reminded that no matter what, all of us have jobs to do, ones made especially for us by our Creator.
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I haven't quite finished IN CAPABLE ARMS, but what I have read is outstanding. I am definitely giving this book a five star review. IN CAPABLE ARMS is written from the heart with a deep-felt honesty that by-passes so many people. Sarah Kovac was dealt a harsh hand by being born with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC), a rare congengenital birth defect, but being the remarkable young woman she is, it is clear in her writing that she has discovered that God has a purpose in her life and her faith is inspiring. The author has wisdom and great maturity as you will see by the following quote:

"Today, many are concerned about political correctness. Nobody wants to use the wrong terminolgy and offend somebody. Are we disabled? Persons with disabilities? Differently abled? The term I grew up with was handicapped. Being labeled anything at all made me cringe. It was a long time before I was able to come to terms withe the fact that the world runs on labels and biases simply to keep things and people categorized, not usually out of cruelty."

This one paragraph opened my eyes. I personally never looked at the world this way, but as I read and then re-read this one paragraph, I was astounded at the truth. There are a great many eye-opening statements in IN CAPABLE ARMS that as a reader, you will want to re-read and then sit and ponder what you have just read.

The author writes poignantly about her perfectionism (which many of us suffer from) and her words left me stunned and re-thinking my own quest for perfectionism.

"Perfectionism is a pride thing. So not cute. The only way I've been able to find genuine growth in these areas has been to begin seeing that y character is simply the sum of my decisions.
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