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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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Kovac's transparent honesty in sharing her self-doubt when faced with daily struggles that range from buttoning her pants to cradling her newborn baby in her limp arms to experiencing dreams that her "real" arms are fully functional firmly set the foundation for her lifelong transformative processing through of the stages of grief. It is by gaining understanding of God's perfect love for her that she discovers where her perfection truly lies; and where she finds grace.
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. Sarah and her family are following what the Lord has called them to do. Are you or am I? Is there something we are allowing to hold us back from doing what God has prepared for us to do?
I was raised with a sister who is mentally retarded, and I learned a lot from her as well as my parents. In fact, my other three siblings have too. I can't wait till we get to heaven and I get to hear her voice in a way I can't this side of heaven. Read, be encouraged and challenged. Grab your Bible, a notebook and be ready to learn from this special woman God has created!
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".
I received a complementary e-book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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.
I think it's amazing how Sarah doesn't dwell on her disability but dwells on God's grace to get her through challenges.
She's very inspirational and I highly recommend this book to read about her perspective.