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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: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was a truly inspirational novel. The best parts for me were where she wrote from the point of views of other people. Having a special needs son I often wonder about some of the same issues she talked about in her book. It gave invaluable insight into a life many aren't blessed to see.
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One day, Sarah Kovac posted a video on CNN showing the ways she has adapted to living with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, a congenital defect that left her shoulders, arms and fingers shortened, weak and unable to bend. She was amazed at the response. In her book In Capable Arms: Living a Life Embraced by Grace, she wrote "What I shared that day was struggle. My struggle may look different than yours, but struggle is universal. It's something we all have in common. Sharing a struggle has the power to unify, to strengthen relationships that would otherwise be hollow."

And I think that's what touched me so much about Sarah's book. I haven't faced the same challenges she has, but I've faced challenges. I haven't struggled with the same self-confidence, self-worth issues she has, but I have certainly struggled with those issues. What Sarah shows, as she reveals her heart in this book, is how she has seen God in all of it. How He's taught her, led her, held her. And although it's her story, it resonates in me because it's also my story. And yours. Because of relationship, because of the power that happens when one person shares something and we adopt, adding it to the fabric of our own story.

Sarah wrote, "When I was a little girl, I remember overhearing my parents and some of their friends having a conversation about grace. They were joking that you never want to pray for God to make you a gracious person because he might just do what's necessary to make that happen. I thought and thought about what they were saying. I understood that God had to let you go through some difficult things, painful things, if you were going to learn grace, but I wanted it.
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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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"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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What impressed me most about "In Capable Arms" was the author's openness and honesty with her struggles, particularly those with her character. In doing so, the author constantly challenged the reader to evaluate his/her own battle with insecurities and his/her relationship with God in light of those insecurities. Not only is it an inspiring story of God's ability to be our strength in weakness, but also serves as a journaling guide for self-evaluation or group discussion, particularly with teenage girls.
I received a complementary e-book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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