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Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God Kindle Edition
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Initially, as you start reading, it got a little overwhelming for me to just keep experiencing only the negative side of life. Being brought up in a non
emotional, routine oriented manner she lacked a loving father(who was almost absent) and was confused if her mother's love was really all that it was.
The chapters alternate with her teenaged airplane tragedy and her different phases for life from childhood till then. She takes the reader from her
childhood apprehensions of understanding what family meant to her to her teenaged issues that had blown up. Father's arrest, he coming back and rejoining with the family, mother's lifeless upbringing and culture that rubbed partially on their childhood, aunt's cancer demise, college and letting loose with drinking and inappropriate bumps due to immaturity/wrong decisions and the final crash that sucked up her family totally.
I was amazed to see a reference of "ICU psychosis" something that resonated with an experience of my own. It was empathizing to read and understand the experience of her mother's long hospital stay and overcoming that 'ambiguous loss'. This one is close to me as life hit me hard when I went that route too.
To say the least, if you are looking for inspiration, wanting to make a change in your life, just intrigued and feel that you are alone in this state of despair;
this book is for you. She has done a good job putting it together and I was amazed that she could come this far despite all the hardships life had to offer.
I am obliged that they sent me a copy of the book in exchange of a honest review.
An inspirational story to say the least. Sarah shares how her family lives through the effect of her father’s drug use and all the while, Sarah is dealing with depression and turns to alcohol. In college, Sarah is looking for that one thing her life is missing and sinks deeper into alcohol. Sarah chose faith to help get her through life. Although, she did not have much help in cultivating her faith, she continued to look for God.
On a trip to Guatemala with her family, a tragic plane crash takes the life of Sarah’s father and brother. Her mother is critically burned and soon begins to blame Sarah. It is not until Sarah starts talking with a counselor when she begins to discover herself. She begins to see the need to live life with purpose.
As a Christian reader, I would love to have read more of Sarah’s story how she became a Christian. I know this is technically a memoir, but including the plan of salvation for those who read the book who are not believers would have been a wonderful opportunity to share the Gospel. There were a few gaps in her writing that left me wondering about her father and brother’s spiritual state, something I would love to have read. While I know it’s popular nowadays to refer to God as a “higher power”, I just didn’t feel that God was being given the honor.
Life is Beautiful is a book of hope for those seeking encouragement. Other than the above paragraph, if you are looking for a book of hope for yourself or someone you know, Life is Beautiful would make a good book to read.
I was given this book by the publisher in return for my honest review.
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