From Publishers Weekly
The story begins in 2003 when West's 35-year-old son, Jeremy, crashes his car and is rushed to the E.R. A day later, his twin brother, Jon, is hospitalized with a potentially fatal case of flesh-eating bacteria. Jeremy, it turns out, is bipolar and often refuses to take his meds; this is his fourth accident in just a few weeks. Jon is addicted to drugs and has been kicked out of rehab. As she sits by her sons' hospital beds, West flashes back to their hyperactive childhood, their father's death at 47 of a malignant brain tumor, their grandfather's breakdown and her regrets over how she handled her sons' turbulent adolescence. It sounds like material for a country-western song, but West, a long-time contributing editor to Guideposts
magazine, turns family crises into a heartwarming and even (sometimes) funny collection of stories about trusting God no matter what happens. For her, God is a personal friend who speaks up whenever she needs encouragement: "I am going to use all of this. Nothing will be wasted." Lightening the mood with folksy tales about her late mother, eccentric neighbors and middle-aged romance, West dishes up inspiration with a warmhearted honesty that will appeal to a wide range of Christian women. (Oct.)
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From the Inside Flap
When life experiences became overwhelming and her own faith was tested, Marion Bond West found herself praying for her life--praying a desperate prayer for confidence in God's power.
Join Marion at the bedsides of her troubled thiry-something twin sons. After a punishing auto accident, can Jeremy cope with his recently diagnosed bipolar disorder? And, struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, will Jon survive a deadly infection? Looking to find hope when things seem bleakest, Marion prays the prayer of Habakkik and claims God's promises of victory for herself and for those she loves.
Journey with Marion as she recalls the moments in her life when her faith was the most sorely tested--and when God was most powerfully present. Written with honesty, uncompromising faith and wry wisdom, this book will help readers discover a faith that can face--and triumph over--difficulties, both large and small.
Come to know that the power of God can bring light into the darkest places and victory out of seemig defeat!