Friday, March 2, 2012

Miracle for Jen with Giveaway

On the night of November 5, 2006, the Barrick family was driving home from church when their van was struck by a drunk driver. Fifteen-year-old Jen suffered multiple skull fractures and severe brain trauma and was not expected to survive the night. But against all odds, she did. As she lingered in a coma, doctors warned that if Jen ever woke up, she would be cursing and screaming in confusion due to her brain injuries. Instead, after five weeks she opened her eyes and began praying and praising God. Jen didn't remember her middle name, recognize her parents, or recall that she had a little brother—but she remembered Jesus and every word to every praise song and scripture she had hidden in her heart before the accident. As any loving mother would, Jen's mother Linda wanted God to heal Jen—make her like she was before. Normal. But a loving God had something else in mind—instead of making her normal, God is making Jennifer—and the whole Barrick family—extraordinary, miraculous. Miracle for Jen is the remarkable true story of a family who overcame tragedy and learned to trust God's plan for their lives in a whole new way.

My Thoughts: Barrick doesn't mess around with a sweet intro but rather jumps right into the horrific awareness of knowing she'd been in an accident, was injured, trapped and was unable to assist her husband or children.  The story of her recovery along with that of the rest of her family especially of Jen is heart wrenching. There were times I couldn't keep reading through the tears in my eyes.
Barrick focuses on her daughter Jen, most seriously injured and not expected to survive. She tells of miracle after miracle that occurs in her life. Miracle for Jen is a story of trust in God, faith, choosing joy even in the worst of times. It's a story for anyone that has faced any hardship in life to see how God is really and truly there even in the worst of times.

You can read chapter 1 here.

a Rafflecopter giveaway A thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of Miracle for Jen for my reading and review.


Tea said...

I would like to read this book because it's a story about a miracle. How amazing that she woke up not cursing but praising God.


Carl said...

I am struck by the inspirational nature of this story. How a family with faith can withstand such a trial.