Saturday, July 30, 2011

My Life and Lesser Catastrophes: A Book Review

About The Book:

Fresh, Surprising Memoir of God's Goodness in the Midst of Disaster

Just after her thirteenth wedding anniversary, Christina Schofield woke up groggy and disoriented, surrounded by nurses in a hospital. She and her husband had hit a gravel patch while on their motorcycle and crashed into a ditch. With the exception of a concussion, she was fine. But Allen had broken his neck. He was now a quadriplegic.

With her entire life flipped upside down, she began an astonishing journey of tenacious faith amid increasing doubt. Full of dark, silent hours and a woman's honest questioning of the God she thought she knew, this is also a story full of miraculous answers to prayer and head-scratching, awe-inspiring encounters with her loving Lord.

With candid warmth and transparency, Christina shows readers that even in their darkest hours, God's goodness shines through.

About The Author:

Christina Schofield has been a children's illustrator and writer for the last ten years, working with Zonderkidz, Group Publishing, Standard Publishing, and Cook Communications. She and her husband, Allen, a campus pastor, have one daughter, Lily, and live in Rolla, Missouri.

My Review:

In the last six years I have plenty of opportunity to question God about the life experiences I have had to face. Cancer, infertility, a siblings death, marriage trials, financial strains, a diagnosis of diabetes, the premature birth of my oldest child, my parent's marriage breakdown, and seeing many family and friends dealing with similar circumstances

As a Christian, I know that I am going to experience trials and tribulations, but I also know that God will carry me through and His hand has guided my family and I through each of the mentioned experiences. I have experienced every emotion known to mankind through the last six years, but honestly, I can say, I have never once asked, "why?" Have I wanted to? Absolutely, but through wise friends and family, and keeping my eye on my Bible, I realized that asking why was not the right question, it was "why not?" and "what does God want me to learn through this experience?"

When the opportunity to review My Life and Lesser Catastrophes by Christina Schofield arose, I jumped at the change. Christina and her husband have had to deal with the life-altering effects of a tragic accident and their journey is seen in this book. You will both laugh and cry as you read through this authentic read. The author asks the questions that many of us are sometimes afraid to ask, and yet, as humans we are going to ask. She is honest, frank and real. It is my biggest beef with biography style books, that the authors try to sugar coat feelings, and experiences. This does not happen in this book, and I love it! You will laugh and cry as you read through My Life and Lesser Catastrophes and you will be encouraged to ask the hard questions, and to be real, even in the most difficult of times. 

Being a Christian does not guarantee us a happy, healthy, risk free life. It's just the opposite. But we have a God who carries us through it all, and though we are not going to get all our answers this side of glory, He gives us the grace, mercy and strength to keep going on our journey. Whatever that journey brings.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase My Life and Lesser Catastrophes at your favorite bookseller from Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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