Monday, March 23, 2015

While He Lay Dying: A Book Review

About The Book:

On a windy Saturday in March, just before his four-year-old daughter's birthday party, Bruce finally went to the E.R. to get some strong painkillers.

He was sure he had the flu and pulled hamstring, while his wife thought it was another "man cold".

They were both wrong.

The next morning, Lara stood in the Intensive Care Unit wondering what she was supposed to do. Her soul mate and father of their three little children lay in critical condition, in an induced coma and on life support - he was dying.

Lara's social media posts, meant to save time and keep friends informed, spread further than she ever expected. Eventually tens of thousands of people around the world united in prayer and support for one man's life.

While He Lay Dying is the extraordinary true story of one ordinary little family in an ordinary small city. Many fine books by many fine authors teach about thanksgiving, prayer, healing, community, faith and love. This is more than a fine teaching. This is a demonstration.

About The Authors:

Bruce and Laura Merz are an ordinary couple who drive a mini van, bandage knees, and go on and off diets from time to time. Bruce, formally a pastor, spends much of his time presently as an educator and mathematics curriculum developer, yet still enjoys ministering and speaking here and there. He has a passion for seeing people exercise their God-given gifts and abilities in their everyday spheres of influence. Lara is a teacher and professional photographer who enjoys helping people see how beautiful  they truly are, inside and out. She is gifted communicator and loves to testify of the goodness of God. Together they are raising three small children and are active participants in their local church community in Lethbridge, Alberta.

My Review:

While He Lay Dying was a heart-wrenching, yet hope-filled book to read. The story of Bruce's illness and subsequent time in the ICU fighting for his life, was written in a remarkable manner. I also loved that he and his wife, Laura, took turns recounting the event. It was very obvious in reading this book that faith in God is of the utmost priority for both Bruce and Laura, and their influence is felt, literally, around the world. While I live in the same area as the authors, and have heard of their church I have never attended there. However, many of my good friends have and I know that the Merz' support system locally was outstanding! You will laugh and cry as you read the book, and follow the journey through a life changing moment in a young couple's life. I was absolutely impacted by this book, and it allowed me to recall serious moments in my life when all I had was God and amazing support. It was a very good reminder that the power of healing that comes only from The Great Physician, Christ Jesus. 

If you would like to read a true life miracle story, this is the book for you.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase While He Lay Dying online through Amazon Canada, Amazon US, . and Indigo/Chapters

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the authors, 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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