Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God by Sarah M. Johnson


Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God takes you on a full journey of trauma, loss, and finally resilience. While on a mission’s trip in Guatemala, a small Cessna Caravan’s engine blows while carrying fourteen passengers. Unfortunately, the Cessna crashes in a remote village, leaving eleven of the fourteen passengers dead. One passenger, Sarah, shares her story in “Life is Beautiful”, about the deaths of her father and brother; her mother’s extreme physical and emotional injuries, and Sarah’s self-discovery to accept this new life.
Life is Beautiful, however, is more than a story about an airplane crash. Life is Beautiful shares the personal struggles of Sarah’s father’s drug use, his recovery, and redemption to be a better person. He gives back by doing missions work in Africa, takes in Sarah’s aunt dying of uterine cancer, and eventually leads their family to the mountains of Guatemala. Sarah also discusses her struggles with alcohol use and depression; where she eventually hits rock bottom. It is not until she starts seeking God through prayer, books, and therapy, where she starts to turn her life around.
Life is Beautiful is not only a unique story, but it shows the strength of God’s Will. When all hope is lost, she never gives up on God. This story is a true testimony of God’s love for His people, and when one seeks a spiritual journey and connection with God; He gives back in love, forgiveness, and happiness. 

My Thoughts
★★★★★ Cut To The Core Stars
I received this book in return for an honest review.
This book was such a beautiful heart touching story.
I don't see how anyone could read this and not cry though. Lol.. I won't lie, I cried like a baby just after a few pages of reading this. This book is also something I believe that God placed in my life because I'm still struggling with my own mother's death. This book has shown me that He is still there for me, I just need to reach out for Him.
When I got to the part of her aunt having cancer, I saw so much of myself and my family in it, that I just broke down squalling. I even ended up telling my sister a bit about it and she agreed that she saw a lot of what we went through there. (She now wants to read the book as well)
Sarah M. Johnson is very brave, IMO. It is not easy to write and share things that are so painful... much less have it published for everyone to see.
My prayers are forever with you.

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