Monday, 25 July 2011

Book Review - My Life & Lesser Catastrophes by Christina Schofield

Publisher's blurb:
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.

My review: I'm really not sure how to rate this book. It started out fine. A tragic event befalls a family and the following upheaval it causes is tangible. I can completely understand how someone who previously had such a strong relationship with God would find themselves doubtful.  However, I am not a devote christian and cannot really relate to this woman's struggle.

I found the book engaging, heartfelt and funny in some places. It was an easy light read about a tragic serious event. I did find parts of the story irritating, specifically where the author puts her daugther's life in the hands of God instead of seeking medical help.She seems to live her life through rose coloured glasses and blind faith in God. Would I recommend it? I don't know.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.   Available at your favourite bookseller from Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

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