Occasionally I read a book so filled with truths, I want to get on my soap box and shout---READ IT--PLEASE READ IT! This is one of those books--profound--timely reminder- truth woven throughout the tapestry of words which fills this "Last Testament" of a young woman dying from cancer.
The story hit the national media when the author wrote a letter to another young woman who made the choice to end her life after the diagnosis of terminal brain cancer. I am not on a crusade on either side of this issue with this post. What drew the attention, is secondary to what this book really addresses. I encourage you to not read it thinking it is a chronicle of how to die as a Believer or even the autobiography of this amazing woman. The story is not about death--the story is about how to live--in the midst of "hard". How to live life to the fullest in the midst of pain, agony, grief, loss and all the other hards that are thrown at you with the assurance of Jesus and the abundance of love and grace He lavishes on you.
Here are a handful of quotes that will hopefully whet your appetite-
We are not the authors of our story, we are the characters.
In the absence of comforts and friends, is Jesus enough?
Your weak faith is enough when coupled with God's grace.
Christ can do wonders with a broken heart, if given all the pieces.
The problem isn't in God, but in us. We can't see things from an eternal perspective.
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The books is so filled with wisdom and evidence of God's grace, I finally gave up writing all the quotes down. I will go back--savor it--inhale the essence -and reflect upon it once again, but the first time through---I could not stop long enough to let the truths sink deep into my soul---always wanting to know the next truth--I devoured it quickly. I read veraciously, many books of a many genres going at the same time. This one kept me up late into the night and up early this next morning--turning each page with the anticipation of the next truth.
I walked away with a new joy--a new confidence--a new anticipation for the next thing. A renewed sense of who God is and how He loves me. A reminder of His purpose is beyond my imagination and redemption is woven all through His workings in me. Read it---please read it!
Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
II Corinthians 12:8-9