**I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**
This book tells the story of one mother’s journey through life-threatening health issues, growing a family, and ministering to others. Julie’s heart for others is incredibly powerful, even as her physical heart is failing.
Julie Manning was undergoing a cesarean section when suddenly things began to go very wrong. As a pediatric nurse, Julie had cared for mothers and children in similar conditions, but never imagined she’d face heart failure herself. Over the following weeks, months, and years, Julie would have to learn to live with her life-threatening heart condition. She had multiple heart attacks and scares, and yet she still followed the Lord’s leading to go to Haiti and lend her nursing skills to the crisis there. Every chapter tells a bit more of her story, but it also delves deep into the vulnerability of her emotional heart and her walk with God. Julie talks at length about reconciling her strong desire to be there for her sons with the knowledge that her heart could give out at any moment. Most Christians will say that they desire to go be with the Lord; few are as painfully honest as Julie about the desire to stay on earth long enough to see dreams come true (e.g. to see her boys come to the Lord, get married and raise families of their own). Every chapter ends with a sweet letter from Julie to her three sons. This book will tug at your heart-strings (no pun intended) with every single page.
Julie writes beautifully and personally. The emotions are raw, and the vulnerability is palpable. The biblical applications are sound, and thankfully so is the grammar.
I don’t want to say too much more about this book because really you have to read it to understand it. It’s powerful in a way that no other book I’ve read has been. It cuts deep on an emotional level and challenges the reader to take a serious look at their own life. Am I grateful for everything I have? Am I cherishing my family and doing everything I can to create beautiful memories? Am I doing everything in my power to point my family, especially my children, to Christ in the small amount of time I may have with them?
READ THIS BOOK. You won’t regret it, but you just may walk away changed.
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