"Suddenly, it crashed in on her. All of it. The cancer. The surgery. The cancer-and-surgery-on-top-of endless-pain-on-top-of-paralysis. The exhaustion. The loss of her breast. Going back to the hospital. A port in her chest--for poison. Losing her hair. Death, somewhere back there in the shadows. She collapsed into convulsive sobbing, weeping for all the losses and pain and disappointments here and now and long, long ago. The unshed tears of departed years."
The book then slips back in time detailing aspects of Ken and Joni's marriage and just how hard it was, two people married and yet existing separately, and how cancer and all its ugly awfulness was a gift that brought them closer then they ever imagined. Living in the throw-away culture that we do, this story is a REAL LOVE STORY. It's about faithfulness and servanthood and doing the best for the other when life isn't looking exactly like you thought it would. I think this book would encourage any marriage--a young marriage or an old one, a happy one or a struggling one. The situations that Ken and Joni have faced definitely put your own little problems and scuffles in perspective. I finished the book amazed once again at God's sovereignty. I can't imagine going through everything that Joni has in her lifetime and then I look at how God has used her in such mighty ways. I think the words to this song by Laura Story say it best--
"Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?"
I finished the book thankful for a God who is in all the details of our lives, working it all together for our good.
(Disclaimer--I received a free copy of this book through Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review or compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own)