Thursday, February 16, 2017

#REVIEW and #GIVEAWAY: Love Him Anyway by Abby Banks

Title: Love Him Anyway: Finding Hope in the Hardest Places
Series: none
Author: Abby Banks
Published Date: February 21. 2017
Publisher: Ambassador International
Pages: 225
ISBN: 978-1620205723
Buy It Link: Amazon
One night can change everything. Abby Banks put her healthy, happy infant son to sleep, but when
she awoke the next morning, she felt as though she was living a nightmare. Her son, Wyatt, was paralyzed. There was no fall, no accident, no warning. A rare autoimmune disease attacked his spinal cord, and there was no cure. In an instant, all her hopes and dreams for him were wiped away. The life she envisioned for her family was gone, and she was frozen by the fear of a future she never imagined.
As she struggled to come to grips with her son's devastating diagnosis and difficult rehabilitation, she found true hope in making a simple choice, a choice to love anyway-to love her son, the life she did not plan, and the God of hope, who is faithful even when the healing does not come. In Love Him Anyway, Abby shares her family's journey from heartbreak to triumph and reminds us that hope and joy can be found in life's hardest places.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
You know how when you're little and you have all of these dreams for your life. I know I had practically designed my wedding dress in my head, knew where I would go on a honeymoon, and had already named my imaginary children, all by the time I was 12. Life ended up much different. I'm sure yours did too.
That's how this book starts...the dreams of hopes of a mother for her baby son. The road that leads them to a very different life though, are heartbreaking. The sheer magnitude of everything this family had gone through in the space of a few years even before Wyatt's birth and diagnosis would test any one's faith and resolve. And then in the space of a night, their whole life and future is tipped upside down. It reminds me of the saying, "Man plans, God laughs."
The grace, patience and hope the author expresses in this book brings each reader along the trip of the lows, highs and successes as if each of us were right there with her. There is a part in the book where the author says she wishes she had focused on an area of medicine at some point in her college career, because it would have been so much more useful than a degree in communications. But her degree in communications has led to this book, sharing Wyatt's story with more people than any degree in medicine could have.
I am so grateful to have been able to be a witness to their story through this book.

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