The UPS guy dropped off a package yesterday morning. I knew it was coming–“the query pages of Expectant Prayers for your (my) review.” The edited manuscript of my new book. I have until May 30 to look it over, mark any changes I don’t accept, and make any changes of my own.
Anyway, that came in a flat package, but there was also a box. Huh?? I opened it up to find five books and a note–“Our New Releases Compliments of Howard Books (A Division of Simon and Schuster).” Oooh, free books! And one of them really caught my eye because I just requested that our library put it on hold for me–Mistaken Identity. (see above)
You’ve probably heard the story–in April, 2006, a van carrying Taylor University students and staff was hit by a truck that came over the median. Five people were killed. Including freshman Whitney Cerak. For five weeks, the family of survivor Laura Van Ryn kept vigil over her bedside as she came out of a coma and began to respond. She started saying weird stuff (normal for patients with brain injuries), then really weird stuff. Her family (after 5 weeks!) realized it wasn’t Laura. It was Whitney.
I can’t imagine the anguish of finding out your daughter isn’t alive after all. She’s not going to make a full recovery. Or any recovery. She’s been dead for five weeks.
I can’t imagine the elation of finding out your daughter isn’t dead. She’s alive, and she’s going to make it. You have your daughter back from the dead.
I’ve been devouring the book and should have it finished during Nina’s nap. It’s some powerful stuff. What a compelling, thrilling, sad, sad, wonderful story. These two families have glorified their God in an amazing way in the past two years. Wow. Millions of people will read this book, and I just know many, many of them will accept Christ because of it.
EDIT: I was just reading through some of the Amazon reviews of the book and had to smile/shake my head. All of the so-so reviews cite the same problem they have with the book. “They talk too much about their faith.” “It’s too Bible-versey.” “They talk more about God than they do about brain injuries.” “They left out the answer to the most important question of all–were the people wearing seat belts?” “Too religious.” Hmmm… Go get ’em, God!!
The book can be YOURS if 1.) you leave a comment below and 2.) I draw your name. Oh and 1.5.) you don’t make any snide remark in your comment about how I rig the drawings and never choose you.
Why am I giving the book away instead of keeping it? Because I’m on a mission to clear out my desk, my bookshelves, my closets, my life. To live simply. To manage my time in a God-honoring way. I have a zillion books I still want to read, so I probably won’t be re-reading this one. (But it’s GOOD.) If I do want to read it again someday, my local library is only a mouse-click away.
I’ll draw the winner on Thursday afternoon. May the force be with you!