Monday, March 5, 2012

Miracle For Jen by Linda Barrick

About the book:
On the night of November 5, 2006, the Barrick family was driving home from church when their van was struck by a drunk driver. Fifteen-year-old Jen suffered multiple skull fractures and severe brain trauma and was not expected to survive the night. But against all odds, she did. As she lingered in a coma, doctors warned that if Jen ever woke up, she would be cursing and screaming in confusion due to her brain injuries. Instead, after five weeks she opened her eyes and began praying and praising God. Jen didn’t remember her middle name, recognize her parents, or recall that she had a little brother—but she remembered Jesus and every word to every praise song and scripture she had hidden in her heart before the accident. As any loving mother would, Jen’s mother Linda wanted God to heal Jen—make her like she was before. Normal. But a loving God had something else in mind—instead of making her normal, God is making Jennifer—and the whole Barrick family—extraordinary, miraculous. Miracle for Jen is the remarkable true story of a family who overcame tragedy and learned to trust God’s plans for their lives in a whole new way.
My review:
This is one book that I was so happy to get. I was a student at Liberty University at the time of the Barrick’s car accident. I was one of those thousands of students praying for this precious family. Later, I was a teacher’s assistant in classes in which Jen was a guest speaker. There story is truly a miracle, in so many ways. While Jen was the most severely injured, all 4 members of the family were injured that night, and were taken to 4 different hospitals. Their physical recovery was not easy. But they have allowed God to use them, and their story. The miracle of this story is not just that this family survived this horrific accident, but that they have allowed God to use it, and them to glorify Him.
While I had a special connection to this book being a Liberty University student, I think others will still be inspired and encouraged by this story of the Barrick family.
I give this book 5 stars!
I received this book free from Tyndale Publishers for the purpose of this review.
For more information about the book and the Barrick family’s story:

I was given a certificate for a giveaway copy of this book. Because it is such a special book, I choose to not do a traditional giveaway but to reward one of my followers with it. So the winner is Jen.

 These two pictures of Jen Barrick with Joni Eareckson Tada are used with permission from the Barrick Family.

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