This is one of those book reviews that I want to begin with a, "WOW!" I can promise you that I am not kidding about that. Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life was a story that I found to be extremely raw, outrageously bold, and very, very real, in the best of ways.
Sarah Jakes story was remarkable. It's a story that I honestly knew nothing about. I cannot imagine the pressure that she felt. Being a PK is an experience within itself, but to be front and center in the public eye while trying to figure out who you are and what you should be about, that's something. Add to that the typical and atypical bumps and bruises of love, life, family, friendship, and faith. This young woman offered a unique perspective on how to find understanding and hope even in and through the most difficult of hardships.
There was really so much within the pages of this book. There was vulnerability, truth, encouragement, and inspiration. Jakes did not hide behind an image. She did not make excuses. She confessed her mistakes and imparted a wisdom and maturity that can only come through experience, time, and fellowship with the Savior. Her words were powerful and unwavering.
If you want to see what a modern-day prodigal story looks like, then read Sarah's story. You won't regret it.
Options: Perfect for women's and YA ministries, ideal for book club, resource for church library
I hadn't even made it out of the introduction and I was already in tears and convinced I would probably need to purchase a whole case of this book. For sure, I wanted to share it with my grown daughters who had experienced many of the struggles Sarah describes_and grown up under the microscope of being a pastor's daughter.
This story is so much more than just the recounting of a "PK" gone wild_it is the truth of the gospel: there is grace. A contemporary Christian artist puts it this way:
You can never fall too hard, so fast, so far
That you can't get back when you're lost,
Where you are is never too late, so bad, so much
That you can't change who you are,
You can change who you are (Who You Are by Unspoken)
The level of courage that Sarah Jakes demonstrates as she shares the gritty details of her choices and how far she feels she moved away from what she knew and the grace that could save and sustain her seems to come from someone much older than just twenty-five.
This book is gift of hope. Hope for the one whose made devastating life choices, and hope for those who love them.
When I started reading I purchased a little pad of sticky notes and started writing down the points that stuck out to me. I gave up somewhere in the second chapter-there were just so many. This would make an excellent women's study, broaching topics and examining feelings that often stay hidden and do so much damage.
Sarah makes this statement in her conclusion: The chapters of my life I've shared with you within these pages reveal some of my darkest hours and most painful disappointments. But as a broken window acts as a prism, filtering sunlight through its cracks I hope that you can see the many beautiful moments of color dancing within my rooms.
I recommend this book very highly and am proud to have it on my bookshelf.
I received a copy of this book to read from the publisher in return for my review.
So this was an interesting book by a very interesting young woman. She's intelligent and quite a writer. I struggled to get into the story at first because she started out a "little preachy" I felt, but then she got under way with telling her story with emotion and honesty. I'm sure all the people who have sat around wondering in her father's church about the gossip her life must have generated will have their curiosity satiated by her in this book. She spilled her guts, so-to-speak.
Can you imagine being the daughter of the wildly famous preacher T.D. Jakes? And getting pregnant at the ripe old age of 13? Giving birth at 14? She tells about her marriage to an NFL player later on, and his many betrayals.
I was really pleased to read that her mother and father, who had a serious reputation to protect, didn't abandon their daughter in her time of shame and need. Instead, the family enveloped her in love and care, protection, and continued through all of the drama of her young life.
I thought her story worth telling and reading. She came out a total victor- not a victim. Bless her for that! And sharing her story in order to uplift others. What courage! In the end, I admire her and her family.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for a written review*
This autobiography tells of Ms. Jakes struggles she went through in her teenage years. She is the daughter of a pastor and had a baby at the age of 14. She talks about what she went through in those early years and how people reacted. She also talks about what lessons she learned.
She also talks about her marriage and divorce and the lessons she learned from that.
Well the book is well written, I struggle to recommend it to anyone to read. There is no where in the book where she mentions to asking God to forgive her for the sins she committed. There is no where she mentions going before the church and asking forgiveness, when this is something commanded in Scripture.
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers for purpose of this review, I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions I have expressed are my own.
Sarah Jakes writes about her experiences growing up, and while I found them to be very interesting I also found myself going and...... It just seemed as if Sarah was just scratching the surface on things.
She was candid and didn't shy away from the tough issues. I also was relieved to see that she kept going back to God. She made mistakes but she kept going back to God. But I also felt there was a ton of rambling in the book, which is why I think I felt not much was said.
While it wasn't a great book I will admit the best part was Jakes' admitting that we are all growing into our testimonies. That we don't need to have it all together.
I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.