Miracle for Jen: A Tragic Accident, a Mother's  Desperate Prayer, and Heaven's Extraordinary Answer  -     By: Linda Barrick
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Miracle for Jen: A Tragic Accident, a Mother's Desperate Prayer, and Heaven's Extraordinary Answer

Tyndale House / 2012 / Hardcover

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Facing devastating brain injuries from a car crash, 15-year-old Jen was not expected to survive. Doctors warned her parents that if she regained consciousness, she'd be cursing and screaming in confusion. But instead---though she didn't recognize her family---she did remember every Scripture and praise song she'd hidden in her heart. A riveting testimony! 288 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 141436119X
ISBN-13: 9781414361192
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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 plan for their lives in a whole new way.

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A mother’s searching memoir about how she and her family found their faith tested in the aftermath of a devastating car crash.

Baptist evangelical speaker Barrick had the perfect life. A Bible study leader, she was happily married and had two blessed children. Her son was a gifted athlete; her daughter, Jen, was a “straight-A honor student, varsity soccer player and nationally ranked varsity cheerleader” who loved God. But in 2006, tragedy struck when a drunk driver collided head-on with the car in which she and her family were riding. Her son escaped with bruises and scratches while Barrick and her husband suffered multiple fractures and severe lacerations. Jen was hurt worst of all and sustained life-threatening head injuries. Barrick and her husband struggled to come to terms with their now-shattered lives as Jen lay in a coma for over a month. Against all odds, she began to respond; even more amazingly, she started conversing with God in language that was perfectly intelligible. Like her mother and father, Jen recovered her health, but was even more profoundly changed by the accident than they were. Now brain-injured and nearly blind, she was only able to regain normal speech with great effort, although her ability to speak to God unimpaired continued to astound those around her. Barrick admits throughout to longing for a daughter who could be “normal” again. But through Jen, she came to understand that her human desires were secondary to God’s plan, which was to give her daughter “her own special place in His world.” The author’s story is moving but will no doubt frustrate secular readers, as she remains silent about other neurologically based explanations for her daughter’s remarkable abilities and recovery.

Likely to appeal only to Christian readers.

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    I am so excited to share this review with my readers. The book, MIRACLE FOR JEN, was written by Jen's mother, Linda Barrick. Linda tells the story of how their family was involved in a tragic accident. Their minivan was hit head on by a drunk driver, wreaking havoc on everyone inside the van. Linda, her husband, daughter (Jen), and son were all injured. Her daughter Jen was the worst off. She was not expected to live through the night. But miraculously she did survive the night! And she is alive today telling her story all across the world. Their family are Christians with ties to Liberty University, and Linda talks about the thousands fo people praying for her daughter while she recovered from her traumatic brain injury.

    The thing about brain injuries is that they take so long heal from. A lot of times the person may look perfectly normal, but their brain is not functioning properly. I believe that waiting to heal from an injury like this is the hardest part. While waiting for her daughter to heal, Linda talks about the raw emotions she was feeling at the time.

    "Later that day....was the first time I could remember being by myself since the accident. Overcome with emotion, I shut the door to Jen's room and collapsed on the floor at the top of the stairs. I got on my face and confessed my thoughts to the Lord. I didn't know what else to do As I lay there, I didn't hear an audible voice in the room, but I heard GOd speaking to my heart.

    Linda, do you love Me as much as you love Jen?

    Lord, You know I do!

    In that instant I realized that at the root of our greatest fear is often something we love more than God. I didn't want to love Jen more than I loved God. I didn't mean to do it, but my priorities said otherwise.

    Then you have to stop being consumed with trying to fix Jen. I don't want you to be consumed with anything else but Me. I want to be your number one obsession.
    Jen is mine. You have to let go and trust Me."

    And that is what this book is all about. Letting go and trusting God's perfect plan. This book is a great reminder that His ways are not my ways and His plans are often not my plans.

    I was given a copy of this book from Tyndale publishing as part of their Tyndale Blog Network. The opinions are mine.

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    The book follows the journey of this family as they struggle to heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Mrs. Barrick shares of the difficulties of the recovery and forgiveness with great honesty. It was inspiring to read of how the body of Christ came together to support this family during their months of recovery. Their family and friends kept vigil at Jen's bedside when her parent's were unable to be with her. This family was surrounded in prayer, provided with meals, encouraged, and care for. An amazing testimony of how God uses His people to share His great love.

    Although Jen's life is forever changed as a result of a traumatic brain injury...her relationship with Jesus only grows deeper. God has written a miraculous story of healing in her life - and she is eager to share it.

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    WOW!...Changed the way I live MY life!!
    I diddo all the reviews on this book! A MUST READ.
    I bought nearly a dozen books to share with my friends.

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    I got this book for my daughter for Christmas. We had heard the testimony already of this family. She has already read the book and given it to a friend to borrow. Her friend said it has brought her closer to God in reading this story.

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    This book was so inspirational that I bought several copies for all the teen girls in my daughter's Bible study group. I ordered a few extra, and have shared them with people looking for inspiration. Jen is living proof of God's ability to perform miracles in ways we don't expect. We also let our daughter order jewelry that Jen makes that is offered on her website.

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