This book made me think about my faith and focused I am on God. Jen is truly a remarkable young lady and her family is equally blessed. They went through a difficult trial but came out still praising God.
This book was very hard to put down. Linda Barrick writes with clarity and heart! It takes you into their world of uncertainty that is overpowered by their trust in Jesus!
It is truly a "Miracle For Jen"! For anyone who is going through a life-changing trial, or even if you are not, it is an amazing read! I know I was so inspired by this book and I know others will be too!
Wow...what an amazing testimony of God's faithfulness, goodness, and power! I love this book! I cried several times while reading this book...yes, it's that good :). Through her mother, Linda Barrick's memoir, Jen Barrick's unwavering faith, heart of gratitude, total devotion to God, and passion to proclaim Christ ministered to me so much. Though suffering from a severe brain injury, Jen's spiritual connection/love relationship with God has remained intact and even grew deeper and stronger after the accident. She could also see Jesus standing right beside her. How precious! She prayed, praised God, worshiped Him in songs, and quoted the Scriptures while she could not talk. God is truly glorified and His power is definitely made perfect in her weakness. Jen's Godly insights and heavenly-minded prayers encourage people around her, including her mom who is at times grieved over what Jen has lost. In her journal (before the car crash), Jen asked God for boldness in sharing her faith. God answered her prayer in a way that nobody could have imagined. God transformed Jen into His beautiful vessel, being used mightily for His glory and for His kingdom. I really appreciate that Linda shares openly and honestly how she feels. As a mother myself, I can relate to her and understand her struggles. At the end of the book, you will find Jen's message sharing the Gospel clearly. Story of God's grace. Story of hope. God is still the God of miracles! I highly recommend this book!
Below are some of my favorite Jen's quotes from the book:
"Mom, your problem is that your brain gets in the way. You think too much! You have to just trust God." (p.150)
"If He doesn't heal me completely it's because He has something far greater for me to do." (p. 167)
"I don't feel normal, and I'm okay with that. I never wanted to be normal. And I don't want to be remembered as 'the girl with the brain injury.' I want to be remembered as the girl who loved Jesus with all her heart." (p.244)
~I received a copy of this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
I just read a wonderful, inspiring book-Miracle for Jen by Linda Barrick with John Perry, which I received from Tyndale House Publishers. This is a true story about a family hit by a drunk driver, and their 15 year-old daughter's struggle to survive. The Barrick family was strongly grounded in their faith, and they had to learn to accept God's new plan for their life. Jen, even when barely conscious and unable to recognize her family, would praise God for hours from a semi-comatose state. When not praying and singing to God, she would be drooling and unable to form words! Her praise to God was clear and loud!
Reading about the Barrick family and their faith and strength during such a horrible time in their lives was definitely inspiring. They prayed for a miracle, but God didn't always answer their prayers the way they expected. You won't be able to put Miracle for Jen down!!
n this incredible story of the Barrick family, you definitely see that God is still alive, well and in the miracle working business. This story will touch every part of your being. What an amazing true story of God's awesome power.
Miracle for Jen, tells the story of the car accident the Barrick family experienced and how in a moment's time life can take a huge change. Linda Barrick, tells the story of how an accident totally transformed her family's life. She testifies to the goodness of God throughout the entire incident and how God is continuing to work in, among and through her family, especially, daughter Jen. After 5 weeks in a coma, Jen emerged from her coma to not recognize anyone and to hardly be able to talk...in the natural. The most amazing part of this time was that when Jen was praising and praying or speaking to Jesus, it was as if nothing had ever happened to her...she was totally restored in her conversations with the Lord. In fact, upon awakening from her coma, Jen was speaking directly to the Lord in absolute clearly communicated words. The story of the journey that Jen was on and continues on to this day, will strengthen any reader's belief that in Christ we can do all things.
The middle section of the book contains photos of Jen and her family during the recovery from the accident. While looking at this section, I became even more drawn to the story (I always check out photo lay-outs in a book before I begin reading) because I recognized, Linda Barrick's father (Jen's grandfather) Ed Hindson because several years ago (almost 10 years ago) I sat under some of Ed Hindson's teachings in a former church, which of course formed a 'connection' with this family's story. Whether there was a connection because of knowing any of this family or not, this is a powerful story.
I wish to thank Tyndale House Publishers for the opportunity to read this complimentary copy in exchange for my review.