5 Stars Out Of 5
Jehovah is God!
October 14, 2016
Whats in a name? This book is about a man of faith named Joel and his baby girl Ellis; both of their names mean Jehovah is God. Joels hope was that as a result of every crisis, others would come to believe in Jehovah. It is also about Joels wife Sarah, mother to Ellis as well as their son Milo. Sarah and Joel Rodriguez believed that the Lords hand was on their family; they never imagined how many and how severe trials could be in their lives. Sarah is a young woman whose life after she married Joel Rodriguez became a roller-coaster ride, from despair to joy, from joy to mourning, from mourning to beauty. She could only have endured through close communion with her Savior and the support of family and close friends. This book may be appreciated by those who are going through severe trials as they may find encouragement. It can also be appreciated by those whose loved ones are going through trials as they may find a way to encourage them. The Lord showed Sarah how to see beauty each time she rose through the ashes of intense pain which speaks volumes for her choice of tenacious faith.
Sarah met the love of her life, Joel Rodriguez, in NYC in 2004, and they were married just over a year later. They were both Christians and had similar hopes as they grew their marriage. This included their desire for children; the natural step they saw toward that goal was to move to Sarahs home state of Oklahoma. Pregnancy was not something easily obtained by the couple, however, and after various tests, surgery, and medications, they agreed to submit to in vitro fertilization. Before they could begin the IVF process they learned that Joel had cancer, a football-size tumor that engulfed one of his kidneys. Prior to his treatments and surgery, they began IVF procedures so she could have healthy embryos implanted at a better time.
Each step along the way, God was preparing them for the next crisis. They endured what many couldnt by doing the next right thing, even when their cries were interspersed with screaming, weeping, and asking why. After Joels first surgery, it caused us to cling to the Lord like never beforeHe was Father, He was friend, He was grace, He was strength. He was all we needed (pg. 44) Sarah also shares a tiny bit of hope; even as little faith as I had left, I still had that tiny mustard seed of belief He could do the impossible. (pg. 231)
The author speaks from her heart with raw vulnerability and authenticity. She doesnt sugarcoat the challenges in their lives, nor does she seek pity. She has determined to tell their story, Joels story to touch millions and for nations to be changed by the story of this manWe will continue to proclaim your story until all will see and truly know how great is our God (pg. 114, 115).
This very well-written story of the Rodriguez family will inspire and encourage readers, although one might keep a box of tissues nearby. I highly recommend From Depths We Rise to readers and church libraries. Whatever one is going through, this book will ultimately bring hope in the God who brings us beauty from the ashes of our lives.
With a grateful heart, I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing; as a courtesy, I am posting my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received.