The book was well written, as soon as it arrived I started reading it and finish it in one day. As I read the story I could picture and experience the emotion and the presences of God through out the story. The strength of the congregation comming togather as brother and sister should in the time of crisis to help bear the load in which this family was carrying at the time. It helped me remember that God is always on time. Great book ,our book club will be discussing it for the month of July.I had heard about this tragic incident on the news our prayer warriors began to pray. Thanks so much to the family for sharing their story with the world as a reminder that God is always present.This story is an excellent indication that our strength cometh from the Lord who made Heaven and Earth.
I bought this book for our church library. It is such an inspirational story of trusting God, no matter what. The book was very well written...my compliments to Dean Merrill, co-author along with David and Marie Works. I felt like I was there. It made me examine my own life. Could I have remained as faithful and forgiving as they?
I found this book to be very inspirational! Although their story is a tragic one, they show how they were able to use their faith during the crisis and after. I have already used parts of their story to help others who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.
This book has ministered to me on many levels, especially being in the midst of my own tragedy, I found the faith of this family to envelope me with their love of God and faith that He would be with them each step of the way. It is easy to know that in our heads, but translating it into our hearts and lives sometimes becomes hard, but the Works family, showed us it is something that can be done. A church family rocked by scandal and then a gunman opening fire in the parking lot and foyer of the church, is enough to shake the faith of any church member, but the New Life church family bonded together as a family, to support each other and to support the Works family through this devastating shooting. A true model of what God intends His church to be, from the pastor to the local body. As a pastor's wife this struck a chord within me, to see how this church family responded to the fire of these trials.As a mother, I was in tears, laughters and joy at the stories of the lives and faith of Stephanie, Laurie and Rachel. They had a heart for God that makes our faith, in the youth of today's church age, surge with great hope. These young ladies not only spoke of their faith, they lived it out daily in their lives and actions. Their stories of their faith encourage me that the youth of today are a key to revival in our nation. Stephanie and Rachel, lost their lives, only to wake up in the presence of the Lord, whom they served whole heartedly, Laurie's faith and strength was so strongly shown in this book, as was the faith of Grace the younger sister and their parents. The loss of a child, is enough to shake the faith of any parent, loosing two children would have to be agonizing, but we clearly see through this wonderfully written book that faith in God will sustain us through anything we encounter in life. I give this book 5 stars and highly recommend it for any family who is grieving or struggling with their faith in God.