Under the Rainbow: A mother's experiences of the promises of God - eBook
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Publication Date: 2013
This is the story of a mother's journey with God through heartache and loss. It reveals with remarkable honesty the disappointment, devastation and anger she feels when not just one, but two, of her three children are born with multiple disabilities. In time Catherine comes to view her family tragedy from a different perspective. She shows us the delights as well as the sorrows of her family life. We get to stand Under the Rainbow with her as she experiences the promises of God, which eventually lead to acceptance and freedom. This book will make you laugh, and it may make you cry, but ultimately it will reveal to you a God who always keeps His promises.
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KaitlinMaryland, USAAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An Inspirational PerspectiveNovember 8, 2013KaitlinMaryland, USAAge: 18-24Gender: femaleAfter reviewing Ms. Campbell's 40-day devotional, Rainbows for Rainy Days, I jumped at the chance to review this book, her memoir of motherhood. Not one, but two of her three children were born with the same developmentally-crippling disease, microcephaly. (This is when the "soft spots" on a baby's head harden either during pregnancy or shortly after birth, not leaving room for the brain to grow and develop. In most cases, this leads to blindness, a lack of ability to walk, talk or even to sit up unaided, and eventually, to death. However, Catherine didn't allow her daughters' disability to disable her light. Still, she shone on, letting the stories of herself, of her husband and her children to help change the view of these people. They are not some "thing" to be rid of.
My younger brother "Henry" has Down Syndrome, and as his family, we had to adjust. We've always believed that God made and loved those born with disabilities, but as Henry's sister, well, I found the following excerpt absolutely beautiful, and began to tear up when I read it:
*please note that the Author is from Northern Ireland, therefore, you may find some spellings and words to be different.*
"Undoubtedly, we live in a world of the designer label. What we wear is not nearly as important as who made it, and that others know who made it. This is so much the case that manufacturers often display their exclusive label on the outside of the garment. Why wear Ralph Lauren of Coco Chanel if no one else recognizes it? A lot of our teenagers would rather die than be seen in a pair of trainers [American speak: tennis shoes] manufactured by anyone other than those of the current trendsetting brands...
'I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvellous are your works,
And that my soul knows very well...
You saw my substance, being yet unformed'...
'Listen to this, Cheryl,' I exclaimed, making the poor child jump as I raised my voice in excitement. 'You are no mistake, Sweetheart. God knew exactly what He was doing when He made you...it ways so right here in Psalm 139. it says here that God formed you. He knew your little frame before I did, when it was just a bunch of cells- it wasn't hidden from Him. You were no surprise to Him.'...
Down through the years I have learned to see this world's view of perfection from a completely different perspective. Our raison d'etre is far greater than health and wealth, happiness and beauty. Psalm 139 gave me the assurance that Cheryl was 'designer made', and that stamped across her life were the words:
Made with love by God'."(excerpts from pages 53 and 54)
MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A MUST READ!November 5, 2013MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a remarkable story and beautifully written. I can tell it came straight from Mrs. Campbell's heart. In her midwife career and still a very young woman, Catherine Campbell was called upon to care for a severely handicap newborn until it died. She put her heart into it, showing all the love and compassion a heart could hold in giving this precious child comfort in its last days. Little did she know, the child she was carrying would face not days but years of suffering, and not only one, but two of her children.
Her first daughter Cheryl was born with microcephaly, rare neurological condition where the baby's brain does not grow. After 7 months of denying something was wrong the diagnosis hit her like a freight train. Her baby would never be normal. She was blind, could not speak, walk or talk, or even be able to know her mother and father. Her husband was a pastor and she was a strong Christian, but in the face of this devastating news, she struggled with her faith in God. She continued to seek Him and He gave her the strength and peace she needed.
Their 2nd child was a healthy little boy, Paul, but their third child, Joy, also had microcephaly. She was stretched to the limit caring for 3 children, two of which needed round the clock care and were very sick. She worked hard at giving Paul the time and love he needed while meeting the many other health complications and challenges of her daughters. Cheryl lived until she was 13 and Joy until she was 10.
While it might seem like this book was depressing, but it was not. Yes, it was very sad, but the hope and peace of God rang loud and clear throughout it. It was very inspirational.
I loved the way Mrs. Campbell called the promises God gave her in His Word as "rainbows", referring to the rainbow of promise after the flood of Noah. She did not sugar coat any of her heartaches or doubts. Her honesty helped me relate to the very human emotions and thoughts we have when faced with overwhelming loss in our lives, no matter how strong a Christian we are.
I was blessed to see how she valued her daughters. She did not look at them as burdens or children that should never have been born, but each one as person in their own right. She saw their lives with purpose and significance no matter how different it might be from others. This is how we should view all life given by God. Having lost my husband recently, I treasured the scriptures and poems she shared. Our losses were very different but there are certain common denominators in all grief that I related to. This book gave me courage for the road ahead that I face. I had been struggling in spending time in the Word since my husband died. She shared that was something she made sure she did daily to receive the strength and peace she needed. That spoke volumes to me and I now purpose to do the same.
No this story didn't have a happy ending but it was an incredible testimony of God's power and love working through a willing and submitting vessel. My heart is so full after reading this book, not with sorrow but with joy. There is so much more I could share. I strongly encourage everyone to read it, especially if you in a valley of life right now and questioning God. Thank you Mrs. Campbell for this wonderful book!
I received this book free from Kregal Publications. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
Please visit the author's website at www.catherine-campbell.com to learn more about her and her other books.
Renee K5 Stars Out Of 5Perfect gift for someone with a special childNovember 4, 2013Renee KQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a powerful message of God's love. What great courage it must have taken to share her heart within the pages of this book. Catherine truly opened her heart to share her journey.
Having a child with special needs I could truly relate to this book. I had to chuckle when she said that she entered, "disability lane that you knew existed but never imaged you would be part of it. In this world we were to meet remarkable children, loving parents, dedicated staff and those whose job was to solve the strangest of problems." That disability lane has truly changed my family and I have met some amazing people that I wouldn't have if it wasn't for my daughter's disability.
I love how Catherine shares her growth with the Lord because of her daughters. God really keeps you under His love and on your knees. It is such a unique life being in the world of having a child with disabilities.
If you know someone who has a child with a disability then this would be a wonderful gift. Whether it is a parent, grandparent, or friend this book is a must have so bless them with this book. I would have loved to have read her book when my journey began in "disability lane". Thank you for sharing your life with me!
True Northhttp://220.127.116.11/~truenou1/Age: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Two Perfect Gifts from God in Unusual PackagesNovember 3, 2013True Northhttp://18.104.22.168/~truenou1/Age: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Catherine Campbell and her loving family received not one, but two perfect gifts from God. Oh, others may have difficulty understanding this, but it is true. You see, Catherine and her husband Phillip had two daughters born with microcephaly, a disability that results when the brain stops growing. Together with middle brother, Paul, and family, friends, and devoted teams of medical personnel, they cared for and loved their two precious daughters, Cheryl and Joy, until they both went home to Jesus in their early teens.
In this extremely personal book, Catherine Campbell shows us how to love as Christ loves, by allowing us a glimpse into her family life. Through exhaustion, tears, laughter and faith, Catherine and Phillip cared for their daughters, and raised a precocious boy in Northern Ireland. Cheryl and Joy never walked, never talked, and never lifted their heads. Their daily medical and physical challenges would have been overwhelming if Catherine and her family were not daily strengthened by God's grace. Through it all, one theme is clear - Cheryl and Joy touched so many people in a beautiful and life-changing way. Cheryl and Joy's presence in the Campbell's life indeed had worth and a purpose. Their lives changed Catherine's understanding of her reason for living, from a life of grief-stricken soul-searching, to a life of walking with God in faith. In her endearing candor, Catherine admits she will not fully understand His promises until she gets to Heaven herself, and stands above the rainbow. That is what Catherine's faith looks like. It's messy, and it hurts. But it is real faith. Refiner's faith.
I read this book through tears and laughter, sometimes both occurring at the same time. I particularly liked the Ã¢â¬Ëmeals on wheels' humor of the Irish nurses. But I was particularly shocked by how some reacted to the girls' profound disability. This book shook my soul with the question why God lets bad things happen to good people. This book also wrestles with the mystery, the worth, and the Divine importance of each and every soul created by God. The answers to these questions are revealed as Catherine pours out her heart and her deepest personal thoughts for everyone to see. I am truly convinced that this story will change every person who reads it, for the good.
Catherine is a nurse by training, but she is also a very gifted writer and storyteller. Catherine's writing is truly superb. For the writing to stand out this prominently in such a tragic story is impressive. It is another of the precious gifts that God has graced upon Catherine.
I felt a familiar comfort in the way Catherine strung together her words to tell her story. I understand the Irish a bit, hailing from deep roots in Cork and Roscommon myself, but I swear I could hear the lilt in Catherine's writing, just as clear as I hear my grandmother's brogue from long ago.
There will be a joyous celebration in Heaven when Catherine and the Campbell family reunite with their beloved daughters, Cheryl and Joy. And God will surely welcome Catherine with the words, "well done, good and faithful servant."
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