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Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8 X 5.25 X .56 (inches)|
"Those who are hidden in Jesus, though they suffer, will discover a more beautiful endingor should I say beginningthan they ever could imagine."
Katherine Clark was just an average wife and mother with two young children when she was in a tragic playground accident in late May 2009. A little boy playing on the jungle gym jumped and landed on Kates head, knocking her over and snapping her neck. Kate was paralyzed from the neck down. The doctors diagnosed her with quadriplegia and said she would never walk again.
This terrifying prognosis could have been the end of the story. But instead, God chose to work a profound miracle in Kates life and in the life of her family.
Where I End tells the incredible story. Kate describes how Gods presence carried her through the trying journey of re-learning to walk, both physically and spiritually. Throughout, she shares the deep theological truths that sustained her as she and her family traveled this difficult road.
For fans of Ann Voskamp, Sheldon Vanauken, and Joni Eareckson Tada, Where I End offers hope, encouragement, and a timely reminder of who Jesus is: God with us. In a reflective, literary style, Kate invites readers to see pain and suffering within the context of Gods loving, tender, powerful careand there find hope.
Kendra4 Stars Out Of 5powerful testimony of God's presence in sufferingMarch 14, 2018KendraQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Where I End is the author's story of a freak accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down, diagnosed as a quadriplegic. Miraculously, Kate has regained her ability to walk and live independently, although as she says, she was "raised wounded" and still endures intense chronic pain and other disabilities.
Accented with quotes and illustrations from literature and from Scripture, Kate shares her (and her family's) story and reflects on how their faith was stretched and grown through this experience. One thing that stood out to me was her encouragement to not just wallow in the "Why me?" questions but to seek God's glory in our suffering by asking, "To what end?"
I appreciated the way Kate avoids self-pity, bitterness, and the "victim mentality" in her writing, pointing instead to the God who is near to those who suffer.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.
GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5At the End of OneselfMarch 11, 2018GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Katherine Clark suffered a life-changing injury while playing with her young daughter on a school playground. Her life could have been over but God had other plans for her. Using the accident and the tremendous efforts put forth to be restored to a new normal, she shares truths from the Bible and from other writers to help others deal with tragedy and to give them hope. We serve an awesome God who can take horrible choices and terrible tragedies to lead us closer to Himself. Is it necessary to suffer a tragedy to draw near to Him? He did not design the world that way but He gave us a free will and our choices or the choices of others, such as the young boy who landed on Kate's head, often lead to tragic circumstances. I believe your faith will be strengthened and you will have a greater desire to live for God after reading this book. Plan to spend some time with the book because the lessons are too important to rush through it.
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5An accident on a playground changed one family's life foreverNovember 19, 2017Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Where I End tells the story of Katherine Clark and her paralysis. However, her story didn't end the day she became paralyzed from the neck down because of an accident on a playground. God continued and continues to work miracles in her life to this very day. She still has pain and suffering but she has chosen to see it from God's view and has found hope.
Katherine's story was heartbreaking as I read the story from a mom's view. I cannot imagine looking at my children and seeing the pain in their eyes as they saw this whole accident play out before their eyes. I appreciated her transparency and honesty. After one particular section of the book, I looked at my husband and said, "If I'm ever paralyzed or in a traumatic event, please put on my glasses." I had never thought of the fear that I can't see on top of not being able to talk! I was so thankful she wrote that into her book!
Another part of the book I loved included the quote from C.S. Lewis. She says "I found the truth in C. S. Lewis's words, 'We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.' How much suffering would I have to endure and for how long? When pain is coupled with an undetermined amount of time, without the assurance that relief is coming soon, this is the perilous playground of doubt and despair." I hadn't thought of suffering in that way before, but that is so true. The not knowing how long we will suffer is what leads us into doubt and despair. It gave me a new way to pray for myself and for others who are suffering.
Thought she has walked and is walking a long, painful, and seemingly endless journey this side of heaven, she is not bitter. She even writes about the day she saw the kid who had caused the accident. The emotions that had swollen up in her were definitely ones that are understandable. I'm so thankful that Katherine Clark chose to tell her story, even this particular one. There is so much that we can learn from how she has chosen to suffer well for the glory of God. I in no way want to make light of her pain because it is pain indeed. But because of where her hope lies, she knows that her suffering has a greater purpose.
I received this book free from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
Millie5 Stars Out Of 5Grippingly HonestSeptember 14, 2017MillieQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0One moment in time can change a life forever, and that's what happened to the author when an accident rendered her a quadriplegic. As a Christian who believes that God is in control of all things, and that He is good and loves His children. she knows that there are no easy answers. We tend to ask, "Why?" but her response is, we should rather ask, "To what end?" Through her pain, grief, and suffering, not only because of her changed life but also because her family's life has been forever changed, she grapples with this question in all honesty, and with flawless theology. I appreciated the way she gracefully wove together her suffering with the suffering of Christ. This story is not just about her, but about Jesus.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Well written inspirational memoirAugust 26, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really liked this book. First off, Clark's story is amazing. A young boy climbing higher than he should have on playground equipment fell on her head giving her a spinal injury compared to that of Christopher Reeve. She shares the months of rehabilitation, the miracle of limb movement, relearning to walk, continuing pain. Now, years later, she still has an uncertain gait and lack of feeling in her fingers.
Clark's writing style is great, personable and a pleasure to read. She combines her experiences with her insights and adds thoughts about God, trust and the theology of tragedy. She knows that many of her questions will not be answered this side of heaven.
She wrote this book with the hope that Jesus will be glorified. She emphasizes the essential nature of the prayers for her. The people around her could tell God was moving because of the faithful intercessions of others.
Clark is not the same person she was before the accident. She can't run. She drops things. She falls. She has constant nerve pain. Every day she faces her own fragility. Nonetheless, she is a testimony to the power of prayer and faith in a healing Savior.
This is a good book for those who want to understand the experience of one blind sided by tragedy. Clark helps us realize how she persevered and how her condition affected her children too. She reminds readers that each of us has a story to tell of God's faithfulness. Questions for reflection and discussion are included.
Food for thought: "When doctors were at their end, God was beginning."
I received a complimentary ARC from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.