Five days ago I received in the mail Jeanne Damoff's book, Parting the Waters: Finding the Beauty in Brokenness .
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I don't often find myself reading a book all at once, but within 24 hours I turned the last page, feeling privileged to peek into the life-changing story of the Damoff Family.
Jeanne's story starts as a typical day in the life of a loving christian family unaware that a phone call would change their life, and test their faith.
Parting the Waters is the amazing account of a tragic drowning that took all the hopes and dreams of a loving mother, sinking them in the depths of a lake.
Its a story of answered prayer, of lavish love, and hope.
Jeanne Damoff writes of her dependance upon God in a very real way, acknowledging the Lord's tremendous blessings, even when she could not see them clearly. She gives a transparent glimpse of the realities of being a mom, wife, friend and child of God, when faced with tragic circumstances.
In short, I enjoyed this book because Jeanne doesn't give a quick-fix solution to the real pain of grief; she doesn't give pithy answers to the hard questions; and her transparency is refreshing.
I have spent the better part of five days mulling around what it is I want to say about this book, and I got my answer this morning while reading Psalm 30.
Psalm 30 is written by David and is a call to thanksgiving.
In twelve short verses he praises God for the work He has done throughout David's entire life. He eludes to times that were difficult; to moments that tempted him to dwell in a pit. He cries out to the Lord, and rejoices that God hears him.
David encourages those who read his words to do the same...he acknowledges that tears are certain to come, but joy will come in the morning.
Psalm 30 reveals the reality that life doesn't always play out the way we want it to, but encourages us to keep our eyes on the Lord.
Parting the Waters: Finding the Beauty in Brokenness is much the same.
Go read it. You won't be sorry.
For more information on Jeanne Damoff, you'll find her website here.
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