Monday, August 5, 2013

Book Review: An Incredible Story to be Told

Tyndale House Publishers provided a complimentary copy of Dabney Hedegard's memoir, When God Intervenes, in exchange for an honest review.
     Imagine battling cancer while pregnant and trusting God to save two lives. Or imagine being told your wife is probably going to pass and to quickly get to the hospital to say your good-byes. Unfortunately, these circumstances are all too common with even more unfortunate outcomes. Other times, God brings you through so many adverse circumstances and health issues that all anyone can reason is that a miracle occurred.
     The Hedegard family walked very close to the valley of death multiple times beginning with Dabney's diagnosis of cancer at the age of 25. Add to that, bouts and ordeals with cardiomyopathy, pulmonary embolism and acute pneumonia to name a few, it is of great wonder how author, Dabney Hedegard, survived and her family grew at the same time. Yet, she lives to share her trials and triumphs, setbacks and steps forward in her memoir, When God Intervenes: An Extraordinary Story of Faith, Hope and the Power of Prayer.
     After devouring this book in a day I am amazed at Hedegard's unbreakable spirit and lively candor of her journey. I simply wanted to know what the next page held. She never seemed to let defeat set courageously waging battle against every obstacle that came her way. Yet, there was still an emotional toll as she just wanted to live freely. Dabney's faith carried her through. Although her battle was 10 years long and I would imagine could seem pointless at the time, God saw otherwise and foresaw the bigger picture in the making. She continued to trust and allow God to direct her path. How many times did God intervene? Only He knows.
      What I know though, is God is there and He will step in when all seems lost. When God Intervenes will bolster your faith if it is fleeting. Dabney Hedegard's story is amazing and awe-inspiring. I only hope that you will find, if you don't already know, that Almighty God is incredible and personal. He is right there waiting to intervene (in His ordained time).

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