"No human language possesses adequate words to describe what it feels like to watch as life slowly leaves your newborn baby. I have never felt so palpably and sickeningly helpless in my entire life. I was strong like wet tissue paper is strong. The moment felt like a horrible dream . . . except this bad dream was my reality."
How can a good God let babies die? Does He really have my best in mind? Will He ever heal my broken heart? The Bible tells us that God is good and that everything He does is good. But what about when the pain of this life bristles against that definition of God's undeniable goodness? It is in those times when the deepest questions of our souls emerge.
After learning that her unborn daughter would not be able to survive outside of the womb, author Sarah Rieke was pressed face-to-face with these difficult questions. Three years later, following the fatal diagnosis for her unborn son, Sarah was once again forced to reconcile God's goodness against the brokenness of the world.
Even Broken Can Be Beautiful is the story of the author's own personal journey to find purpose in the most difficult, confusing, heart-breaking moments of life. It is the story of learning to lean hard on the God who can bring good from even the most despairing situations, an honest story of deep pain redeemed by the beauty of the cross of Christ. In this book, you, too, will uncover the sacred truth that because of Christ, even our most deeply broken places can be made beautiful.
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There are a lot of things I appreciate about this book, one of them being the author's willingness to "go there" in terms of her lament, pain, and confusion...yet always tying it back to the sovereignty of God, which covers far and beyond the brokenness of the world, bringing us the hope of the Gospel and the restoration that awaits for us in heaven, along with the ultimate peace we get to enjoy here on earth even as we work through our pain and brokenness. As a fellow bereaved mother, I found this book to minister to all corners of my heart, from the broken places to the healed areas, bringing to light areas of my heart that need both challenge (to surrender my earthly expectations) and invitation (to rest in His eternal promises). A must-read resource for anyone who is either 1. walking the sorrowful road of child loss or 2. knows someone who is.
If you’re hesitant to pick this up because you feel like you won’t be able to relate, don’t be! I have never walked through anything even close to Sarah’s devastating experience of carrying two previous babies to term, knowing they would die shortly after birth. But, the testimony of her weakness and dependency and Christ’s goodness and sufficiency left me encouraged to faithfully walk in my own story. You will no doubt walk away from reading this with wet eyes and a greater view of the Jesus that fills these pages.
I was blessed to be a part of Sarah's Launch team. Sarah Rieke is an inspiring author. Speaking deeply from the heart, she shares a faith that is raw and real and full of truth. Even Broken Can Be Beautiful shines with God's Love and is a great reminder "when we choose to surrender to the will of God no matter how difficult things are, we build a strong and powerful testimony right before the eyes of a world begging to see." This is a must-read for all!