Her story begins on the night that 17 year-old Matthew Hammell was killed by a hit and run drunk driver. From the first night of their tragedy there was evidence of God's presence.
Soon after Matt died, Louise felt God leading her to write down every event in which she recognized God's hand. Her journal is the main part of the book and is filled with entries that display the glory of God. Some entries reveal God's heart in the tender ways He ministered His love and comfort. Other entries tell of all of the good things that have come out of this tragedy.
Ten years after Matt died, Louise's oldest son Ron Jr. was diagnosed with brain cancer. Again God led her to pick up her pen. It is an inspiring chapter that will encourage faith for healing. Ron Jr. is cancer free!
The underlying message that resonates throughout her story is that God is in over-all control of the life that is yielded to Him. Wanting to seal that message, Louise wrote her final chapter on the sovereignty of God, based on the Bible.
All of the benefits of walking closely with God through the worst of tragedies are seen. The reader will see that God is enough.
Louise Hammell began speaking to people convicted of drunken driving in 1996, one year after her son was killed. She has since spoken to thousands. Her speech has been made into a video entitled "Matt's Mission." Her story has been covered in print, on radio, and on television.
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From the moment I began reading Louse's book, I could not put it down until I finished reading it, cover to cover. It is truly inspirational and I felt riveted to her family story from tragedy to glory through faith in God and her steadfast contribution to community. She articulately draws the reader through the physical, emotional, and spiritual related losses connected to her teen aged sons' death caused by a drunk driver. She reveals the grief process that she and her family experienced, including her son's teenage friends and members of a close community that held Matthew in high esteem. Reaching forgiveness, she explains to the reader, it is a process. Transforming adversity to purpose: From a healed and forgiving heart felt willingness, guided by spirit, she delivers divine therapeutic intervention through an impact presentation to participating classes and groups that have had drunk driving experience. She relays feed back from class attendees that reported lasting favorable results. She and her husband's journey goes beyond local community involvement to state and national policy making influences. Her media experiences are detailed to include local, regional, national and international levels. She devotes a chapter to her eldest of three sons, Ron, Jr that is victorious and survives a rare cancer. She concludes the book with a chapter tying it all together with her philosophical and religious points of view. Throughout the book are her insights to Christian and family values, disclosing her nature and character. There is an essence about her written material that is imbued with life and spirit between the lines on the pages. It is more than a must read, it is a story of many miracles to be experienced as the author takes the reader along the path. Through this written format, I believe, that it will be a legacy and gift that keeps on giving.
Thank you, Louise, for this publication and the multitude of ways that you contribute to the well being of society.