The Invisible Girls: A Memoir

The Invisible Girls: A Memoir

by Sarah Thebarge

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ISBN-13: 9781455523924
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 207,339
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.95(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author


Sarah Thebarge is a speaker and author who grew up as a pastor’s kid in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She earned a master’s degree in medical science from Yale School of Medicine and was studying journalism at Columbia University when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age twenty-seven. She has written for Relevant and Christianity Today, and has spoken at Donald Miller’s Storyline conference. Her writing earned first prize from the National Evangelical Press Association in 2012. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

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The Invisible Girls 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author of this book tells her story from her heart. She was faced with a serious illness at an early age and shares her struggles with readers. By sharing her love with a family that had worse problems than her she came to realize what it meant to love and care for your neighbors. Her faith is tested and she realizes that she did not walk alone, God was with her.
MarcyP More than 1 year ago
This book was truly fantastic. I was surprised at how hard it was to set it down... which I didn't do for very long. I love the short chapters and thew ay Sarah weaves the stories together. My eyes were opened to the plight of refugees in America... to the plight of breast-cancer patience in general., and the ways those two stories share much in common. I loved the raw and honest approach to Sarah's writing as she shared, not just the details of her life story, but crisis of faith along the way. This is a must-read. I keep finding myself recommending it to people. And knowing that the proceeds go to helping the Somali family helps me feel like I can contribute in some way. This book is worth every penny. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I pray the proceeds will surpass all needs and bless the Invisible Girls beyond education. GOD BLESS YOU SAHARA(Sarah). I look forward to hearing you speak at my church.
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Marthaeo More than 1 year ago
Had a hard time putting this book down. The combination of the Somali family's struggles and Sarah's personal struggles kept me reading.
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MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
When you find a book that blends two stories together smoothly, you’ve found a good book. When you find a book that is heart-wrenching and inspiring, you’ve found a wonderful story. Author Sarah Thebarge has created a wonderfully, good book in THE INVISIBLE GIRLS: A Memoir. Narrator Kirsten Potter does an excellent job bringing the story to life. Her vocalization of the emotions is an added delight to this mesmerizing story the author tells. At 27, Sarah Thebarge’s life was great - she had an Ivy League degree, was on the way to having the successful career she dreamed of and had gotten engaged to her handsome boyfriend. Then her life was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer. After surgery, months of grueling treatments and a number of losses in her life, Sarah decided to start over across the country in Portland, Oregon. Once there, Sarah began trying to rebuild her life. A chance encounter on a train turned her world upside down again. This time, it was in a good way. She came to know and care about a young Somali refugee, Hadhi, and her five young daughters. Hadhi’s abusive husband had left them and they were on the brink of starvation as they were ‘invisible’ to their neighbors and the new world around them. As Sarah began to help Hadhi and the girls adjust to their new country, the family helped Sarah adjust to her new life after cancer. I was touched first by how the author was able to hold onto her faith despite times of despair, anger and doubt. I was inspired by how she overcame all that she did and was able to give so much despite her own losses. Second, I was amazed at the author’s care and concern for Hadhi and the girls. She was there when they needed someone the most and she continues to help them. Portions of the proceeds from THE INVISIBLE GIRLS goes toward the girls’ college education. THE INVISIBLE GIRLS is a beautiful and poignant story that will tug at your heartstrings one minute and make you laugh the next. It’s a story that will have you re-examining things about your own life. This is a raw emotional story of not only surviving, but learning to live. The end of the audio also includes an interview with author Sarah Thebarge that is both very touching and enlightening. FTC Full Disclosure - This audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
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DavidSpringer More than 1 year ago
Sarah Thebarge has penned an amazing book about life: a life that travels from everything to nothing and crawls its way back again; life like a rheostat controlled lamp, its light slowly pushing back the darkness; life like a young dandelion daringly breaking through and beautifying a crack in a sidewalk; life that risks love through heartbreak, life from death, family from loneliness. Like most good stories, its ending remains uncertain and unwritten, but it invites you to follow it even after you close the back cover. Do yourself a favor and create space in your day, your reading schedule, and your heart for a memoir that simply asks that you allow the stories and people around you who are so often invisible to become visible.