“Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God” takes you on a full journey of trauma, loss, and finally resilience. While on a mission’s trip in Guatemala, a small Cessna Caravan’s engine blows while carrying fourteen passengers. Unfortunately, the Cessna crashes in a remote village, leaving eleven of the fourteen passengers dead. One passenger, Sarah, shares her story in “Life is Beautiful”, about the deaths of her father and brother; her mother’s extreme physical and emotional injuries, and Sarah’s self-discovery to accept this new life.
“Life is Beautiful”, however, is more than a story about an airplane crash. “Life is Beautiful” shares the personal struggles of Sarah’s father’s drug use, his recovery, and redemption to be a better person. He gives back by doing missions work in Africa, takes in Sarah’s aunt dying of uterine cancer, and eventually leads their family to the mountains of Guatemala. Sarah also discusses her struggles with alcohol use and depression; where she eventually hits rock bottom. It is not until she starts seeking God through prayer, books, and therapy, where she starts to turn her life around.
“Life is Beautiful” is not only a unique story, but it shows the strength of God’s Will. When all hope is lost, she never gives up on God. This story is a true testimony of God’s love for His people, and when one seeks a spiritual journey and connection with God; He gives back in love, forgiveness, and happiness.
My Rating: 5 stars
Life is Beautiful is a must read for all. I can’t stress just how great this beautiful read is. Life isn’t easy, it’s difficult. Bad things always happen and sometimes we lose a bit of ourselves along the way. Sarah M. Johnson has brilliantly written a book, that all should keep a copy handy. This book shows readers her journey through life’s trials. We are tested every day. Things can go well for us for a time and then unexpectedly fall apart and never be the same again. Here, inside of Life is Beautiful, readers get a first hand glimspe into a young woman’s life journey. First, her dad struggles with an issue. Then it’s her struggling to love and forgive her father. Her mom is angered and feels betrayed by her husband’s fall into the dark side.
The youngest child, the son, feels the pain just like the rest of his family but somehow it’s like he holds them together. He tells his father that no matter what, they will always be here for him. That is a showing of true love. Love for a father even when that father betrayed his family and fell off path. His son isn’t giving up on him. Later on, there’s more family issues that will rock their family way of life once more. A father must learn to be the father and husband that he should be. A daughter ,who needs to learn to forgive and move on, as well as recognize her own bad behavior. A mother and wife stressed out from everything. A son, who watches everything unfold and tries to remain strong. Life is Beautiful, shows us, at the end, that life can indeed be beautiful to us once again. I loved reading this book by Sarah M. Johnson. It will tug at your heart, leave you feeling sad, angered, and scared. It will also, give readers hope. Overall, I highly recommend reading this story. You will love this stunning book and all that it brings.