Friday, March 13, 2015
Book Review: Bella's Gift
This book is not about living with a child with special needs. It is not about a family that attempted to run for presidential office. It is about a family who has learned through various challenges and opportunities that life is precious, God given, and valued. Every life is one that should be advocated, treasured, and honored. It is a book filled with honesty, pain, love, joy, and passion.
I appreciated the different perspectives that Rick and Karen provided as they faced trials and celebrated victories through Bella. It allowed for a deeper understanding of the situation and allowed for a 'realness' that is sometimes whitewashed over in biographical stories. Their testimony and candor is admired. It was easy to read, enjoy, cry along as the story of Bella and the Santorum family unfolded. I loved the storytelling aspect of the layout- it wasn't a timeline, play by play of 'what happened' but an unfolding of a heart story that takes place in pieces over time that allows the reader to put them together to a beautiful puzzle.
I feel honored and blessed to have had the opportunity to read this book and would highly recommend to anyone looking for encouragement, a story of integrity and depth, or for unfiltered passion for one's beliefs.
*Thank you BookLook bloggers for the free copy of the book in exchange for my review.