On the night of November 5, 2006, the Barrick family was driving home from church when their van was struck by a drunk driver. Fifteen-year-old Jen suffered multiple skull fractures and severe brain trauma and was not expected to survive the night. But against all odds, she did. As she lingered in a coma, doctors warned that if Jen ever woke up, she would be cursing and screaming in confusion due to her brain injuries. Instead, after five weeks she opened her eyes and began praying and praising God. Jen didn’t remember her middle name, recognize her parents, or recall that she had a little brother—but she remembered Jesus and every word to every praise song and scripture she had hidden in her heart before the accident. As any loving mother would, Jen’s mother Linda wanted God to heal Jen—make her like she was before. Normal. But a loving God had something else in mind—instead of making her normal, God is making Jennifer—and the whole Barrick family—extraordinary, miraculous. Miracle for Jen is the remarkable true story of a family who overcame tragedy and learned to trust God's plan for their lives in a whole new way.
What an amazing read! I was intrigued even in the very first chapter. What an amazing walking miracle and testimony Jennifer Barrick is to the mercy and grace of God! I thoroughly enjoy true stories and was looking forward to receiving this book for review. Little did I know how this book would break my heart over and over again and open my eyes to the realization that God is in control of each and every one of us. He decides when we take our last breath, not man.
I would definitely recommend this book. It is a great story of triumph and celebration that if God brought you to it, he will bring you through it. Nothing is too great that our God cannot intervene, as he did with Jen. I laughed, I cried, I felt so ungrateful after seeing all Jen went through and to still come out thanking God more than ever and to know we complain when something doesn’t go our way. She is a true definition of what a Christian should be!