4.25.2012

The Ben Ripple By Lisa Elliott

On August 12, 2008 Lisa Elliott received the phone call that changed her life forever. It was from her husband, David, on his way to the hospital emergency room with their 18-year-old son Ben who was subsequently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. After a one year and one week valiant battle, Ben was promoted to his heavenly home. Throughout his life, but even throughout his death, Ben's Christ-like attitude became an inspiration for thousands around the world who followed updates Lisa posted on a Facebook blog entitled, "Prayer for Benjamin Elliott". It was appropriately re-titled, "The Ben Ripple" upon his death. This is a victorious and candid journey of one faith-filled mother who sought to use her story for the glory of God through her pain, loss, and grief. It provides validation for those dealing with a family crisis, hope and inspiration for those who are grieving loss, and practical help for those desiring to be comforters.
As a person who lost a best friend at the age of 10, a Dad at the age of 20, a Grandmother at the age of 23 and countless other relatives and friends, I feel like I'm well versed on loss even at a young age. The tag line for this book really got my attention “Choosing to LIVE through LOSS with PURPOSE” because that's exactly what it is, a choice. We can choose to live through it and let it drive our purpose for living and help others, or we can succomb to it, live miserably and wait to die ourselves. But the author is choosing to live through it, in spite of it and help others cope and find a purpose in it all. The book is a tell all of a sons battle with Leukemia and a Mother's raw emotions and the faith that kept her strong. I highly reccomend this book and I cannot imagine losing my son, I would be devastated, but this book opened my eyes and made me realize that every second we have with loved ones is nothing but a gift from God. Cherish every moment!
"Book has been provided courtesy of Word Alive Press and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available now from your favourite bookseller."

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