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Miracle For Jen Book Review
Title: Miracle For Jen
Format: Hardcover Book
By: Linda Barrick
Hope: The inciting incident of Miracle for Jen concerns a healing that happened to the protagonist that was so miraculous that, the author states, it must have come from god.
Miracle For Jen Book Synopsis
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 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.
Miracle For Jen Book Excerpt
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
Lord, this life that I now live is not mine but Yours. It is Yours to do with it as You please. . . . Take this year and my life and allow Your glory to shine! Take it and use it to its fullest potential.
—Jen’s journal, three months before the crash
My cell phone was ringing.
My brain reacted automatically. I knew I should reach down to-ward my feet and fish the phone out of my purse. But my body wasn’t moving. I had no feeling anywhere, only a sensation of being restricted as if I were wrapped in a steel blanket.
I opened my. My face was smashed against a windshield of crushed glass. How did I get here? Is this a dream? Wasn’t I just sitting with my husband and son watching our fifteen-year-old, Jen, sing in the choir at her school’s fall concert?
I reached down with my right hand tomy leg, and when I lifted my hand up again it was covered with blood.
This can’t be real. Lord, please wake me up!
I heard Josh calling for me from the backseat. I couldn’t turn around to see him, but I answered anyway. “Josh! Josh!”
“Is this real?!” I asked. “Is it a dream?” I didn’t hear an answer so I said again, “Is this real?”
“Yes, Mom, this is real.”
In anguish, I cried out, “Lord Jesus, please help us! Come to our rescue! Save us!”
Josh and I both began to pray out loud. “Father, please don’t let Jen and Andy die! Oh, God, help us! Please don’t let them die! You are all powerful. You can do anything! We need a miracle!”
Then my husband, Andy, started to stir. “Where are we?” he asked groggily. “What’s happening?”
He was in shock and didn’t answer any of our questions, but at least he was alive. Jen remained silent and still in the seat behind Andy’s.
As a mom, I wanted with every molecule inside me to hug Josh andhim and make him feel better. I wanted to hold Jen in my arms and tell her that I loved her. But I couldn’t move. The crushed metal and broken glass encased my body like a giant, sin-ister glove.
The only thing I could do was pray.
Only an hour earlier, I had been sitting in our church sanctuary as music washed over the audience in waves, filling the room with sounds of praise and the pulsing energy of young hearts on fire for Christ.
For the first few verses, the choir stayed in the background as the soloist sang about the awesome and inexpressible love of Jesus. Then with a swell of strings and a kick of the drums, the choir stepped into the musical spotlight, each singer moving to the rhythm of the orchestra, swaying with the beat, some lifting their hands as they joyfully praised their incredible, all-powerful Savior:
Wonderful, glorious, holy, and righteous,
Victorious conqueror, triumphant and mighty,
Healer, deliverer, shield, and defense,
Strong tower and my best friend,
Omnipotent, omnipresent, soon-coming King,
Alpha, Omega, Lord of everything,
Holy, holy, holy is your name!
Miracle For Jen Book Review Highlights
“Through reading “A Miracle for Jen”, my faith was encouraged, strengthened and challenged. There were times I both cried and rejoiced. This is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it. This book is a keeper and one I want to read again in my own journey of life.” –Susan Bunts Watschel
“ I cannot emphasize enough how life-changing this book is. My Christian walk will never be the same again and I believe everyone who reads this book will be profoundly changed by it.” –Bethany
“this book is also a wakeup call for those that may be addicted to alcohol, drink and drive or those who enable someone who does. I know Jennifer has a lot of work ahead of her as does the Barrick family. My prayers are with Jennifer, that she may find peace, and that God heal her feelings of desperation and anxiety that come with brain trauma, so it will be easier on her ministry and her family on a daily basis.”
–Autumn Blues Reviews