Book Review: Life is Beautiful

I was recently given the opportunity to review an interesting book by Sarah M. Johnson called Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God.

“Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God, by Sarah M. Johnson, 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.” ~from website

Book Review: Life is Beautiful

From the first chapter, Sarah’s words draw you in to her story as if you are right there with her. Her recollection of the details of such a traumatic event are amazing and terrifying in the same breath.  I shed a few tears with the details of the plane crash and the emotions that Sarah was experiencing.

Life is Beautiful {$17.95 paperback} is a quick read with only 184 pages; 11 Chapters. The book is written well, although I did get a little confused a few times because the story flip-flops from the events of the plane crash to events that happened in the year before. Chapter 1 starts off with the plane crash then chapter 2 goes back to Sarah’s life almost a year before the plane crash….it goes on like that throughout the book.

The book is classified as a Self-Help/Death, Grief, Bereavement book – however, I don’t think I would call it a “Self-Help” book, it felt more like just the retelling of a story to me. I didn’t really find any “help/advice” in the book.

Honestly, I was expecting a little more from this book. The title says: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God – there was very little mention of Sarah’s growing relationship with God, which left me with a feeling of the story being unfinished – perhaps a second book is in the works?

If you would be interested in reading Sarah’s story, here’s your chance to win a Kindle copy of Life is Beautiful! The winner will be announced and notified by February 1, 2016 via email.

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