Wednesday, October 12, 2016
From Depths We Rise
From Depths We Rise, A journey of Beauty from Ashes, Sarah Rodriguez welcomes you into her inner circle. She shares some of her most heartbreaking moments, as well as, some of life's greatest joys. She does not offer you advice on how to turn a lemon into lemonade, no it's much more than that, sweeter somehow. She simply opens up and shares her struggles with you. Letting you know that you are not alone.
I wasn't exactly sure what to expect when I started From Depths We Rise. I guess I was expecting Sarah to share bits and pieces of her story while maybe offering a plan to help you over come greif, loss and despair. I'm so glad that wasn't the case. Sarah is real, raw and honest. She shares her struggles with infertility and how she felt like a failure as a woman.
She tells you her love story. How she met her huband and fell in love. How they relied on each other during their darkest days. She is brutally honest on how she felt when Joel, her huband, was diagnosed with kidney cancer. How scared she was, but also how unshakable her faith was. She knew God could heal him and refused to belive anything less.
The book is not incredibly long, but it packs a punch. Sarah draws you in, you feel like you're in the coffee shop or curled up on the couch with one of your dearest friends, catching up on life. I cried several times during this book, I felt her pain and her sorrow, I can't imagine having to walk through half of what Sarah and her family has endured. I don't know if I could have risen above again and again and again.
Sarah is a beautiful soul and I'm greatful she has chosen to share her story. It will challenge you to look beyond your pain and suffering and see the beautiful joy that awaits you on the other side. It will also remind you miracles happen everyday. Even when we least expect it. It only takes faith as small as a mustard seed and man! What that mustard seed can do!
I really hope you will pick up From Depths We Rise and experience Sarah's journey for yourself. It's not pretty, but I believe something beautiful can come from reading and experiencing life's highs and lows together. You will be forever changed by Sarah and Joel's story and I for one am better for it.
*I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views and opinions expressed above are solely my own.