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Parting the Waters: Finding Beauty in Brokenness    by Jeanne Damoff order for
Parting the Waters
by Jeanne Damoff
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Winepress, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Leslie McKee

Parting the Waters is the true story of Jeanne Damoff and her family's journey through the pain of almost losing her son Jacob. Filled with fear, self-pity, anger, confusion and faith, this is a shining example of what can happen when the harsh realities of the world collide with one's life plans.

While on a church canoeing trip, Jacob nearly drowns. A church rector saves him from the water, but he suffers from anoxia (a severe, whole brain injury). Prior to the accident, Jacob was an active honor roll student. After the accident, a number of specialists tried to be supportive, but were honest in their belief that recovery was highly improbable. But even in a coma, Jacob inspired all who came into contact with him. The entire community rallied around the family in support (emotionally, financially and spiritually).

This is truly an inspiring story that helps the reader look beyond the daily trials they face and focus on the fact that God has a purpose for them that is greater than they ever imagined. As Jeanne states, 'It's easy to see God's hand at work in retrospect. Looking back at His faithfulness tends to make us wonder why we ever worry ... we still have to walk by faith through present circumstances.'

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