I received this book for free in exchange for a review. However all opinions are my own.
Before kids, I used to read all the time. Now I hardly ever get the chance to sit down and read a book - I only read one book in 2013 and that was only because I was able to read in the evenings when I was out of town for work once. You cannot believe how excited I was when I found out I was getting the opportunity to review a book because it meant that I would finally get a chance to take the time read.
While I do read history books for fun, I usually lean towards chic lit when reading. But, in an effort to expand my horizons, I decided to read A Story Unfinished: 99 Days with Eliot, the story of Eliot Mooney. Eliot is the son of Matt and Ginny, who found out when Ginny was 30 weeks pregnant that Eliot had Trisomy 18. Most of us know that Trisomy 21 is also known as Down Syndrome and that it's possible for many born with Trisomy 21 to live until adulthood. But almost all of those born with Trisomy 18 don't make it past the first week of life. If they're born at all. Eliot lived for 99 days.
Matt takes us through Ginny's pregnancy, Eliot's life and his and Ginny's life after Eliot's passing. As a
mother parent, I cannot imagine the anguish they must have gone through and how much they miss their son, though Matt does a really good job of explaining how they felt. Through it all, they never lost their faith. If I want to be perfectly honest, I don't know if I could do it if I lost a child.
There are so many things that hit home with me due to my recent loss of my grandmother and I am so glad that I read this book when I did. Regardless if you have personally experienced loss, you will learn something from Eliot.
I'm an Off the Shelf blogger, a program from Beacon Hill Press the leading provider of Christian books. Basically, I get to review their books. It's not something I talk about much, but one of the things I am wanting to do this year is strengthen my faith and this is a great way to do so in addition to making the commitment to attend and become more active in our church.