Monday, October 13, 2008

Book Review: Mistaken Identity by Mark Tabb

Saturday night I sat in a bookstore while my older children attended a school dance. While roaming up and down the aisles of the “religion” section I came across a book that grabbed my attention and then kept it for the next two hours. The book was called MISTAKEN IDENTITY: TWO FAMILIES, ONE SURVIVOR, UNWAVERING HOPE by Mark Tabb. Seven chapters and two days later I am still thinking about the book and how much I was enjoying the way it glorified God.

You might remember the story of Taylor University students Laura Van Ryn and Whitney Cerak. Both girls were involved in a serious accident that left one alive but in critical condition and the other was sent to the arms of her Heavenly Father. But which young lady lived and which went on to meet with God? One family believed they had lost their daughter while another clung to theirs recovering in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Both families, devoted followers of Christ Jesus, held tight to their faith and trusted completely in God for His grace and mercy through their suffering, tribulation, and sadness.

In her journal, Susie Van Ryn wrote the following scripture:
“Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard,
Who keeps our soul among the living,And does not allow our feet to be moved.For You, O God, have tested us;You have refined us as silver is refined.You brought us into the net;You laid affliction on our backs.
You have caused men to ride over our heads;We went through fire and through water; But You brought us out to rich fulfillment.” (Psalm 66:8-12. NKJV.)

What beautiful confidence in our Lord and savior in the midst of an unfathomable circumstance and unimaginable grief.

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