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Book Review: One More Heartbeat by Carolyn Carter

In the book, One More Heartbeat, Carolyn Carter declares her purpose for recording her life events in a book.  _240_360_Book.1035.cover She sees God working as the author of a story to be shared: ” He has been writing the chapters of my life in a way that He knew someday would become the events and miracles shared with others through a book. In One More Heartbeat, I share the many ways God has walked beside me and performed miracles that can be explained in no other way.”  The book is her personal testimony to God’s faithfulness to her and her family through the years and ends with a personal life saving miracle that defies any other explanation but God’s intervention.
As I read this book, I found that I had a mixed feelings about the book.  The events portrayed in Carolyn’s life certainly are a wonderful testimony of God working in and through the ordinary events of a praying, believing Christian.  She has her share of trials, challenges and difficulties that many should be able to relate to and she has a great story to share of extraordinary circumstances as well.  My frustration with the book, however, is that the story was typically delivered in a very mundane, matter of fact, reporter -style dialogue. This is often hard reading for me in that I feel like I’m weeding through a lot of facts to find interest and connection in the story.  I never really felt like I had a good idea of the author’s personality or personal deep thoughts and reflections. I’m glad I finished the book, however because I almost missed the amazing story at the end of the book.
Many will find this book written in a format that doesn’t remain consistently interesting, but many will also likely find a great encouragement and testimony of God’s personal involvement in one’s life.  My rating for this book: 4/5 stars.

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If I Could Speak to a Family Member Who Has Passed

Angel

I would speak to my Gran. She was a jolly soul with the melodic voice of an angel, enthusiastic and creative kindergarten teacher, and just alot of good ‘ol fun. She was someone who lived out unconditional love and her faith in God was so strong. Her love for me and the time we spent together for the first 18 years of my life gave me a source of strength and encouragement that I draw from daily.

WHAT WOULD I ASK HER?

I would ask her to tell me a story…any story….she could tell a story like no other!

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