book review: Life is Beautiful by Sarah M. Johnson

Sarah M. Johnson. Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God. Morgan James Publishing, 2015. 198 pages. $14.19.

How many people do you know who have survived an airplane crash and simply walked away from it, without any injuries? Sarah M. Johnson is one of those people, and this is her story.

In Life is Beautiful, Sarah Johnson shares her powerful story of how she survived a plane crash, where she lost her father and brother, and the days after with her mother in the hospital with extreme injuries. She also shares growing up with a father who used drugs, and battling depression and alcohol use in college herself. All through these experiences and going through therapy, she finds a relationship with God and eventually turns for the better. All of this is truly an inspiring testimony, telling of the goodness and compassion of our Lord on all those in need of help.

While this whole book is a powerful testimony of a journey towards a relationship with God, what strikes me is that there is nothing about Sarah’s relationship with God literally in the first half of the book. I understand this is because it is only when Sarah meets her boyfriend Jacob, who is a believer, that she starts to think about these things. However, this is basically said to be a story about a lost girl becoming a true, confident child of God. But Sarah’s growing relationship with God is only barely mentioned in the book.

The writing style of the author does not impress me either. The author skips between the plane crash and earlier events in her life, making it sometimes difficult to follow the thought or the story the author is trying to tell. It seems like the author is also skipping between writing styles within one page as well, as the description of scenery is very beautiful with fancy words, yet the dialogues are quite choppy and simple. However, I know that I am very particular and picky when it comes to words so this might not bother others the way it bothered me.

Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God is an inspiring story and a powerful testimony of the works of the Lord even in this day. This book testifies of God’s grace for those with a difficult upbringing or who have gotten lost in the ways of the world. If you are struggling with losing family members, depression, or alcohol use then yes, this could be a book to give you hope of a better future. There is still, however, a whole lot of room for improvement in the writing itself and what matters to me and why I would not recommend this book, is that God is barely mentioned in the book and this book offers in no way anything more about God or how to get to know Him (which, to me, are crucial, even if it is a biography). But in case you are looking for a testimony to read of the miracles God works still these days? Yes, you might want to consider this.

About the Author:
Sarah M. Johnson is currently a graduate student seeking her Marriage and Family Therapy degree. She will graduate in 2015. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. After graduating, she plans to open up a private practice office and guide those who are seeking their own self-discoveries of love and happiness.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review of the book.

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  1. Hi, thanks for sharing on Literacy Musing Mondays. I like that you were candid about this book. 🙂