Sarah Johnson’s memoir is both an uplifting and heart-wrenching story. Sarah bravely shares painful memories of her life from being a socially awkward teen and drinking alcoholically, to surviving a plane crash, where both her father, and brother died, and her mother nearly burned to death.
Although Sarah grew up in a home where religion was frowned upon, she always had a yearning to know God. Sarah believed that she was a constant disappointment to her parents and, therefore, suffered periods of depression. She cherished her younger brother, Zach. He was the only one who could truly calm her when her nerves were frayed. He was her confidant and best friend. When Zach died in the plane crash, a big part of her life died with him. Although her mother survived the crash, she blamed Sarah for her burned body and shunned Sarah because of it. Sarah truly felt alone in the world.
Life Is Beautiful is Sarah’s story. She doesn’t claim to be a perfect person or have a perfect life. Sarah tells of her experiences, disclosing mistakes as well as accomplishments. She also shares how she came to know God, even though it was through a person who was no good for her. She drives home the point that every person who comes into our lives is there for a reason whether they bring happiness or pain. It’s all part of life.
Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your incredible story.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover