On the night of November 5, 2006, the Barrick family was driving home from church when their van was struck by a drunk driver. Fifteen-year-old Jen suffered multiple skull fractures and severe brain trauma and was not expected to survive the night. But against all odds, she did. As she lingered in a coma, doctors warned that if Jen ever woke up, she would be cursing and screaming in confusion due to her brain injuries. Instead, after five weeks she opened her eyes and began praying and praising God. Jen didn't remember her middle name, recognize her parents, or recall that she had a little brother, but she remembered Jesus and every word to every praise song and scripture she had hidden in her heart before the accident. As any loving mother would, Jen's mother Linda wanted God to heal Jen, make her like she was before. Normal. But a loving God had something else in mind--instead of making her normal, God is making Jennifer and the whole Barrick family--extraordinary, miraculous. Hope Out Loud is the remarkable true story of a family who overcame tragedy and learned to trust God's plan for their lives in a whole new way.
Very moving and inspirational
- An encouraging read
This book surprised me. I was encouraged and also spurred on in my prayer life after reading Jen's story, as told by her Mum. It also led me to consider my life with greater thankfulness for the ordinary blessings I forget to acknowledge to God. I am so amazed by the work of the Spirit in and through Jen and her family.
- Powerful and Perspective Changing
"We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28) This can seem like a pat answer to the question: "Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?". Then along comes a book like "Miracle for Jen" which engages you in an incredible testimony of tragedy and demonstrates just how much in our weakness He is strong and just how sovereign He is. This book turns our earthly perspective upside-down as it opens ever wider a window into the heart of the Lord.
I found the narrators voice easy to listen to and suitable for the material. I struggled right along with the mother and came to learn from the profound wisdom that flowed through her daughter. For me, it was one of those few books that makes you wonder if you will ever see things quite the same again? What an awesome God we serve.
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A tragic car accident. A daughter in a coma. The doctors don't have high hopes, due to the brain damage. Much isn't expected. Five weeks later, Jen wakes up...praying to G-d. She remembers her memory verses, who Y'shua is, and the role of G-d in her life. What doesn't she remember? Everything else. Her parents. Her brother. Her middle name. Her life. Then her mom starts to pray for her.
This true tale follows the lives of the Barrick family, written by her mother, Linda. It is a moving, gripping tale of faith and hope, passion and prayer. This review, however, isn't about the book, but rather the narration for the audio.
Potter's inflection is proper and well-placed, but overall quite dull. The tale is by the mother, regarding the daughter, but the narration doesn't give to the passion that the mother must have felt. Inauthentic, this audio is not a tale to be engrossed in, nor a naturally-spoken flow that imitates a small group setting. It even doesn't feel like a prepared speech. Definitely feeling as if it were read from a page by an uninvolved party, this audio carries the stereotypical expected sound of an audiobook, or a lengthy eulogy given at a church.
In all, the audio is unimpressive, and warrants a meager 3 out of 5 for worth listening to, only partially saved by the content the narrator represents. I give a solid recommendation to read instead of listen to this one.
- Heart Breaking Emotional Journey
Miracle For Jen by Linda Barrick and John Perry is the amazing true story of the Barrick family’s horrific car accident and lengthy recovery process, which left young Jennifer Barrick changed for life. This amazing story of God’s grace in the midst of horrible circumstances is truly break taking and heart breaking in equal proportions.
The early chapters where the car crash and immediate after effects are described are gripping to listen to and I will admit to crying more than a few times and I listened to the totally undeserved trials that the Barrick family faced due to a drunk driver smashing into them at high speed.
However the real story of this book is not the accident but the amazing way that God has used the traumatic injuries suffered by Jen to deliver the gospel to many who would have never heard it. It is really inspiring to listen to someone who has suffered as much as Jen has still trusting in God and being an astonishing witness to the world about Him.
The narration is very good and the narrator handled both the point of views of Jen’s mother Linda as well as Jen’s own thoughts beautifully.
This book is one of the most inspiring books I have read in a very long time. For Jen to experience all the affects of the accident and become an astounding witness for Jesus Christ is truly a miracle, which will hopefully lead many to God.
This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.