Sunday, June 6, 2010

Breathtaking by Amber Nicole Metz~a review~

About the Book:
In this modern-day twist on C.S. Lewis’ A Grief Observed, you’ll read an account of a young woman who walked through the valley of the shadow of death and found through the anguishing process that He alone is enough.

After battling cystic fibrosis for nineteen years, Amber’s lungs were scarred and damaged beyond repair, leaving her in dire need of a double lung transplant.

In Breathtaking, author Amber Nicole Metz takes the reader on her exhilarating journey through a series of gut-wrenchingly honest e-mails she wrote to hundreds across the nation during her illness. Amber’s steadfast faith in the sovereignty of God, even amidst adversity, will challenge you to breathe deeply and embrace life for His glory.

Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: Pleasant Word-A Division of WinePress Publishing (December 4, 2007) Language: English
ISBN-10: 1414108974
ISBN-13: 978-1414108971
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches

About the Author:

Amber is the founder of Breathtaking Ministries, Inc. She is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute with a B.S. in Biblical Studies. She is also an avid speaker on behalf of organ/tissue donation awareness and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

My Review:
This book is about a true life story. Now over four years since surgery, Amber is doing well and is breathing deeply for the first time in years. She spent the entire year of 2006 formulating the 165 or so e-mails she wrote while she awaited – and up to three months after – transplant into her now published book, Breathtaking. This tells of the spiritual journey of a young lady who fell more in love with God each day. Amber was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at a couple months of age. In Breathtaking we see how Amber always had a positive attitude even when breathing was very difficult and waiting on her new lungs seemed endless. She couldn’t finish her first year at college and had to come home from Cedarville University in Dec 04.
The FEC measurement measure total lung capacity. Results are out of 100. Amber was born in 86 and her FEC was at 95% in 94 and then in 04 when she left Cedarville it was at 24%. The FEC went down steadily for years. In late April 05 Amber was finally on the transplant list. Now she had to wait for the right lungs to be donated and the wait seems forever. She had to wait for 146 days, but most of her life it was hard for her to breathe. I just can’t imagine how it would be to go from not being able to breathe without oxygen to being able to breathe normally up to 100%. Wouldn’t that be amazing! Anyway in this book you won’t read about a lot of complaining or about asking God why, but most of it is about how wonderful God is, how much He blessed and enriched Amber’s life. This book is just full of love, blessings and the talk of peace that comes only from God. I thought this book might be a little depressing, but was greatly and gladly surprised at the love this special young lady has for God. It really touched my heart and opened my eyes. I have so much to be thankful for. We take so many things for granted. This young lady is now married as of November 7, 2009. I haven’t heard about her life now, but am trying to find out how she is doing. Besides loving and serving God she lives in the great state of OH so that makes her even more special. So if you want to be uplifted and read about someone who puts God first read this book. It’s a book to keep on your bookshelves. I really must recommend this book.

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1 comment:

Trinity Rose said...

This young lady is so sweet. Read her book. You will be glad you did. Amber is now married and doing fantastic healthwise.