April 15, 2014

Book Review: Lost & Found by Sarah Jakes

Lost & Found – Finding Hope in the Detours of Life
by Sarah Jakes

Sarah, daughter of well-known pastor T. D. Jakes of Dallas, had an idyllic childhood in a loving, Christian home.  However, she always felt the expectations and pressure of being a PK, preacher’s kid, especially as the family became more in the public eye.  Sarah began to explore the world outside the confines of church and family and eventually found herself pregnant at 13 and a mother at 14.  Add that to a shaky college experience and relationship and a marriage to a man addicted to lies and infidelity.  Her secure life became one of anger, unhappiness, insecurity, and hurt.

Sarah's self-esteem plummeted and her faith was shaken, but luckily, she had strong family support.  Sarah’s journey back to valuing herself as God’s child and accepting His grace will be so meaningful to many readers.  As she analyzes her life decisions and how she reacts, and the way she wants her life to be, her relationship with God grows again.  I admired her willingness to share, and understand that she holds back some details to protect those involved. 

So many people are in trouble or in despair, trapped in unhealthy relationships or situations; this book shows how one person worked her way through her lowest points back to the forgiving, embracing arms of the Father.  As a former teacher and counselor, I found myself thinking of all those who could benefit from this read, especially teens struggling with life decisions.  But that’s not to say that I didn’t take away some good lessons myself.  Most of us are, after all, lost and hopefully, found at some points in our lives. 

This book was provided to me by Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.

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