Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Life is Beautiful By Sarah Johnson

"Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God" takes you on a full journey of trauma, loss, and finally resilience. While on a mission’s trip in Guatemala, a small Cessna Caravan’s engine blows while carrying fourteen passengers. Unfortunately, the Cessna crashes in a remote village, leaving eleven of the fourteen passengers dead. One passenger, Sarah, shares her story in "Life is Beautiful", about the deaths of her father and brother; her mother’s extreme physical and emotional injuries, and Sarah’s self-discovery to accept this new life.
"Life is Beautiful", however, is more than a story about an airplane crash. "Life is Beautiful" shares the personal struggles of Sarah’s father’s drug use, his recovery, and redemption to be a better person. He gives back by doing missions work in Africa, takes in Sarah’s aunt dying of uterine cancer, and eventually leads their family to the mountains of Guatemala. Sarah also discusses her struggles with alcohol use and depression; where she eventually hits rock bottom. It is not until she starts seeking God through prayer, books, and therapy, where she starts to turn her life around.
"Life is Beautiful" is not only a unique story, but it shows the strength of God’s Will. When all hope is lost, she never gives up on God. This story is a true testimony of God’s love for His people, and when one seeks a spiritual journey and connection with God; He gives back in love, forgiveness, and happiness.

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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.

Sarah believes that adversity is a gateway for change, and that through the difficult times of sorrow, loss, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, disease, or other mental illness, we can use this adversity to self-explore and change for the better. We must not run away from the adversity, but face it, heal, and use this particular adversity as a learning lesson. We all have the capacity to be happy and love ourselves; but we must utilize all necessary support systems, medical professionals, mental health professionals, Religious affiliations, (and many more that I am not mentioning) to help us find the Power Within. The Power Within helps us to accept our adversity and create necessary change for a life of love and happiness.
This is more of a testimony then a book you read for fun. It is full of Sarah's story so if you are looking for an encouraging read you may want to pick up a copy of Life is Beautiful. Death is very hard to deal with and she wants to reach out to people and help them deal with death in a spiritual way.
I found it a little bit hard to get into but then I realized it was her testimony she was sharing with the world, it then became more real and I wanted to read more of it. She shares  her connection with God.
I gave this book 4 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.


  1. This sounds interesting. I love to her people's testimony.

    1. Amanda, you are the WINNER! I will get your book right out to you!

  2. Yep I like that one too !!! Love to hear about God turns messes into a testimony !! Blessings ,DanaGirl

  3. I really need a encouraging read right now. Thank you Mary

  4. I don't know about this one. I rarely finish a book if at anytime it's hard to get into.

  5. I'm with Willard. I find it hard to finish a book it it is hard to get into. I find myself skipping pages just to finish. I do enjoy people's testimonies though. Thanks for your review, Mary!

    Judy B

  6. This does sound like an encouraging book. However, I do think that I will pass on this one right now. With the holidays nearing, I need to read happy and fun books that will not have me sad during this time. Thanks Mary for your honest review!

  7. I'm not sure this is a book I would like to spend my free time reading.Thanks for taking time to tell us about it Mary.

  8. My wife may like this book I'm not sure. I will tell her about it and see. Thank you for sharing.

  9. I love a book that is a testimony. You can't be a proper witness unless you know your testimony.

  10. I don't know about this one yet. This one my maybe a ltlle to real for me right now.

  11. This is not really my type of book but my mom will love it. I am going to buy it for her.

  12. Love spiritual testimonies/memoirs, and would love to read this!! Thanks, Mary!!