Blessings come in many different forms. For me, a blessing came in the form of an email from my good friend and sister in Christ, Lori Laws. Lori wrote a book entitled, A Blessing in the Storm…Muscular Dystrophy Messed Up My Life and Made me Whole Volume 1 and asked me to read it and write a review. I was truly honored. Now, she has graciously asked me to write a review on her new book entitled, A Blessing in the Storm Volume 2. What an honor! My friends, here is a review not written from my head, but from my heart. Lori Laws has Muscular Dystrophy. To read the beginning of her story you must read, “A Blessing in the Storm Volume 1. There are days when her body is so racked with pain that it hurts her just to move. She not only suffers physical pain she also goes through emotional pain. She says,
I don’t really understand why my body is broken. Physically speaking, everything is an obstacle course for me. Although the physical pain is there, it pales in comparison to the emotional pain I feel.”
We take for granted that we can walk, run, get out of bed, cook, clean etc. For Lori, when her body is in pain this is hard, if not impossible for her. Yet, she finds strength in the ONE who created her. GOD. It is her faith in God which gets her through each and every day. God has a plan and a purpose for Lori. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” “A Blessing in the Storm Volume 2″ tells of the emotional roller coaster that she rides daily.
God has plans for Lori’s life and they are evident. When you read her blog, Persevere, her books, “A Blessing in the Storm Volumes 1 and 2″”, and by listening to her, you know that God has a plan for Lori and she is following that plan. She is a living, breathing testimony of how a woman who has Muscular Dystrophy can live and enjoy life through the strength, grace and power of Almighty God. Yes, I am sure she has days in which she gets depressed, has doubts and does not want to continue on. I know the devil constantly tries his best to get Lori off the path God has for her, yet she continues to persevere through it all. She knows that God’s grace is more than enough to see her through.
Her book is full of encouragement. It is full of hope. It is full of love. Lori has graciously and lovingly shared her deepest most intimate details and pains of her life for all to read. She has bared her soul to us. Lori knows where her help comes from. She knows that she has to continually, “lift her eyes to the mountains from where her help comes. Her help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1,2.
Read “A Blessing in the Storm” and find hope, strength, peace and encouragement. She quotes an abundance of scripture throughout her book. She knows there is power in God’s Word. Lori knows when you speak God’s Word out loud, the angels hear your words and move into action.
Let me say this in closing, Lori is not only my friend, she is an inspiration to me. When I read her books, I not only fall in love with her passion for life, her strength and her faith, I fall in love with Jesus all over again. These two books have touched my heart in such a way that I know without a doubt Lori Laws will indeed lead many lost and hurting souls to Christ. When all is said and done, Lori will indeed say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”. 2 Timothy 4:7
To purchase Lori’s books, “A Blessing in the Storm Vol. 1 and 2 please click this link: Smashwords.com
(excerpts taken from Laws, Lori. “A Blessing in the Storm Volume 2″, February 18, 2011. Smashword Publishing.)
(reviewed the day of purchase)