Title: Where I End
Author: Katherine Clark
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Description from Goodreads: ““Those who are hidden in Jesus, though they suffer, will discover a more beautiful ending—or should I say beginning—than they ever could imagine.”
Katherine Clark was just an average wife and mother with two young children when she was in a tragic playground accident in late May 2009. A little boy playing on the jungle gym fell and landed on Kate’s head, knocking her over and snapping her neck. Kate was paralyzed from the neck down. The doctors diagnosed her quadriplegic and said she would never walk again.
This terrifying prognosis could have been the end of the story. But instead, God chose to work a profound miracle in Kate’s life and in the life of her family.
Where I End tells the incredible story. Kate describes how God’s presence carried her through the trying journey of re-learning to walk, both physically and spiritually. Throughout, she shares the deep theological truths that sustained her as she and her family traveled this difficult road.
For fans of Ann Voskamp, Sheldon Vanauken, and Joni Eareckson Tada, Where I End offers hope, encouragement, and a timely reminder of who Jesus is: God with us. In a reflective, literary style, Kate invites readers to see pain and suffering within the context of God’s loving, tender, powerful care—and there find hope.”
Review: This book was really powerful and inspiring. The story of Kate’s accident and injury drew me in right away and I knew this would be a book I would finish quickly. Not just because it is actually a really short book, but because it is so out of the ordinary. I cannot imagine an innocent day playing with children on the playground turning into an absolute catastrophe but in Kate’s case, that is exactly what happened. She could have let that keep her down. She could have believed the doctors when they said that she would never be able to get out of bed. She could have let the pain and sorrow rule her life, but she didn’t do any of these things. Instead she prayed and put all her faith in God. What a wonderful show of faith that was.
This book is not just about her accident and rehabilitation, however. She describes what happened with her family and what they went through also. Her husband and children were greatly affected by the accident and she shares some very powerful memories of these instances. There are also a lot of inspirational stories from others scattered throughout and she used popular quotes from books and movies to relate parts of her story to the reader.
I really enjoyed this book and was incredibly inspired by Kate and her family’s strength and faith. My faith was grown after reading this and I have a feeling, yours will too. It would be very difficult for it not to be effected by this wonderful story and show of God’s strength and mercy.
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*