Made Well

made-wellAuthor: Jenny Simmons

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

Release Date: October 4, 2016

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

When life seems too much, we need to stop and remember that God is ready to Make us Well if we are willing to ask and receive.

We all go through struggles in life, from fighting cancer to losing a loved one and even battling depression. Life is hard and we long for healing.  When Jesus walked the earth he asked, “Do you want to be made well?”  This was an invitation from him beyond just physical healing, it went deep down to the soul of man.  It is hard to wrap our minds around the fact that this invitation is still valid today.  Jenny Simmons is a singer/songwriter who offers help to those of us struggling on the journey toward wholeness.  With personal insight into emotional pain, she invites readers to encounter a God who is working to bring healing. Made Well is a tale of inspiration with humor mixed in for good measure that shows compassion in the midst of a messy life.

One of the benefits of Jenny Simmons being a songwriter is she has a way with words. She puts that to good use in her latest book, Made Well.  Life really is hard sometimes.  It can push even the strongest to their breaking point and it can be easy to forget that Jesus is there for us even when we don’t realize it.  He has the invitation open for us to be Made Well, we just have to be willing to ask and accept.  A few sections really stood out to me and resonated as what I needed to hear.  Living with Limps was a chapter that I think everyone needs to read, even if they don’t read the whole book, this one chapter needs to be read.  There are stories shared throughout, some deep down personal from Jenny herself and some from others she has encountered along the way that will make the reading resonate with readers.

I sometimes have a hard time reading non-fiction. For the most part it bores me.  I haven’t been able to say that about either of the books Jenny Simmons has written.  She writes with such raw honesty that you feel more as if you are sitting and chatting with a friend.  It is a breath of fresh air to read about someone having gone through such hardships and struggles and find a way to come out the other side.  Her faith played a large part in being able to overcome these hardships, and tacos.  I highly recommend this book to anyone going through a troubling time, or having had experienced the toughness that is life.  And let’s be honest, that is all of us.

I receive a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest and thorough review.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

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