From Depths We Rise: A Journey of Beauty from AshesSarah Rodriguez
Sarah Rodriguez experienced more loss and heartache in a short period of time than most people will endure in a lifetime. Infertility. Miscarriage. Her husband Joel’s cancer diagnosis (not once, but twice). Her husband’s death. Her two-week-old baby girl in a fight for h... Read More
From Depths We Rise is a miraculous story of hope and overcoming. Sarah's is a journey of beauty from ashes, of marching toward purpose out of the pain. Her awe-inspiring story will encourage you to grasp tightly to your faith and to rise above even the most daunting of circumstances.
Release Date: 10/2016
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Oct 4, 2016
- UPC: 9781634098625
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 256
- Publish Date: Oct 1, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 100
- Audience Age Minimum: 18
- Audience Gender: Gender Neutral
- BISAC: "REL012040"
- ISBN: 1634098625
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- Jehovah is God! by Jeanie on 10/14/2016
What’s in a name? This book is about a man of faith named Joel and his baby girl Ellis; both of their names mean ‘Jehovah is God’. Joel’s hope was that as a result of every crisis, others would come to believe in Jehovah. It is also about Joel’s wife Sarah, mother to Ellis as well as their son Milo. Sarah and Joel Rodriguez believed that the Lord’s hand was on their family; they never imagined how many and how severe trials could be in their lives. Sarah is a young woman whose life after she married Joel Rodriguez became a roller-coaster ride, from despair to joy, from joy to mourning, from mourning to beauty. She could only have endured through close communion with her Savior and the support of family and close friends. This book may be appreciated by those who are going through severe trials as they may find encouragement. It can also be appreciated by those whose loved ones are going through trials as they may find a way to encourage them. The Lord showed Sarah how to see beauty each time she rose through the ashes of intense pain which speaks volumes for her choice of tenacious faith.
Sarah met the love of her life, Joel Rodriguez, in NYC in 2004, and they were married just over a year later. They were both Christians and had similar hopes as they grew their marriage. This included their desire for children; the natural step they saw toward that goal was to move to Sarah’s home state of Oklahoma. Pregnancy was not something easily obtained by the couple, however, and after various tests, surgery, and medications, they agreed to submit to in vitro fertilization. Before they could begin the IVF process they learned that Joel had cancer, a football-size tumor that engulfed one of his kidneys. Prior to his treatments and surgery, they began IVF procedures so she could have healthy embryos implanted at a better time.
Each step along the way, God was preparing them for the next crisis. They endured what many couldn’t by doing the next right thing, even when their cries were interspersed with screaming, weeping, and asking “why”. After Joel’s first surgery, “it caused us to cling to the Lord like never before…He was Father, He was friend, He was grace, He was strength. He was all we needed” (pg. 44) Sarah also shares a tiny bit of hope; “even as little faith as I had left, I still had that tiny mustard seed of belief He could do the impossible.” (pg. 231)
The author speaks from her heart with raw vulnerability and authenticity. She doesn’t sugarcoat the challenges in their lives, nor does she seek pity. She has determined to tell their story, Joel’s story “to touch millions and for nations to be changed by the story of this man…We will continue to proclaim your story until all will see and truly know ‘how great is our God’” (pg. 114, 115).
This very well-written story of the Rodriguez family will inspire and encourage readers, although one might keep a box of tissues nearby. I highly recommend ‘From Depths We Rise’ to readers and church libraries. Whatever one is going through, this book will ultimately bring hope in the God who brings us beauty from the ashes of our lives.
With a grateful heart, I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing; as a courtesy, I am posting my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received.