Beautiful Review about "Damaged Goods" from Mary Bryant
Normally I am a voracious reader once the book has captured my attention and my focus. I remember being given all the books to the “Left Behind” series by LaHaye and Jenkins. Once I started reading I didn’t stop until I had read all 16 books.
With Charlotte’s book, Damaged Goods, I had already anticipated the journey I would be taken on before I started reading it. Somehow it had grabbed my attention before having the book in my possession. So as I waited the arrival of Charlotte’s book, my anticipation was getting the best of me.
Finally, it arrived via mail. And as I opened the package, my eyes danced around the cover and its visual meaning. I began to slow down a bit because I didn’t want to get through it to quickly. I wanted to secure and encounter each expression, each memory, each struggle, and each challenge. I wanted to experience Charlotte’s journey with uninterrupted reading.
As I began to read, her words about “the journey” turned on the television in my mind. My imagination began to bring those words to life so vividly. As she described day she got the phone call from the hospital concerning Marcus to the description of her mother in her last hours, it was though I was watching television.
As these words took on life, I laughed, cried, pondered and even became angry. I even could share the smile with her as she looked at her mom lying there and said “That is exactly how she would want to look when she died.” How she threw herself on the bed crying out to God took me to a place in my past and present. My heart cried out with her. Most fascinating and encouraging to me was seeing God in the midst of this journey. As Charlotte share her thoughts and perception of God, I couldn’t help but fall more and more in love with Him.
It’s amazing how He pursues us even as the “storm” rages in our lives. I read once that “God gives us the freedom to struggle, to fail, to suffer disappointment and tragedy, but He never leaves us alone. Rather, He gives us courage, strength, encouragement, and hope.” -Even when we “hate” Him and can’t get Him to “obey” us.
Charlotte’s honest and candid reflections of her journey will no doubt recall or ever stir up memories for others to become aligned with God’s purpose for their lives so they to can know they are “fearfully and wonderfully made”.
Thanks Charlotte for the journey. Thanks for the encouragement. Thanks for putting yourself out there to help others who consider themselves “Damaged Goods”. And remember the value of gold is not known until it has been tested by fire. And the beauty and uniqueness of clay is not seen until it has been on the “potter’s wheel”. Continue to allow God to transform you while you continue to grow in grace. “God applies special tests to those for whom He has special purpose.” ———-Mary J. Bryant