What a ride this book was.
I selected it from a list of possible titles for the month because the synopsis looked like I’d be able to relate on a few levels to the author, Mo Isom. I’m thinking specifically of the terrible car accident she experienced, but I figured if I could relate to even one part of someone’s story on a deep level, it would be a good autobiography to read.
What I did not expect was how this book would wreck me. Mo Isom described that car accident in such detail that I put the book down and didn’t pick it back up for almost two weeks.
Her struggle with her quest for control of her life and using food to get there, though to a much deeper extent than mine, resonated hard with me, and I put the book down again.
To be perfectly honest, I nearly didn’t finish the book. It was such a roller coaster of emotions for me, in a way that no book has ever wrung me before, that I just didn’t want to deal with it. It felt too overwhelming.
But I persevered, and I’m glad that I did. The tagline to the title of the book is ‘Journeying from Broken to Bold,’ and so I should have known that the latter half of the book would be full of encouragement for how turning toward God and letting Him have control, letting him work in and through her circumstances would bring about an outcome positive enough to write about. The back cover explains “Mo reminds us that the brokenness is actually the very place God meets us the most, and the place where we can find Jesus like never before.”
I couldn’t agree more.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever struggled behind closed doors with anything, whether you can relate to her circumstances specifically or not. It’s worth the read right to the very last page, as I found the last chapters so deeply encouraging.
I find that I’m filled with empathy for Mo’s story, and yet I’m so glad that she’s been able to find the good so that she could share that with so many people in ways she’d never have seen coming while she was planning her own life.
Book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.