Thursday, February 28, 2013

CHD Month Ends with a Book Review...

Before My Heart Stops is the memoir of Paul Cardall, a Congenital Heart Disease survivor.  As a husband, father and talented musician, Paul shared his deepest thoughts on his blog while waiting for a heart transplant.  Many of us in the CHD community hung on every post, amazed by Paul's faith and fearful as his health obviously declined.  The good news is...Paul received the ultimate gift of a new heart and recovered quickly. He began living, really living, almost immediately.    He had lived more than 30 years with a heart similar to my oldest son's, who only managed to survive 9 weeks.  Now he has energy and strength.  What a testimony of faith!  And even though I have never met Paul, it was such a blessing to watch.

Not long after his transplant, Paul compiled his memoir, including much of the inspiring content from that blog.  The result is the book I just finished reading.  It is beautiful.  It is a front row seat of heart-wrenching, scary, sad, maddening, joyous, and faith-filled experiences as Paul and his family waited.  It was as much a blessing to read now as it was to witness on his blog in 2009.

Thanks to Deseret Book for supplying a free copy of this book for my review.  If you'd like to read it, you can get it today at a greatly reduced price.  Today only.... $5.99 for a beautiful hardcover memoir.

This was a wonderful way to end CHD awareness month, don't you think?

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