We read this book for book club. It was my month to host, and I, frankly, don’t read a lot but this was something that really interested me. I was overwhelmed with gratitude on the day that Elizabeth was found. I just felt like God had watched out for her.
Indeed he did.
But in the process she had a lot of horrible things happen to her.
I’d like to focus on one part of the story where Elizabeth is SO thirsty (they lived far from water and her captors sometimes wouldn’t go get it), the camp is completely without water and they are all just miserable. She’s checked all the jugs and all the area… no water.
She wakes up in the night to find a freezing cold cup of water laying by her bed. Both of the captors are asleep and they NEVER would have done this, plus it’s cold and in a cup she’s never seen. When I was reading this book I had just finished reading Hunger Games and it really felt like she had a “sponsor” — a true miracle to sustain her. So, in the days that she was being raped and her mind being filled with horrible thing, God saw fit to quench her thirst.
Later in the book she’s dying and she is to the point she thinks she will die and then it starts to rain.
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It’s interesting to compare to the two miracles. It’s interesting to maybe see how God saw Elizabeth needed an obvious miracle with the cup, and her faith was so strong, she got a rainstorm the second time.
God lets horrible things happen to good, innocent people. Elizabeth explains that in a really eloquent way in this book and I really liked it. I mostly liked the very important role that her mom played in her life. I think it makes me want to try a little harder to be a little better.
In the end her mom tells her she can either let her captors have the rest of her life, or if she’s going to just let them have the 9 months they took and move on.
And that seemed to allow a change in Elizabeth. She has taken the rest of her life.
Did you read the book? A few things I thought…
1. She hardly mentions her dad. I mean, almost to a weird way. It just seemed REALLY odd.
2. I wanted more about her return home and how it was to adjust to regular life. Like 95% of the book happens before she’s home. I REALLY wanted more.
Anyway, I liked it. Have you read it? What did you think?
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