Saturday, February 15, 2014
I Will Praise You in This Storm by Danny Deaube
Given the most recent "storm" we are in, I Will Praise You in the Storm was a very timely book for me to read. I found myself really identifying with the author, Danny Deaube. He is the father of two children who had rare liver diseases, and this book is all about his experience with raising two medically fragile children.
It speaks a bit of the frustration and stress that is a part of the daily life a special needs family, but most of the book is a recount of the medical experiences and surgeries his children had. Both children underwent liver transplants at young ages, and while Deaube's son survived the transplant and lived to be in his thirties, his daughter died from complications.
As I said, I really could relate to a lot of what the author said. Like him, we live a life full of hospitals and doctors, while trying to keep our daily routines as normal as possible. But what I feel was lacking in the book was the raw emotion that comes along with watching his children suffer and ultimately succumb to their disease. Writers who honestly share their heart, including frustrations and grief, validate the feelings of their readers who may be in a similar situation. I missed that in this book. A reader could mistake the lack of emotion for a lack of longing for the two children he lost. While I certainly don't believe that to be true, I feel that including more of the rawness (that I'm sure the author felt) would have only strengthened the book's message. That being said, it was a good read...especially for someone who could relate to the medical terminology and "that" life.
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