Monday, March 31, 2014

Open Your Eyes by Jake Olson and McKay Christiansen

A story about a typical teenager who loves hanging out with his friends, playing golf, eating pizza...all that stuff that teen life.  Except...Jake is blind.  He lost one eye very early on as a result of cancer, then doctors were forced to take his other eye when he was 12 to save his life once again.

I think the most poignant part of the book for me was the description of how Jake rode to the hospital the day of surgery with his face pressed against the glass, taking in every single thing he could while he still had his sight.  To think that this would be the last time he would ever see the corner coffee shop, or his middle school, or the tree he used to love to climb, was heartbreaking!

The honesty and transparency of every perspective (Jake, Mom, Dad, McKay) is refreshing.  They never pretended all of their struggles were easy, but their strong faith that God would carry them over every hurdle has helped them to carry on.  And that is beautiful!

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