2017, 256p, Inspirational Non-Fiction
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way
Whether making life-changing choices or considering seemingly small day-to-day decisions, to choose oftentimes means to take a step into the unknown.
In The Decision That Changed My Life, author Ganel-Lyn Condie explores some of the life-altering choices made by sixteen notable and everyday Latter-day Saints and the chain of events that followed those decisions that affected other people’s lives. From the broad impact of Janice Kapp Perry’s course-changing decision to pursue music to the significance of Chris Carter’s converting to the gospel as a young boy, each story demonstrates the potential ripple effects of our decisions. While following the promptings of the Spirit without a full understanding of the outcome requires great faith, sometimes making that one decision has the power to change our lives—and the world.
Among others, these stories include:
T.C. Christensen—his decision concerning The Cokeville Miracle; Susan Easton Black—her decision to marry George Durrant; Ed and Patricia Pinegar—their decision to start planning, prioritizing, and changing their lives; Brad Wilcox—his reflection on his children’s changes in the mission field; Ty Mansfield—his decision concerning same-sex attraction
I loved this book! It's filled with stories of people in various circumstances and how their life-changing decisions have affected their lives. There are also ripple effect stories which show how that decision affected others.
I loved the movie The Cokeville Miracle so one of my favorite stories was about T.C. Christensen. His decision to go forward with that film made a deep impact on one of the survivors. She had some tough decisions to make and her story is inspiring. I also love Janice Kapp Perry's story! I heard her speak several years ago and was surprised to learn the backstory that started her songwriting career. She is an engaging storyteller so her story was fun to read and I'm sure there are multiple ripple effects from her decision to pursue music.
This is the kind of book that you can pick up and read one of the stories in a short amount of time. Quite a few of them got me thinking about how I would react in certain situations. Some of these stories are heartbreaking and personal. I loved that each story ended on a positive note and felt the overall message of faith, hope and healing. These are stories I will read over and over so I highly recommend this book to everyone!
Ganel-Lyn Condie knows anything is possible with God. She never dreamed of writing when she graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in elementary education and psychology, yet she has become an award-winning journalist, was editor of Wasatch Woman magazine, and has now written three books. She has interviewed well-known public figures, including Cokie Roberts and Richard Paul Evans, and has a talent for sharing other people's stories. She loves being a wife and mother and will always be grateful for her family. They and her faith helped her heal from a chronic illness and years of chemotherapy treatments. They've truly been instruments in the Lord's hands in many other ways. Because of her experiences, Ganel-Lyn has a passion for creating balance and spirituality in life and at home. She has discovered the joy of sharing experiences with others through her newspaper column, consulting, public speaking, and her websites www.icanwithgod.com and ganellyn.com.
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