Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Well: Healing Our Beautiful, Broken World from a Hospital in West Africa by Sarah Thebarge

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Sarah Thebarge, a Yale-trained physician assistant, nearly died of breast cancer at age twenty-seven, but that did not end her deeply felt spiritual calling to medical missions in Africa. Risking her own health, she moved to Togo, West Africa-ranked by the United Nations as the least happy country in the world-to care for sick and suffering patients.
Serving without pay in a mission hospital, she pondered the intersection of faith and medicine in her quest to help make the world "well."

In the hospital wards, she witnessed death over and over again. In the outpatient clinic, she daily diagnosed patients with deadly diseases, many of which had simple but unavailable cures. She lived in austere conditions and nearly succumbed herself in a harrowing bout with malaria.

She describes her experiences in gripping detail and reflects courageously about difficult and deep human connections-across race, culture, material circumstances, and medical access.

Her experience exemplifies the triumph of surviving in order to share the stories that often go untold. In the end, WELL is an invitation to ask what happens when, instead of asking why God allows suffering to happen in the world, we ask, "Why do we?"

"Well" is a book that will have you in tears and unable to put it down. It is one of the most, moving powerful reads of 2017! Courageous, vulnerable and daring, Sarah took me from my comfort zone and made me realize the heartbeat of Jesus again. So often in the Western culture, we find ourselves being stuck in a consumerism mindset where everything is about "me or seeing what is best to move us forward," but Sarah challenges the reader to look at life in a different way, to look at people with compassion and to serve people well. 
Sarah is such a beautiful writer and instantly her story telling will captivate your soul. She is an engaging writer and you will wrestle with the content, but amidst the hard, you will the grace and see beauty for ashes. This book will get you to see the heartbeat of Jesus and have compassion on people like never before. I love that she begs the question we all ask ourselves during the mist of trauma, confusion or terror, "Why does God allow suffering?", but "Do we?" I cannot say enough good things about this book! I really enjoyed this book, despite the emotional journey it took me on. I have several pages ear marked and I was just broken over this book. I am still thinking of Sarah and this book days later. I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required. Thank you to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy. 

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