Monday, September 15, 2014

Book Review - Never Ever Give Up by Erik Rees with Jenna Glatzer

Never Ever Give Up is written by Erik Rees with Jenna Glatzer and is published by Zondervan.

I wanted to read Never Ever Give Up because it is a book about hope, not a gloomy one about a kid with cancer. Yes, it is difficult reading, especially in the first pages, because it's difficult to think that someone so young had to suffer such a wicked disease as cancer is. But somewhere in all of that pain is hope and joy, and that is what Jessie's life has come to be all about.

It's rare today to find someone who hasn't been touched by cancer in some way, whether it be through a family member, close friend, acquaintance, or even a beloved pet. My son does not have cancer, but he does have a rare autoimmune disease that is just as scary. Did you know that cancer is also an autoimmune disease? Needless to say, I can relate, though perhaps on a smaller scale than what the Rees family has had to deal with in the illness and death of their young daughter, Jessie.

Never Ever Give Up was Jessie's motto. She lived it. This girl, in the midst of her own struggle with cancer, never gave up and never stopped thinking of others who were going through the same thing. Rather than just pray or think of them, however, she DID for them by filling and giving her Joy Jars. This book is about her journey and her legacy. It is well written and kept me reading even though I felt mixed emotions that had me wanting to just put it down. I don't like to read about pain, especially when that pain is closely related to that which I have felt and am now feeling. Still, I read on and am glad that I did.

You can read more about Jessie and ways you can get involved in helping others with cancer by visiting the Never Ever Give Up website.

*I received a copy of Never Ever Give Up in exchange for my honest opinion.*

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