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5.0 out of 5 starsGod is Exactly Who He Says He Is...
Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2018
I read this book in a 48 hour period and cried my way through most of it. The words in this book were so close to my heart because they were so closely aligned with and spoke the truth of my own best friend’s drowning and resurrection. I hesitated to write this review because this felt so deeply personal. But if you’re reading this and still doubting, Joyce Smith is correct. God is exactly who He says He is and fully capable of doing what He says He can do. Amen.
5.0 out of 5 starsWonderfully Written Autobiography that Brings Hope and Happiness
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2017
I'm a big fan of autobiographies and taking a step into another person's shoes to get a glimpse of their life experiences. This book was written in a way that I felt like I was a fly on the wall throughout the whole ordeal. From cheering along at a basketball game and white-knuckling it during a car ride to laying down the law with the doctors and seeing John wake up after the accident... I was right along with Joyce page after page.
I followed every twist and turn of this miraculous journey with a full range of emotions. I shed tears, burst out with laughter and more importantly was left with a sense of hope and happiness. I'm thankful they shared this story, which I know will renew/bring faith to those in need during the troubled times we live in.
5.0 out of 5 starsWorth every penny and every minute!
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2017
You won't be able to put this book down once you start reading. You get an inside look at all of the emotions of a mom who knows and loves both her God and her son and knows what both are capable of as in desperation and in faith she calls out to God and He responds by performing miracle after miracle for her son, bringing him back from the dead and fully restoring him. This story will bring the miracles of the Bible to life like you've never experienced before. God is still doing what He did back then.
5.0 out of 5 starsYou will be forever changed after reading this book !
Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2018
All of the cliche’ words don’t even come close to describing this book—“amazing” “heart-pounding “ “miraculous “. I was moved at each and every step. I was shaken, stirred and moved beyond anything I could describe. The author nailed the true essence of the story. This shows you what the combination of a mother’s love and unshakable faith can do !!! Joyce happens to be a personal friend —she’s the real deal. She’s not about selling books, she has an amazing story to tell and is eager to share her limitless God. There are no boundaries! Anything can and will happen if you allow yourself to believe —she proves that . Read the book and next year, go see the movie!
An incredible read about the power of prayer faith and love during a tragic event. Truly, a remarkable story. As a former ER nurse, I have witnessed amazing recovery but, never anything like Johns amazing healing. I highly recommend this to all my friends and family. A great reminder of the power that only a sovereign God can bestow when we believe in Him.
This book should be read by anyone and everyone who has ever prayed to God or considered talking to Him. Prayer brings us into a closer relationship with God. For anyone who needs encouragement to trust God's plan for each one of us, the story of John, a teenaged boy who drowned and died, yet came back into life, is validating and inspiring. The cold hard medical facts are fully explained, and nothing is candy-coated or stretched to create a truth. John's death is documented, but the prayers of his mother, the family, community, and countless others who learned about the incident under the ice, met need after need. Joyce Smith, John's mother, firmly and solidly proclaimed that God would intervene not just on that day of trauma, but into the full recovery of this miracle boy. Joyce chose to claim God's promises absolutely. Even if we do not realize the answer we want, God does answer and we come to sense that He is just and loving. Prayer changes our perspective even in unchanging circumstances. It is a blessing to read this full account of how prayer saved John and served to open the hearts of so many persons directly involved and beyond that community. The facts in Breakthrough are inspiring in light of God covering them with His mercy and grace!
An amazing story written by an awesome author. I was intrigued when I heard of the story but now to have it come alive, as if I were there living it out, on the pages of the book. This book brings about an everlasting hope that reminds us that nothing is impossible with God and the power of prayer is alive and true. This a must read book!
5.0 out of 5 starsGod is still doing miracles today!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 20, 2019
A most powerful book of a mother's faith in the only God that is alive and hears our prayers. It was written to encourage those who find themselves in impossible circumstances, but if we sincerely seek Gods face and trust Him, then He can intervene and turn the impossible into possible!!!
This book is an inspiration to whoever reads it. It proves the Almighty God is alive, God can and will continue to reign and provide miracles that will confuse the highest educated Physicians. The story is very well written and I'm so looking forward to seeing the movie when its released!!!