At the age of 38, Sasha Davis’s fairy tale life as a famous professional ballerina ends with a serious injury during a performance. Her glamorous, exciting, whirlwind life is gone and she finds herself living in her recently deceased mother’s home, overwhelmed with memories of both losses. She withdraws from life and isolates herself from everyone and everything. Due to her condition, she reluctantly hires a temporary care giver to live with her. Unbeknownst to her, her new employee, 19 year old Evelyn Burke is her exact opposite in every way. Evelyn is as outgoing as Sasha is withdrawn, as happy as Sasha is unhappy, and as hefty as Sasha is fragile.
Evelyn quickly realizes that the job isn’t what she thought she signed up for. Sasha not only needs physical healing but healing of the heart too. The story unfolds as Evelyn full of forgiveness and patience works to help Sasha rebuild her body and spirit.
I loved Evelyn’s living example of Proverbs 15:1, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” She brought to mind all the unhappy people we come in contact with that lash out. We are often frustrated and offended at their responses, but we need to consider the battles they are fighting that we cannot see. God may want to work through us to help them.
As I read I saw God working in each woman’s life through difficulties, that they saw only as problems and hindrances. I was reminded of the times I have failed to see complications in my only life as His hand at work.
Evelyn was such an example of Christ’s love. While these women had nothing in common, Evelyn’s strong faith and sincerity not only drew Sasha out of her shell but back to her relationship with God. As their friendship blossomed they faced heart breaks and unexpected setbacks together. Each woman truly found their way home.
Not only was this a very enjoyable book, but I took away a renewed sense of the power of love in the face of self-pity and bitterness. The story had so many beautiful illustrations of making God’s Word a living example in your life.
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