Book Spotlight: "He's Making Diamonds" by S. G. Willoughby!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

I recently received an ARC copy of He's Making Diamonds, a wonderful and inspirational book written by S.G. Willoughby.  This book details her journey through illness as a teen and how God remains with us even in the most awful circumstances.  You can see my full Goodreads review HERE
This book was a very refreshing read.  Her resilience and ability to take a very difficult situation and turn it into praise for God is astounding and inspiring.  It's extremely easy to fall into the trap of questioning God when trouble arises in life, especially with chronic illness, but she explains in this artfully-written book exactly why we should run to God instead of giving Him the cold shoulder when such situations arise.

I couldn't put this book down and read it in about two hours, and I commend her for finding the courage and strength to be so strong in the midst of her storm. 
He's Making Diamonds is a testament; an assurance that we are never alone even if we feel like we've been lost in the waves of trials.  Chronic illness is one of the most difficult things to work with, and it affects so many lives.  A ripple affect, if you will.  This book covers all aspects of the beast, from those who suffer to those who care for them, and how relationships may be altered because of it.  This is a very intricate problem and she addresses this flawlessly and in a perspective that makes a good deal of sense. 

The book's synopsis is as follows:

"Are you a teenager trying to navigate faith through chronic illness?  I'm here to tell you, you are not alone.  

When sickness takes over your life, it's a never-ending battle to make it through each day.  How do you cope?  How do you keep fighting?  Most of all, though, how do you find God in the midst of the suffering?

Through my own journey of sickness, I've struggled with the same questions -- questions we all think but are afraid to ask.  My name is Sara, and I've been sick with Lyme disease and more since I was fourteen.  

Those questions you're afraid to ask? I've asked them too -- as have many others.

This book addresses topics and questions such as: 
  • Why is there sickness?  
  • Where is God in sickness?
  • Resting in the storm
  • How to deal with the way chronic illness changes you 
  • Joy and despair
  • Hope
  • Praying through chronic illness
  • Relationships in the midst of chronic illness
  • And more!  
The journey of illness is not an easy one, but hope remains.  God hasn't left us.  He hasn't forgotten us.  On the contrary, He's making diamonds out of us. "

Now, a cool fact?  If you've been thinking about the song Diamonds since reading that title....Jon Steingard, the frontman for Hawk Nelson, wrote an incredibly powerful foreword for He's Making Diamonds!  

Again, this book was incredibly powerful.  I highly recommend it for anyone who deals with chronic illness personally or anyone whose family member(s) or friend(s) have a chronic illness, disability, or any kind of health struggle.  
About the Author: 

S. G. Willoughby is a seventeen-year-old with Lyme disease, toxic mold poisoning, and MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity).  Currently, she resides in Arizona with her parents and two siblings.  In her spare time she loves to write, read, and have adventures.  

Now -- if you're interested in reading this book and supporting this lovely author, make sure to attend her Instagram party on July 24th at 2 PM (PST).  She'll be hosting an author Q & A and you can enter to win a signed paperback of He's Making Diamonds!

If you can't make it to her Instagram party, make sure to pre-order He's Making Diamonds from Amazon by July 23rd.  If you do so, you can sign up HERE to receive a free video series with bonus content that was not included in the book! 

Click HERE to purchase He's Making Diamonds -- available in print or Kindle! 
Click HERE to add it on Goodreads; make sure to leave a review once you're done!
Feel free to check out the fantastic book trailer HERE and don't forget to follow S. G. Willoughby on Twitter, Instagram, and her website

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