Disclaimer: I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. All opinions, however, are 100% my own.
Growing up in my own fishbowl, I really felt like eyes were always on me. What I didn’t think about is that I wasn’t alone. Other PK’s (Preacher’s Kids) were most likely feeling the same things I was. Reading Lost and Found, I got to hear the story of Sarah Jakes, daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes. (If you don’t know, he is a high profile minister and author…one my dad often mentions.)
As a teen mom, Sarah felt shunned by the people who you’d think would love her most. She fell out of her relationship with God and into a tumultuous series of ups and downs with her college flame.
While it was clear throughout the memoir that she wasn’t always tight with the Lord, He was still keeping her in the fold. In her darkest moments, he was there, paving the way for the successful life full of love and good that she has today.
In one night, I read the entire book. It’s likely because I identified with the story. Feeling under a microscope. Being in an abusive relationship. Becoming a single mother. Not realizing that God was there the whole time, and then landing smack dab in His welcoming arms to a life of blessings. He was just waiting for me to make the move, just like he was waiting for Sarah.
It was inspirational to read Sarah’s words and remember that even in our darkest moments, He is there.
If you are interested in reading Sarah’s story, Lost and Found, is available through Bethany House with a suggested retail price of $24.99.
Don’t let your past keep you from a full future.
Like every girl, Sarah Jakes dreamed of a life full of love, laughter, and happy endings. But her dreams changed dramatically when she became pregnant at age thirteen, a reality only compounded by the fact that her father, Bishop T.D. Jakes, was one of the most influential megachurch pastors in the nation. As a teen mom and a high-profile preacher’s kid, her road was lonely. She was shunned at school, gossiped about at church. And a few years later, when a fairy-tale marriage ended in a spiral of hurt and rejection, she could have let her pain dictate her future.
Instead, she found herself surrounded by a God she’d given up on, crashing headlong with Him into a destiny she’d never dreamed of. Sarah’s captivating story, unflinchingly honest and deeply vulnerable, is a vivid reminder that God can turn even the deepest pain into His perfection.
More than a memoir, Lost and Found offers hope and encouragement. Perhaps you, like Sarah, find yourself wandering the detours of life. Regardless of how lost you feel, you, too, can be found.