Miracle for Jen (review and giveaway)

Renee Ann Smith —  April 12, 2012 — 43 Comments

UPDATE: A winner has been emailed!

The Bible says that the Holy Spirit living inside a Christian is like a treasure hiding in an earthen vessel. What happens when the fragile vessel housing that precious treasure cracks and breaks? The brokenness provides an even greater opportunity for God’s Spirit to shine.

Just so, my friend’s mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, could not remember her own name but somehow knew every word of her favorite hymns and Bible verses. Or my learning-disabled student, who could barely retain enough information to pass a class, was able to memorize Bible verses and understand biblical concepts. Or take the example of Jen Barrick.

Jen Barrick

What is Jen’s story? On the night of November 5, 2006, the Barrick family was driving home from church when their van was struck by a drunk driver. Fifteen-year-old Jen suffered multiple skull fractures and severe brain trauma and was not expected to survive the night. But against all odds, she did. As she lingered in a coma, doctors warned that if Jen ever woke up, she would be cursing and screaming in confusion due to her brain injuries.

The doctors told her mother, Linda, “Brain injury patients are agitated, confused, and in pain. Often reviving patients are violent, lashing out with arms and legs, fighting and swearing, using words you couldn’t imagine the person even knew.”

But that’s not how it happened for Jen.

Instead, she woke at 3 a.m., praying.

Though Jen could not communicate with her family beyond a few slurred words, she remembered whole portions of the Bible and every praise song she’d ever learned—and spoke them clearly.

Linda writes, “While her battered body lay in a hospital room in Virginia, her spirit stood in the throne room of the Almighty.”

Those who heard Jen’s first middle-of-the-night prayers thought God was going to take Jen to heaven right then. But Jen’s prayer gave Linda hope. “Whatever happened from now on, I [Linda] knew that Jen was the Lord’s and He had blessings to shower upon her along with great work to do in His name.”

Miracle for Jen chronicles Jen’s journey through brokenness. Though she lost much, she gained a connection with God that few have while here on earth and a powerful ministry. Jen’s story renewed my appreciation for God’s gift of life and reminded me why I can trust Him with all that I am. It would be difficult to read this book and not be changed. Here are two ways to get your hands on a copy . . .

(1) Enter this drawing. Leave a comment on this post to be entered to win a coupon for a free copy of the book. For bonus, you can “like” my new Facebook page here and then let me know in the comment you leave. The drawing will remain open until next Wednesday, April 18. (2) Follow this link to purchase the book.

***Thanks to Tyndale House for sending Miracle for Jen for me to review.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

43 responses to Miracle for Jen (review and giveaway)

  1. I would love to win a copy of this book, Miracle for Jen. This book from the sounds of it is a must read. For those who think that miracles don’t happen in today’s world, this book will show them how wrong they are. To wake up from a tragic accident praying just sends goose bumps down my arms. I can already feel that I will be crying throughout the reading of this book.

    Thanks for this giveaway. I “Liked” you on FB.

  2. The book looks amazing and I will read it anyway, but having a chance to win a copy is excellent. Thanks for the opportunity!

  3. This sounds like such an amazing story! I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance! I’ve liked your FB page for awhile now 🙂 (That’s how I found out about this great giveaway) 🙂

  4. I love reading stories like this. Miracles do happen. I’ve already liked your FB page. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. This story is so real to me, as I was attending the same church as the Barricks at the time of the accident. It’s so neat that you are able to review this book! Please do NOT enter me in the drawing as I already have this book. Just thought that this was so cool that you are giving away a book that was written so close to home and affected our entire community.

  6. I love reading these types of books. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Sounds like an amazing story! I’d love to be considered for the giveaway. i’ve also liked th FB page. Blessings!

  8. Love God’s miracles…will definitely read.

  9. I would love to read more about this wonderful transformation and share it with my readers.

  10. I would love to read more about this woman’s story and share it with my readers.

  11. What a great story, we all need to read about positive things and to know Gods hands are upon us each and everyday, it is we that leave him-not HE us. I know I will be reading this story but would appreciate opportunity to win.
    thanks for sharing
    I am already a fan on FB
    Paula O(kyflo130 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

  12. Wow, this sounds like an amazing book. I definetly want to be sure to read it.

  13. What a wonderful testamony of love and faith for the Lord! I will put this on my list to read, but thought I would leave a message too. God bless Jen and her family for sharing her story! 🙂

  14. Oh, yes, I did like the FaceBook page! Thank you!

  15. Wow…what a blessing this book sounds like! Amazing what God can do! Please put my name in the drawing 🙂

  16. i would love to win this book. thank you and God Bless You. my email is houswife [at] gmail [dot] com

  17. sounds like a good book thanks for the chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  18. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win a copy. It sounds like an amazing story.

  19. Thanks for the chance to win a great book! It sounds like a special story.

  20. Her story sound like truly a miracle! Thanks for letting us have a chance to read it too!

  21. Thank You for the chance to win!
    I would love to win a copy, it’s sounds like an awesome book about an amazing miracle.

    Thank You And Have A Blessed Day,

  22. Wow. So much inspiration captured between a front and back cover–sign me up for a chance to win. I always need daily reminders of how much God loves us all & helps us even when we don’t realize it.

  23. I’d love to win this book too. What an incredible story. I shared the post on Facebook too.

  24. This book sounds like something I would love to read.

  25. Heather Murphy April 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    This sounds like my kind of book! I liked your Facebook page too!

  26. This book sounds amazing! I’ll definately have to add to my list.


  27. This sounds like a “must read” and I will be buying it if I don’t win a copy. Jen sounds like an amazing young woman.

  28. Denise Gallant April 14, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Sounds like an excellent book. Look forward to reading it!

  29. I would love to win this book. I liked you on facebook as well. 🙂

  30. Thanks for your response, ladies! I’m glad to “meet” old friends and new here. Blessings!

  31. I’d love to win a copy of this must read book 🙂

  32. What a beautiful testimony to read and thanks for the chance to win!

    bamagv at aol dot com

  33. I would love to win this book, as my neighbor survived being hit by a truck, while crossing in a crosswalk! Truly inspiring, it might even help her share her testimony!

  34. I also liked your new FB page!

  35. May the Lord continue to bless the life of Jen!!!

  36. I’ve been wanting to read this book – would love to win a copy of it!

    I liked your FB page, and I also look forward to reading more of your blog. 🙂


  37. This looks like a very interesting book, that I’m sure I’d enjoy reading!

  38. I just liked your Facebook page!

  39. I’m glad you all joined in the giveaway fun. There’s still time for a few more folks to comment today, and then we’ll find out the winner tomorrow!

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