Breakthrough: The Miraculous True Story of a Mother's

Breakthrough: The Miraculous True Story of a Mother's Faith and Her Child's Resurrection What an amazing story of life after death This mom s faith in God is inspiring, never once did she doubt that God would heal her son Such incredible faith Joyce had when others told her that her son would not survive. I believe in a God who can do miracles Holy Spirit, I need You right now to come and breathe life back into my son Joyce Smith declares in Breakthrough The Miraculous True Story of a Mother s Faith and Her Child s Resurrection, a book she wrote with Ginger Kolbaba What Made into a motion picture, this two hundred and fifty six page paperback targets those who like true stories that promote God and the power of prayer Containing the word hell once, its topics of a life threatening accide I believe in a God who can do miracles Holy Spirit, I need You right now to come and breathe life back into my son Joyce Smith declares in Breakthrough The Miraculous True Story of a Mother s Faith and Her Child s Resurrection, a book she wrote with Ginger Kolbaba What Made into a motion picture, this two hundred and fifty six page paperback targets those who like true stories that promote God and the power of prayer Containing the word hell once, its topics of a life threatening accident, medical procedures, dying, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers Using the English Standard and New International Versions of the Holy Bible, the beginning includes a foreword by the main character while the ending has an afterword by an involved pastor, the author s notes, Scripture references, a doctor s letter, acknowledgments, and the authors biographies.In this quick read, mother Joyce Smith writes mainly from her personal experience when her son, John, falls through the ice in a Missouri lake and his heart stops for an hour While in the emergency room, she openly and boldly prays to God When her son s heartbeat reappears, she is convinced her son will be made whole and complete through prayer After spending sixteen days in the hospital, John is miraculously healed Why A firm believer in the power of praying to the Almighty God, I enjoyed reading how focusing on God can get one through tough times and tragedy I appreciated how the authors conveyed that our Lord is the one always in control and knows the outcome and reasons why we face challenges in this life Showing the dedication and faith as well as the faults and inadequacies of Joyce and others verified God s endless mercies and grace Why Not If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you may not like this book, yet it may also be one that brings peace and comfort if struggling through a tragedy Others may not appreciate the plethora of medical terms, diagnoses, and procedures Some may find the writer to be controlling, stubborn, opinionated, and determined, often showing righteous indignation when dealing with medical staff Wish At times, I did not like Joyce and her pushiness, but perhaps it is because she reminded me of myself I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence I found the font too small Want If you like reading about a mother and her husband, pastor, and Christian community who arduously call upon God to save and completely heal a fourteen year old boy using the power of prayer, this will show how miracles happen, even in the medical field because it is God s will It is the type of read that forces you to seriously consider your own prayer life.Thanks to Hachette Book Group for this book that I am under no obligation to review Amazing story but the delivery wasn t great 3.5 stars When fourteen year old John Smith fell through the ice on a Missouri lake one January morning, Joyce Smith was terrified that she would lose her son When she arrived at the hospital, John had been without a heartbeat forthan an hour Joyce wasn t ready to accept that her son was dead and in a moment of pure, desperate faith, Joyce cried out to God to save her son At that precise moment, John s heart began beating again Though his heart was going again, John was no where near out of the When fourteen year old John Smith fell through the ice on a Missouri lake one January morning, Joyce Smith was terrified that she would lose her son When she arrived at the hospital, John had been without a heartbeat forthan an hour Joyce wasn t ready to accept that her son was dead and in a moment of pure, desperate faith, Joyce cried out to God to save her son At that precise moment, John s heart began beating again Though his heart was going again, John was no where near out of the woods Despite all of his doctor s worries and facts, John quickly began to improve, with the mighty power of prayer behind him Sixteen days after John fell through the ice, he walked out of the hospital, completely and miraculously healed I first heard of this novel when I saw the trailer for the movie This got me interested in the novel When there was a giveaway for the novel on Goodreads Firstreads, I figured I would enter And then I won Being as this has a lot of medical scenes in it, I figured that if I didn t win I would just see the movie I know, I know The book is always better than the movie, but I am not knowledgeable in medical jargon and I worried that I would have to Google search one term after the other while reading Thankfully, though there are a lot of medical terms, Joyce Smith took the time to explain what they ment Joyce managed to put the reader right there in the hospital with her The writing made the whole situation very real for a mother like me, from Joyce s panicked dash to the hospital to the day John walked out of the hospital I was there I thought this novel was a well written and worthwhile read I gave this book five out of five stars and would recommend it to anyone looking to believe in miracles I won my copy of this novel from Goodreads Firstreads and the image above is my own stephanietiner.weebly.com Kindle edition not an option to pick from This book was so good that I couldn t put it down I cried several times while reading What blessed me the most was the mother s faith and how she relied on God to pull her through the trial I highly recommend it but keep plenty of tissue near you. Rating 4.5 stars I LOVE reading the book before the movie is released, don t you Even when I was young and there was a Stephen King movie coming out, I d scramble to the library, sign out the book and read it before even thinking about heading to the theater to see it The same is still true today for me.Last month I started hearing about the movie BREAKTHROUGH based upon the inspirational true story of one mother s unfaltering love being released at theaters on Easter Day and I knew I wan Rating 4.5 stars I LOVE reading the book before the movie is released, don t you Even when I was young and there was a Stephen King movie coming out, I d scramble to the library, sign out the book and read it before even thinking about heading to the theater to see it The same is still true today for me.Last month I started hearing about the movie BREAKTHROUGH based upon the inspirational true story of one mother s unfaltering love being released at theaters on Easter Day and I knew I wanted to knowWhen I saw a copy available through my association with FaithWords blogger program through Hachette Book Group, I couldn t pass this one up The story of Joyce Smith s adopted son, John, falling through an icy Missouri lake was originally published as a book called THE IMPOSSIBLE, and now re released and titled BREAKTHROUGH, as a made for motion picture book.All hope is lost when Joyce Smith s adopted 14 year old son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, but as her son lies lifeless, Joyce doesn t give up Her steadfast faith causes those around her to continue to pray for her son s recovery In BREAKTHROUGH, Ms Smith recounts how her son s death and coming back to life drama and his recovery.Smith explains how she never gave up on God or her son and how over the course of his recovery, John made remarkable progress thanks to God s hand on his life BREAKTHROUGH is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle.BREAKTHROUGH is a very powerful testimony to prayer and how God works in our lives when we have faith in Him The movie releases on April 17 in theaters, and the story itself is incredible and inspiring I believe the movie will do a great job sharing that God still works miracles today.Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from Hatchette Book Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program This book is a refreshing look at prayers Sometimes the answer to prayers is no, which is important to realize, but that doesn t mean we should forget, that sometimes, the answer is yes What an inspirational story If you wonder if miracles happen today, read this book Fourteen year old John Smith fell through ice and was in forty degree water for a half hour, totally submerged for half of that time Finally rescued, he had no heartbeat for an hour, until he did But then there was no brain activity and his organs were failing The doctors were sure there was no hope.This is a very well written account of what happened to the young teen His adoptive mother was like a grizzly bear, desperately praying for If you wonder if miracles happen today, read this book Fourteen year old John Smith fell through ice and was in forty degree water for a half hour, totally submerged for half of that time Finally rescued, he had no heartbeat for an hour, until he did But then there was no brain activity and his organs were failing The doctors were sure there was no hope.This is a very well written account of what happened to the young teen His adoptive mother was like a grizzly bear, desperately praying for the life of her son Others came to pray for days There were spiritual attacks and the struggle to maintain faith The account is captivating.Some may wonder why God would heal some and not others Joyce, John s mother, reveals much of her life, letting readers know she was not some super spiritual individual She had made her mistakes in life and came before God as we all do, asking for His grace and mercy.I highly recommend this book It is an amazing account of an inexplicable event It can only be explained by God s intervention A doctor s letter is included, verifying the miraculous recovery.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher My comments are an independent and honest review The impossible true story about the powerful impact of prayer that inspired the major motion picture starring Chrissy Metz, Topher Grace, Dennis Haysbert, and Josh Lucas Through the years and the struggles, when life seemed about hurt and loss than hope and mercy, God was positioning the Smiths for something extraordinary the death and resurrection of their sonWhen Joyce Smith s fourteen year old son John fell through an icy Missouri lake one winter morning, she and her family had seemingly lost everything At the hospital, John lay lifeless for than sixty minutes But Joyce was not ready to give up on her son She mustered all her faith and strength into one force and cried out to God in a loud voice to save himMiraculously, her son s heart immediately started beating againIn the coming days, John would defy every expert, every case history, and every scientific prediction Sixteen days after falling through the ice and being clinically dead for an hour, he walked out of the hospital under his own power, completely healed Breakthrough is about a profound truth prayer really does work God uses it to remind us that He is always with us, and when we combine it with unshakable faith, nothing is impossiblePreviously published as The Impossible


About the Author: Joyce Smith

JOYCE SMITH was born in Wichita, Kansas, but because of her father s work for a tool and die company, she grew up in Ohio and lived in eight different states as well as Canada and Germany She worked for 25 years in accounting, but feels her biggest accomplishment has been as a wife and mother one of the toughest jobs, with the lowest pay but the most rewards of any job on the face of the earth She and her husband Brian her Prince Charming live in St Charles, Missouri They have four wonderful sons and five beloved grandchildren Joyce keeps busy with school and basketball, enjoys cross stitch, crochet, and decorating, and loves speaking to audiences about what God has done for her familyand continues to do.


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