Saturday, September 24, 2011
FIRST Wild Card Blog Tour + My Review: Megan's Secrets by Mike Cope
You never know when I might play a wild card on you!
Today's Wild Card author is:
and the book:
Megan's Secrets: What My Mentally Disabled Daughter Taught Me About Life
About The Author:
Mike Cope is an author, blogger, professor, minister and magazine editor. He has written four books, including What Would Jesus Do Today? and One Holy Hunger. He was a minister for many years at the Highland Church in Abilene and now works with Heartbeat Ministries. He and his wife, Diane, live in Abilene, Texas, and have two surviving children: Matt, a resident in internal medicine at Duke University, and Chris, a junior in high school.
Mike Cope's best teacher was his mentally disabled daughter—Megan. In her ten years of life, she taught her father secrets more profound than anything he'd learned in college or seminary. In his moving remembrance, Megan's Secrets: What My Mentally Disabled Daughter Taught Me about Life, Cope shares those secrets in a way that will make readers laugh, cry and find new hope.
Megan was a beautiful pint-sized girl whose only spoken words were "I'm Megan!" Although a child of few words, the best scholars in the world could not teach what she did in her brief life. Her life exposed some of the insanities of the world and revealed some life-giving secrets such as:
We are often fascinated with things that are impressive from the outside but which may not be that important to God.
What really matters has to do with the heart: keeping promises, seeking justice in a brutal world, learning to see those in greatest need and living with courage, joy and unconditional love.
God uses our brokenness to His glory.
This unique inspirational book wraps these secrets and more into stories that will restore hope to those grieving. All readers who long to see modern-day examples of the "little ones" Jesus held on his lap and loved will be inspired and moved to exult in God's incredible wisdom. What Mike discovers is that life with Megan, who slept only three hours a night, was exhausting, challenging, and even disappointing but also filled with joy and truths.
Max Lucado, best-selling author and minister, says, "The world would look at Megan Cope and her brief little life and see limitations. Imperfections. Inabilities. Her dad, just like her heavenly Father, saw something else entirely. Joy. Big heart. Love. Wisdom. Raising a disabled daughter, and then saying goodbye after a brief ten years of life, Mike knows the struggles, triumphs, pain, everyday miracles. . . and the secrets. Secrets God shares with those who care for the least among us. In Megan's Secrets, my friend Mike shares the wisdom he learned from loving Megan."
What an inspiring and beautiful story! It will bring tears to your eyes and touch your heart in such a way that you will be aware of God even more in your life. Mike's daughter, Megan, touched many lives during her ten years on this earth and through her story she will touch many more. Oh, that we all could be like Megan and show others the love of God and just how much He cares for us.
The book contains stories shared by family and friends, such a blessing she was to everyone she met. Cope shares lessons his family learned after Megan's death reminding us that God chooses what the world considers the least in society.
I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.