I came home yesterday from a busy day at the day job to a box with books in it. That automatically made it a GOOD day. Inside were the copies of my dear friend Jeanne Damoff’s newest release, Parting the Waters.
I read the manuscript of this book a couple years ago and was moved by the telling of this true story. Jeanne is a gifted writer, that goes without saying. But because she lived this story — breathed it, mourned it and embraced it — the words very nearly seem wet. Wet from the lake water that nearly snatched the life of a beloved son and wet from the tears Jeanne cried at every wonderful and painful moment in the world she began living in when Jacob woke up.
Here’s what WinePress Publishing says about it: “When a tragic drowning accident leaves fifteen-year-old Jacob in a coma, the faith of his family and community is shaken to its foundation. Medical experts used phrases such as “persistent vegetative state” and “Jacob will never wake up,” but Jacob’s parents knew God would have the final say.
“Without sugar-coating the realities of pain and suffering, Parting the Waters presents the heart-warming, true story of what can happen when a community rallies around one wounded family. While Jacob’s parents struggle to preserve their faith and family, the prayers and innovative efforts of community members result in Jacob’s gradual awakening. Each dramatic milestone in Jacob’s recovery creates a new ripple, touching and changing many lives. Told from a mother’s perspective, Parting the Waters is a poignant tale of unexpected beauty found in brokenness.”
Anyone who’s traveled such a hard road could easily be a little grumpy — and who could fault them for it? But Jeanne, a sweetly-tempered Kristin Scott Thomas lookalike, is genuinely joyful. I love the bio on her website: “Jeanne Damoff has been married for 29 years to George, a biologist, poet, and musician. Their three grown children, Jacob, Grace, and Luke, are her favorite people in the world. She has degrees in social work, sociology, English, and secondary education, and has taught such varied subjects as English, Latin, art, music, and cheerleading. For eight years she taught pre-school through junior high Bible, using a curriculum she designed and wrote. Jeanne is a published writer, a professional choreographer, a musician, and a speaker. She loves to laugh and gives points to anyone who makes her laugh out loud. These points are very valuable. Everyone should strive to earn them, starting now.”
Got to love it!
You won’t want to miss her book. Especially if you’ve ever been broken. Or are broken.
See you on Monday.