When God IntervenesTitle: When God Intervenes: An Extraordinary Story of Faith, Hope, and the Power of Prayer

Author: Dabney Hedegard

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

It’s not very often I use the term “inspiring” or “an inspiration” but When God Intervenes and Dabney Hedegard are just that.

When author Dabney was only six weeks pregnant, doctors found a football-sized tumor in her chest which sparked a ten-year battle with her health that included four near-death experiences.

If you don’t believe in God or are struggling with your faith right now, I dare you to read this book. I promise it will change you. I have never been so touched by a book as I have this one, and I finished it praising God and with tears in my eyes.

The miraculous events and the faithfulness of God in keeping His promises to Dabney’s family not only encouraged me and stretched my own faith, but left me in awe. Her entire story is a testament to God’s love and power, and I couldn’t more highly recommend it! If you have money enough to buy one book this entire year, use it to buy this one. That’s how good it is.

I picked up When God Intervenes thinking I’d read a few chapters and re-visit it later when I had time. I didn’t put it down until I finished it at 3:00 the next morning.

The writing is smooth, the story is riveting, and the overall message is a life-changing one. Dabney’s openness and honesty about what she was going through was so refreshing, and I was surprised to even find a little bit of humor when the book dealt with such a serious topic.

The one and only itty-bitty complaint I have has to do with the format of the book. Because you become so attached to Dabney and her family as you read, I wish they would have had a section in the middle with some photos of them. The book was so personal, I missed seeing who I was reading about. There was only one photo of the author and her family, and it was on the back of the book. And because Dabney’s story spans ten years, there was a lot of scene-hopping which was a little hard to follow at times. Although the scene/year changes were always marked, I wish they would have organized it a little more into sections, such as: “Years Before the Cancer,” “During the Cancer,” and “After the Cancer.” Something like that.

However, those two little things weren’t enough to distract me or keep me from enjoying the book as a whole.

So. I’ll summarize: BUY THIS BOOK.

(I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.)

Let’s Talk Book: I actually had the privilege of meeting this author when I went to a writing conference where she was trying to get this book published. Meeting her, I had no idea she’d been through so much.

In life, we are each a bundle of stories. I have found the old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover” rings true when it comes to people.

What about you? Have you ever met someone whose story surprised you?