Hey everyone! This week I am very privileged to have the opportunity to review a book published by a friend of mine, Sarah Willoughby, and also to have interviewed her for this post! Without further ado, ladies and gents, may I present He’s Making Diamonds.
As some of you may or may not know, I was the winner of Sarah’s giveaway a few weeks back. Having followed both her blog and her Instagram account for almost a year now, I was eager to read her book and was very excited to have won a free copy. (Not to mention the chocolate and bathbombs–great ideas for whenever I start hosting book giveaways.) It arrived in the mail about two weeks ago now. Since then I have read it from cover to cover twice, highlighting various passages in He’s Making Diamonds. Which, may I be clear on, has NEVER happened before with any book, not even my favorites! (I also don’t highlight books; this was the first time I have ever done so.)
I’ve never had chronic illness. I’ve never had Lyme’s Disease (though I had one of those ticks that carry it in my arm before). I don’t have multiple chemical sensitivities. And I’m not close to anyone who’s had any of these. (One of my cousins has had Lyme’s Disease, but I was never really close to her because of age difference and the Atlantic Ocean that lies inbetween us.) But, I think that He’s Making Diamonds, while originally aimed at those who struggle with chronic illnesses, can be read by just about anyone. Because even though I don’t have the same sensitivities as people who struggle with chronic illness do, I’m not immune from some of the things Sara mentioned in her book. I have anxiety. Depression. CSP. Those things aren’t new to me either. And, let me tell you, I have learned SO MUCH from this book.
Written by a teen, Sarah addresses the issues that all of us (especially as Christian teens) face, even without disorders and illnesses and mental disabilities. Questions like what does God have for our future, how can we trust Him when the world’s falling apart around us, how to get past the mental roadblocks that have resulted as a part of Adam’s Fall, etc. Sarah says she doesn’t have all the answers. Truth is, none of us really do. Yes, we have scripture, God’s inspired word. Yes, we have the wisdom and advice of our peers and elders. But some questions can’t be answered by those things. Some things we will never fully understand this side of eternity. S.G. Willoughby never tried to find all the answers to her questions because she knew this. And the answers she did find are so important. Things like God is bigger than the mountains we face, even though we can’t see to the other side through them. Things like God’s plan for us is so much more than we realize, even though our current reality may feel like it couldn’t get worse.
I have learned so much from this book and I would 10/10 recommend it to anyone, regardless if they have struggled with chronic illness or not. It’s one of those books that, while directed for a specific type of audience, can be read by everyone. It’s almost inspired me to write something similar–though I doubt that’ll happen for awhile.
Excellent work, Sarah! I hope you continue to write, whether it’s nonfiction or fiction. You have a gift and God is already using it to impact so many people. ❤
And now for the interview! (Her answers will be in bold
a) the importance of prayer in writing — there was so much spiritual warfare.
b) to rely on God in writing. It’s hard to write a book when you’re chronically ill, and because of my brain fog I forgot so much, and some days I couldn’t even think in complete sentences. But by God’s grace, the book actually makes sense. I think. 😉
4. Do you think you’ll write another book like it or a devotional based on it?
5. Do you think you’ll ever write a fiction story?
6. Outside of writing and blogging, what are your hobbies?
7. I know you have many great examples of this in your book, but what’s one thing you’d tell to someone who’s going through a period of hardship that you’ve found to be a comfort yourself?