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Monday, November 24, 2008

Book about a Comatose 15-year Old Teaches About the Value of Life


"Parting the Waters" is a heart-warming, true story--a mother's perspective on what can happen when a community rallies around a wounded family. 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 said, "Jacob will never wake up," but Jacob's parents knew God would have the final say. As ripples spread throughout the community and beyond, the prayers and innovative efforts of many result in Jacob's gradual awakening. This journey to discover beauty in brokenness will encourage readers to look beyond their own trials to see God's purpose on a greater scale.


Jeanne and her family faced the controversial issue of euthanasia head on when doctors told them Jacob would never awaken and recommended they remove his feeding tube. "Parting the Waters" not only shows that God can trump medical expectations, but also reveals how people who are broken provoke compassion in others, deepening their characters, and furthering God's purpose in their lives. It clearly illustrates that phrases like 'quality of life' or 'potential to contribute gainfully to society' should never be benchmarks of a person's worth. God uses the weak to confound the strong.


Knowing what it's like to feel pain so deep that it hurts to breathe, Jeanne provides candid portrayals of her battles against fear, self-pity, anger, and unforgiveness, placing them alongside an ever-emerging assurance that God is working out His sovereign designs in her life and her brain-injured son's. Without sugarcoating the realities of pain and suffering, she shows how God continued to reveal the depth of His love and His intended purpose. Each dramatic milestone in Jacob's recovery creates a new ripple, touching and changing many lives forever. "Parting the Waters" is a poignant tale of unexpected beauty found in brokenness. Readers can contact Jeanne through her website at


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The IFRL is the largest grassroots pro-life organization in Illinois. A non-profit organization, that serves as the state coordinating body for local pro-life chapters representing thousands of Illinois citizens working to restore respect for all human life in our society. The IFRL is composed of people of different political persuasions, various faiths and diverse economic, social and ethnic backgrounds. Since 1973 the Illinois Federation for Right to Life has been working to end abortion and restore legal protection to those members of the human family who are threatened by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. Diverse though we are, we hold one common belief - that every human being has an inalienable right to life that is precious and must be protected. IFRL is dedicated to restoring the right to life to the unborn, and protection for the disabled and the elderly.   Click here to learn more about the IFRL.