How a stranger's kidney saved my life ...And my brothers too! A miraculous true story! "In my darkest moment as I lay on deaths door step, Hope showed up in a miraculous way!This story is not just about me. This story is your own as well. My battle was life and death as my kidneys began to shut down. Yours may have been another health issue, the loss of a loved one, the changing of a career, or some other trial that was unforeseen.
We all have a story to tell, your experience may be the inspiration that gives “Another 2nd Chance” to someone else.
Everyone, at one time or another, questions God. Oftentimes, like Job, we examine the why. Why me? Why now? God, where are you going with this? God always has an solution. Often it is not the one expected nor the key for which one even hopes. We all deal with health issues, the loss of loved ones, the changing of a career or some other difficulty that was unexpected. The reader can enter his or her private moments of fear, possible loss, pain, heartbreak, defeat and ultimate success. Suffering from a rare and incurable kidney disease, Iga Nephropathy, Lewis, at age 40, became a member of the 20% of those with the disease who fall into kidney failure and end up needing a transplant. At first he tried to keep his chin up, but he like others got to a place where he could not do it anymore. The first miracle was a brother whose kidney was a match, but then the realization that his brother had an aneurism and could not donate. Would God put a second miracle kidney in time? Lewis’s kidney... More > function was deteriorating rapidly. Even glimmers of hope could only see him to a place where he could wonder when it was all going to end. “Just when I counted on a brother's love to save me, it was a Father’s love that saved us both. A thousand miles away, a stranger stepped up and courageously gave with nothing expected in return.” “From time to time, [God] would peel back the curtain and let me see pieces of the plan. He would let me see sparkles of hope. He’d show me a reason for living. He’d create those miracles that let the process jump ahead. All of it brought us to [a place where were we discovered the answer to the ultimate question]. In our sacrifices lies our own deliverance. In our giving we get our return. In our willingness to serve, we are served.” Lewis’s short paragraphs make this book easy on the eyes, and easy to read, a necessity when the pain, the loss, the unforeseen has one in its grips. The story must have been told many times, honing its design and power orally before it was written down. Even if, God’s miracle is future glory, the power is not diminished. The simplicity and understatement of the tone and style makes the book accessible even when attention and concentration are at a minimum. While not downplaying the costs and difficulties, Lewis convincingly encourages trust and confidence.< Less
How foolish we humans are-believing we are in control of our lives when that is just not so. How wonderful God is to meet us where we are, hold us up; and then when we realize how futile our efforts are, move in such amazing ways to work all things together for good for his children. The author reminds us that God’s ways are not our ways and his time is not our time. He states that “it is easy to believe when you know you’re not going to sink. But try stepping out of the boat when you can’t see the bottom. The safety nets are gone; there is no backup plan. You are walking on faith alone.” Troy says he wanted to relate how at death’s door, he found God’s hope and peace and the reason for it all. We all need to keep on keeping on-and cling to Him in faith. This is a very readable and powerful book about the author’s experience in facing the ups and downs of kidney disease--a trial that, as he states in the first chapter, “would cause me to question who I was, all that I had believed,... More > and God himself.” We live through Troy’s journey and the emotional and spiritual roller coaster with him, but always we sense God in control of the situation-even when all seems hopeless. I found myself eagerly reading, in suspense, to find out what would happen next and what God would do. Given the subject matter of dealing with a probably fatal illness, the book is not maudlin, depressing or sensationalized. The author merely talks to us as if to friends, sharing something wonderful and awesome that happened to him. He just seems to want us to appreciate how fragile life is and how good God is. He says he hopes we can use some of his discoveries about God’s faithfulness in our own traumatic life situations, whatever they may be. I highly recommend this inspirational and uplifting book. I received a review copy of the book from the author, but the opinions are solely mine.< Less
Another Second Chance ...God's Story By Troy Lewis Is an awesome story about how God works in your lives. This book touches everyone from the people that may have went through a similar situation, also the people that are the care givers to those people and to the doctors and nurses not to mention those that know people like this and we have prayed for! Get this book, read it, share it's message of faith and trusting in God, of giving; weather that is the caregivers or people that donate organs down to those that give to help the family in need what ever it may be! This book is a blessing! A must have on my library shelf, a keeper to read again and again! Thanks Troy for wonderful book!
okay so i don't read books like ever... i just never can stay focused on a book that long... but when i started reading Another Second Chance i didn't wanna stop reading it... this book is so inspirational... Troys story helps you realize that everyone is facing some hard times whether they show it or not and through the power of God anything is possible. I really enjoyed reading this book and was actually sad when i finished. now that i am finished I'm suggesting this book to anyone and everyone... if you haven't read it, go ahead and read it.. its worth the time!
Another Second Chance...God's Story is such a great example of God's love for His people. It only took me 2 evenings to read and I had to buy a few more to share with family and friends. This is my kind of book! It made me cry and laugh and it had the perfect ending! So many lives were touched before the book was written and look at how many more lives are being touched now. This is a book that has to be shared, like God's love!!!
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