Monday, March 23, 2015

Helo Matzelle's Halo Found Hope: A Memoir

Helo Matzelle's Halo Found Hope.


Recently, I have grown so much from reading books such as this autobiography. It is important for a person like me, who too often exaggerates life's struggles, who views self too highly, to view life through someone else's heart. 

Halo Found Hope is such a book. Chapter by chapter, I lived author Helo Matzelle's weeks of struggles and rejoiced with her over the victories which were granted by her Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ. 
This book puts life in a different perspective. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to only have a few days left to live? Or perhaps you, like me, have a nagging fear that your life is really too easy so far and anytime you may encounter some horrible tragedy. The reality is- we don't and can't know our future. But God does- every single moment of it. And we have to trust him completely. Thinking and acting as if we have any control over our future is just a recipe for disaster. 
Through this biography, Helo gives the reader a new view of life. 
“I had a second chance in life,” she said about what she learned from her whole experience. “What I gained was remarkable.”
As you may have noticed, I am viewing this book as a person who (gratefully) has never experienced any major problems with my health. It goes without saying that Halo Found Hope will be a wonderful book for those of you who are going through a difficult time. It will also bring comfort to those of you who know someone struggling through a tragedy or complication in life. 
For those of you who are not aware of Helo Matzelle, she is a middle-aged brain tumor survivor. The complexity or her condition was unusual and drastic- it was not known if she would survive surgery. Imagine: within a week her busy, happy life as a Christian stay-at-home mom was brought to a complete stand-still as she ''by chance'' discovered she had a brain tumor and had to take immediate means to eradicate it. The struggle did not stop there. Recovery from such a delicate surgery takes time, and this book describes in interesting detail the author's journey to a normal life with her family again. I love how she is transparent about her weaknesses and disheartened moments and how she brings glory to Christ through her memoir. 

Do not miss reading this excellent book! 
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.