Penned Without Ink
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: Penned Without Ink
Author: Sarah Lynn Phillips
Major Themes: Accidents, Trauma, Trust
Synopsis: The stories God writes for each of our lives are perfect, even if they seem too hard at the time.
I have been going through some rough times lately, and have been having a struggle with trusting God through it all. Finding Penned Without Ink: Trusting God to Write Your Story was very timely. It really helped me to be able to trust more.
Penned Without Ink is the true story of a family’s tragic accident and their journey of faith as they healed. One spring day, as the Phillips family was traveling along the Pennsylvania Turnpike on their way home, they suddenly drove into dense fog and found themselves in a horrific, fiery pileup. Both Sarah and her husband were seriously hurt. The healing process took many months, and, in fact, they never totally recovered. What was God doing through this? How could this fit into the story He was writing about their lives?
Sarah compares our lives to a book that is being written, switching back and forth between accounts of real people in the Bible, and her own story. She clearly shows that God has a purpose, a reason, for everything He allows in our lives. Even—or maybe, especially, the hard times, are from Him, to serve as training grounds, as when David’s flock of sheep was attacked by a lion and a bear before he fought Goliath.
I really appreciated this book; it was very encouraging to me after the hard things our family has had to walk through recently. I was encouraged that God is using these hard times for our good, and writing a perfect story. The way Sarah compared our life stories with the way an author thinks and writes really made her points come alive for me.