Parting the Waters
Finding Beauty in Brokenness
A True Story
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.
Without sugar-coating the realities of pain and suffering, Parting the Waters presents the heart-warming, true story of what can happen when a community rallies around one wounded family. While Jacob’s parents struggle to preserve their faith and family, the prayers and innovative efforts of community members result in Jacob’s gradual awakening. Each dramatic milestone in Jacob’s recovery creates a new ripple, touching and changing many lives forever.
Told from a mother’s perspective, Parting the Waters is a poignant tale of unexpected beauty found in brokenness.
Jeanne Damoff has been married for 29 years to George, a biologist, poet, and musician. Their three grown children, Jacob, Grace, and Luke, are her favorite people in the world. She has degrees in social work, sociology, English, and secondary education, and has taught such varied subjects as English, Latin, art, music, and cheerleading. For eight years she taught pre-school through junior high Bible, using a curriculum she designed and wrote. Jeanne is a published writer, a professional choreographer, a musician, and a speaker. She loves to laugh and gives points to anyone who makes her laugh out loud. These points are very valuable. Everyone should strive to earn them, starting now.
I wept with the Damoff family and I rejoiced with them through this book. Jeanne doesn't hold anything back. She tells about the emotions their family went through and she tells of their struggle to rely on their faith as they dealt with a tragedy that no parent wants to even imagine. But when faced with the reality of it, Jeanne and George Damoff, their family, and their entire community came together for Jacob. In doing so, they saw the power of God; the power to love, the power to heal, and the power to bring something beautiful from the midst of a tragic event.
Jacob's story is truly one of finding beauty in brokenness.
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