Title: Beyond the Door
Author: Miriam Biehn
Major Themes: Canada, Illness, Mennonites
Synopsis: Sarah’s illness as an infant was only the beginning of a lifetime of hospitalizations—but God was with her family every step of the way.
I often order one or two books for myself when I order our schoolbooks, and this time was no exception. I have been looking at Beyond the Door for several years. The synopsis sounded like a very interesting story; as a mother, I enjoy reading stories by other mothers, and this one sounded inspiring.
Sarah Joy was only five months old, and a very tiny baby, when her mother noticed that the baby’s stomach felt funny. When little Sarah went in for tests, the family’s life was suddenly turned upside down and was never the same again.
Sarah recovered from her infant illness, and the next several years were peaceful—but when she was seven more problems surfaced. From then on, she spent much time in and out of the hospital. As a normal girl in her mind, Sarah had dreams and desires, but she had to learn to yield everything to God. I appreciated her desire to share Jesus with other people she met in the hospital.
Miriam tells the story of her daughter’s life in such a way that I could feel what she felt. It is so hard to watch your child suffer. It was good to read about a family who trusted God through the hard times of life. I recommend Beyond the Door for those who appreciate true stories about God’s goodness in the dark times.
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults