I just finished a book that has me sobbing. My heart is broken for a little boy named Cole. A little boy that didn't live to see his fourth birthday. A little boy that went from running and playing and fishing to laying in a hospital bed with cancer.
When Debbie Lykins from Side Door Communications contacted me about reviewing this book, I knew it would not be an easy one to read. I sat down this morning to read it and I am so glad that I did.
If you have been reading any of my last couple of posts, you know that I have been struggling. Struggling to find my place, and I have been burdened about relationships.
God is using this story of a little boy to get my focus back on HIm and on what is really important.
This book is an amazing story from Cole's father Aaron Ruotsala. He shares his Caring Bridge Site updates and his thoughts as his little boy loses his eight-week battle with cancer.
I highly recommend his book to you. Cole's story will change your life.
Here is a summary of the book from C.O.L.E's Foundation Website.
Cole... I Love You to the Moon and Back
Aaron Dean Ruotsala, 24-year-old husband, father, business owner, and pilot shares a true story about a heart-wrenching experience he calls the best and worst experience of a lifetime. This story will provoke you to laughter, tears, and cause you to examine yourself and your role as a human on this temporal journey. His prayer is that all who read this amazing story will learn from the experience in which they had no choice, to realize that when life brings you to the darkest, deepest, loneliest point imaginable, you will recognize what really matters in life. So, please laugh, cry, share, examine, and mostly enjoy this book that is certain to make you ask the question: “What if this happened to me?” The reality is that it could.
It’s amazing how God used a single event to speak to and transform the lives of thousands of people. Three-year-old Cole Ruotsala’s short eight-week battle with cancer and his ultimate death, was one such event. The story of this brave little man and his courage and compassion through the toughest of times, is a touching example of God’s love and strength in the face of death. Also, the honesty with which it is written will make you face some important questions in your life. I know that you will be encouraged and challenged by this book.
You can purchase a copy of the book here.