When I saw the subtitle for this book – “Life on victory road” I expected something different than what I discovered on the pages of this book. The subtitle refers to a physical location in Shawn’s life. Shawn’s story is intriguing and once I began reading I did not want to put the book down. The book reads easily, the reader is brought into Shawn’s life story and experiences the highs and the lows. Weaved through out his story is God’s grace, love and redemption. You are brought into the family life and the dynamics associated with the struggle of a disability.
The entire book was powerful, one of the most powerful moments for me though was at the end of the book. Shawn shares about moving to a new church, as a pastor, in California and the connection to Joni Eareckson Tada’s ministry that happened. It was a very powerful reminder to me of how GOD will not waste a hurt, GOD wants to use all that we have experienced to impact the world around us and show his love. It is easy to walk the road of difficulty in silence, yet I don’t think that is always or even most of the time what God has in mind for those difficulties. HE has allowed those times, whether it is short or long, so that we can connect with others. Our unique stories are the opportunities for connection, for loving, and for pointing to Jesus. I was challenged in my own story, the story of our family – autism and divorce and being a prodigal, that GOD wants to use it. Not only does it shape us into who we are but is a tool for compassion. “All but Normal” is a memoir that will impact you if you allow yourself, you might be surprised how it helps propel you in your next steps of life. All But Normal is a great book and I would recommend it for reading.
Check out Pastor Shawn Thornton’s blog to learn more about what his ministry!
Disclosure: A big thank you to the publisher, Tyndale Publishing, for sending me a copy so that I could read and share my thoughts.