Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Book Review: A Story Unfinished: 99 Days with Eliot by Matt Mooney

One of my goals for 2014 is to read more. I have been so plugged in to social media and the television that I have taken a hiatus from my long and ever-growing reading list. I decided this winter that I wanted to make a change and spend less time on Facebook and Twitter and more time reading books on my goodreads list.

I had 2 weeks off of work over the holidays and I delved into a few books that have been on my to-read list. Over my break I read 3 books which already makes me ahead from 2013. (I read a whole 2 books in 2013. Shameful for someone who considers themselves a book lover.)

One of the books that I read over break is called A Story Unfinished: 99 Days with Eliot. The book is about a family who during early stages of pregnancy learned that their child had Trisomy-18 and would not live long or perhaps may not even survive birth. Eliot was born and lived for 99 days.
Reading on a chilly winter day
I am not a mother. I am a mother to fur-kids but not a mother to a human. I often question whether or not I will have kids. The fear of failure terrifies me and selfishly the thought of changing my lifestyle makes me lose my appetite.

Reading A Story Unfinished opened my eyes to the joys of having a child, even if the child is plagued with illness, disability, or worse yet, does not live long. Author, Matt Mooney, shared his journey of life, love, and the grief of losing his son in a way that made the unknown less scary for those who are terrified of having children. The book made me think that perhaps I am missing out on an abundance amount of love and joy by not having children. This book made me realize that the fear of failing, the hard work of raising a child, and the sacrifices one makes to have a child is well worth it in the end. Matt Mooney did an impeccable job of describing the overwhelming love and joy that comes from having a child.

This book is about recovering from loss, turning to the Lord for assistance in managing ones grief, and persevering after such a loss. Matt and his family focused their energy on founding an organization that helps others engage children with special needs locally and globally. To learn more about 99 Balloons, visit their website at
Add A Story Unfinished: 99 Days with Eliot to your reading list today!

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