"The truth was sobering. Without a great sacrifice, Martin would die."
When her husband and the father of her children was struck with a devastating illness, Michelle felt her world begin to crumble. Years of fruitless testing and treatment strained their family's nerves and finances. An eventual diagnosis of kidney failure came with the promise of Martin's premature death if he didn't receive a transplant. How could they ask someone for such a huge personal sacrifice? Though Michelle was terrified of needles, blood, and hospitals, she donated one of her kidneys to save his life. During the agonizing months of dialysis, compatibility testing, surgery, and recovery, Michelle and Martin were struck by the parallels between their current situation and the ultimate sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ. Just as Martin would die without Michelle's freely given kidney, all of God's children would die-physically, spiritually, and eternally-without Christ's Atonement.
The scriptures tell us that all things typify Christ, and we are constantly surrounded by mirrors of Him and His sacrifice. In this moving memoir, author Michelle Christensen shares how her family's trials strengthened her understanding of Christ and His overwhelming love. Though Michelle's story is unique, each of us can find reflections of the Savior in our everyday lives. By finding Him, we learn to trust Him more, and we find greater happiness and peace in our individual journeys through life.