Few situations carry more uncertainty than a cancer diagnosis. As a child, Tiffany Smiling is told she has a brain tumor and less than a year to live. Through prayer and the perseverance of her parents, a surgeon willing to operate is found, and she survives with additional challenges — partial paralysis on one side. Eventually she makes an amazing recovery, finishes high school and starts college. She has the same life goals as many teenage girls — she imagines she will graduate, marry, have children and establish a part time business. God has other plans!
After breaking up with her boyfriend, Tiffany does start a business (frozen self-serve yogurt). She feels called to do something for orphans and is drawn to children in Guatemala. She begins with fundraising and God leads her on an adventurous journey to places and people she never imagined. She learns the value of saying “yes” to God.
The book discusses some important topics that all Christians should take seriously. Things like:
- What happens when our plans are not God’s plan for us?
- How can I serve God where I am?
- Are we willing to sacrifice our comfort and privilege to follow God’s leading?
- How can we work out God’s plan by cooperating with others?
- Are we truly passionate about saving souls?
- How do we hear the voice of God in our own lives?
- Why we shouldn’t compare myself to others.
There are discussion questions and a “dream challenge” for each chapter. This could easily be used in a small group setting. Tiffany’s story will inspire and motivate other millennials as well as older folks to take a hard look at their purpose and calling as Christians.
VERDICT: 5 STARS
I read this as a free e-book I received from BookBub.
For more on ministry to orphans see this post: