Fabulous book about Ebola and the missionaries/medical personnel who fought it!
“When I knelt next to Teresa on that rainy June night outside our hospital, I told myself that everything was about to change. I had no idea the extent of that truth. But one thing has not changed: our desire to live faithful to God’s calling.”
—Dr. Kent Brantly, in Called for Life
Just months after Dr. Kent Brantly arrived in Liberia with his wife, Amber, and their two children, the Ebola virus erupted in West Africa. Kent and his colleagues began to fight one of the most horrifying, incurable diseases on earth, only to see patient after patient die. Then, after six weeks of intense battle to help others survive, Kent woke up one July morning with a fever. Three days later his diagnosis was confirmed: Ebola.
Kent knew his life was at stake. He also knew Amber, family members, and friends were praying desperately. What he didn’t know was that his case would make international headlines as he was evacuated to Atlanta, becoming the first person with Ebola ever treated in the United States. He didn’t know he would be the center of a media firestorm of debate, questions, and fears. And he didn’t know that his faith would inspire people around the world to trust in a faithful God.
Like the rest of the United States I watched as Kent Brantly, fully covered in protective gear, walked from the transporting ambulance into Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and wondered if he would survive. He had contracted the deadly Ebola virus while serving as a missionary in Monrovia, Liberia and had been evacuated for life saving treatment in the United States. I prayed he would live.
Called for Life is an incredible book as it alternates between Kent’s story and Amber’s view. It tells of their meeting and goals for life, their quick courtship and then how they arrived in Liberia. They share about living in Liberia and then how Ebola began to creep into their world. Ultimately they tell the story of Kent’s contracting Ebola and his miraculous recovery from it.
I found this book well told and riveting. Even though I knew the eventual outcome, it still moved me to tears as I realized just how close to death Dr. Brantly became. And I was amazed at the dear people who, knowing all the precautions Dr. Brantly took to keep from getting Ebola and then still contracting it, willingly cared for him. The back of the book says it best – Most significant, Called for Life reminds us of the risk, the honor, and the joy to be known when God and others are served without reservation.
Called for Life is a fantastic book – especially if, like me, you want to know more about Dr. Kent Brantly, an Ebola survivor, who not only served those with Ebola but also had it himself. He does not mince how awful of a disease it is. I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.