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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
In her candid 40-day collection of essays, Divine Detour, Lori Ann Wood reflects on the thoughts, questions, and life lessons she has had to navigate before and after receiving a crushing diagnosis. After going to her family doctor for what she thought were flu-like symptoms, Wood received a devastating diagnosis. In 2015, her life took a sudden turn when she was diagnosed with heart failure, a chronic and progressive disease. As doubt and fear began to rise within her, Wood turned to her faith. Instead of dismissing the questions she had, she turned to God with them. By looking to Him, she has discovered empowering faith and endurance during her journey.
I appreciated that Wood documents her daily struggles with honesty. Her work is a treasure chest of hope and wisdom that has been learned in hard places. I love that the essays do not shy away from the difficult questions many people wrestle with when facing challenges. It covers these questions and goes beyond to give important, life-giving biblical revelations relevant to periods that involve uncertainty and change. I also appreciated that the essays include lessons learned prior to the diagnosis. Other insights shared regarding unanswered prayer, trust, and God’s eternal purpose were practical and eye-opening. Divine Detour by Lori Ann Wood is a powerful, hope-filled Christian work with thoughtful discussions about hardship, change, and hope. It is an encouraging companion for anyone facing unexpected detours in their life.