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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Loved So Much It Hurts: Purpose in the Pain by Rebecca Olmstead is a non-fiction Christian memoir that revolves around a tumor, or a mass that appeared to be one, on her sacral nerve sheath and how her faith in God carried her through. The book begins immediately with the pain and physical distress Olmstead had that progressed until it was completely unbearable, and the MRI that confirmed a mass was found. Olmstead and her family are deeply religious and through a combination of recreated narrative and public journalling, she shares scripture, prayers, and a continual stream of praise for God and how overcoming both the physical and emotional aspects of her journey from mass to surgery to recovery was entirely in God's hands.
It is obvious that Rebecca Olmstead has a heart for God and loves sharing it with the world as she does in Loved So Much It Hurts. I do not know her but feel like I know pieces of her heart after reading her book. As someone who has been through the cancer battle myself, and had to give up entire parts of my body, go through five years of chemotherapy drugs, and still had to contend with the pain, my relief of another woman finding out that she does not actually have cancer at all, or even a bonafide tumor, and does not have to go through any of that at all was wonderful to read. The journal format of the book has its transition as the page count gets higher into what reads more cohesively as a devotional, and I think readers looking for faith-strengthening writing, regardless of malady, will find the scripture given helpful. That said, I really think this book will be embraced by most friends and family of Olmstead who will no doubt treasure this sliver of family history in a legacy book for generations to come.