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Reviewed by Lori M for Readers' Favorite
Gabe Murfitt and his mother Gigi Devine Murfitt have provided us with a wonderfully inspirational book in “My Message is C.L.E.A.R.: Hope and Strength in the Face of Life’s Greatest Adversities.” C.L.E.A.R. is an acronym created by Gabe that explains his focus on how to live a successful life: Courage, Leadership, Endurance, Attitude, and Respect.
Gabe starts the book out explaining about his body, because when people see him for the first time, they are curious. Gabe was born with arms that are only three inches long and his legs are stuck in the position of being bent at the knees. Even though he realizes he is unique and different, he wants the reader to understand that he/she is different too – we’re all different, but we have more similarities than we do differences. It’s touching when Gabe describes that despite his physical appearance, he takes comfort in God’s word in scriptures such as Psalm 139:13-18, and Jeremiah 29:11 that talk about God’s plan for us, to give us a hope and a future. I love how Gabe and Gigi included photos of themselves and their family. Gabe has such a beautiful smile that lights up the room and shows he has a positive outlook on life. In fact, Gabe is so positive that he started speaking at schools as part of a nonprofit group called Positive Programs when he was in the 7th grade.
If this were a movie, it would be promoted as “The Feel Good Movie of the Year,” and this book is in fact just that. It’ll lift you up and brighten your day.