Prayerful Warrior Mom

Embracing Faith through the Storms of Your Child's Congenital Heart Journey

Christian - Living
282 Pages
Reviewed on 11/19/2023
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Author Biography

Tracy Ripley is a wife, mother, and stepmother to four children. Her youngest was diagnosed with congenital heart disease (CHD) in 2013. Tracy is a child of God and attributes her strong faith to the trials she and her family have endured throughout her youngest son’s battle with CHD. Her testimony of faith has helped shed light on the world of CHD, spreading awareness and providing hope to other families faced with a different path for their infant child than they may have ever dreamed.
After dedicating 27 years to a career in accounting and finance, Tracy made the courageous decision to pursue a childhood dream of becoming a published author. She and Rob, her loving husband of 24 years, live in Northeast Ohio. Tracy finds fulfillment in actively engaging with her community, contributing to the Christian Ed group at her church, and cheering at her children’s sporting events.
Tracy finds solace and tranquility in camping, reading, and taking Taekwondo. She earned a black belt in 2019. If she could put the books down and take a break from her writing, she would love to return to Taekwondo to continue her journey of learning and advancing her skills.
Tracy is a passionate advocate for children with CHD. Her life experiences and the many obstacles her son has overcome throughout his own CHD journey have awarded her the insight and knowledge she uses to help educate others and spread awareness about the leading cause of birth-defect-associated infant illness and death.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Doreen Chombu for Readers' Favorite

After having her daughter, Tracy thought her second pregnancy would be easier, but God had other plans for her and her family. The first sign that things would be different was the abnormal results of her first-trimester screening. Luckily, they were ruled out as possible false readings. Tracy did her best to balance her pregnancy and work until the birth of her son, Bryce. Unfortunately, her son was born with a congenital heart condition that would change her family’s life forever. The author felt guilty, but over time, God healed her soul and helped her discover His purpose for her life. In Prayerful Warrior Mom, Tracy A. Ripley narrates how her family's turbulent journey made them stronger mentally and spiritually. She shares the lessons that helped her cope with her son's illness in her career, social and family life, and relationship with God.

Prayerful Warrior Mom made me wonder how many tragedies a person can take before they break, and how believing in God's word and continuously seeking Him in prayer can give the peace that surpasses human understanding. Tracy A. Ripley uses a calm and engaging tone, which showcases her spiritual maturity and peace with the tragedies that befell her family. Whenever she was on the verge of breaking, God gave her a verse, a song, or a revelation that helped her through. The book has beautiful designs that make it appealing to read and profound lessons that can be applied in different areas of your life. I loved reading this book and I think both believers and non-believers can read it and appreciate its message. We all go through trying moments, and a story like this can give us encouraging lessons. Get a copy of this book to read this inspiring story of a prayerful mother, a brave son, a supportive family, and the amazing power of God in their lives.

Adanna Ora

Every pregnant woman’s dream is to deliver a healthy baby after nine months of an already stressful and arduous journey. Nothing in this world could have prepared Tracy A. Ripley for the shocking news of her baby boy being diagnosed with congenital heart disease a few hours after his birth. This news doesn’t just come as a shock; it comes with a change of lifestyle, the sacrifice of long work hours, financial drain, and the torture of seeing an innocent child go through excruciating pain regularly. For Tracy, a successful finance expert, and Christian, this was a lot. There were so many things that she could not understand at the time, and explaining them to her 4-year-old daughter, Reyna, was not easy either. Join Tracy on this faith-based journey in her book Prayerful Warrior Mom, where she navigates life hurdles with her hero son, Bryce, and overcomes them.

Prayerful Warrior Mom is written with such care and fine details that readers are carried along every step of the way and feel all the emotions in the story. I love the way the author is honest about the challenges she faced and shows us how she overcame them. One of the things that stood out in Tracy’s journey was her unwavering faith and dependence on God. Prayerful Warrior Mom is replete with Bible passages and prayers that could help parents in similar situations keep their hopes alive and build their faith in God in trying times. My most remarkable lesson was the importance of a strong support system. It makes all the difference and makes the burden lighter, and I am so glad that Tracy got to experience that. I recommend Prayerful Warrior Mom to all parents of children with congenital heart disorders or any major health challenges in general. There are tips here that will bless your life and make the journey more bearable for you. Kudos to Tracy A. Ripley on this book.

Amy Raines

In Prayerful Warrior Mom: Embracing Faith through the Storms of Your Child’s Congenital Heart Journey by Tracy A. Ripley, while facing the possibility of her baby being born with a serious illness, Tracy finds strength in her faith. After birth, the doctors found that her son had a heart murmur. The baby had been born with a bicuspid valve, which means it only has two compartments instead of three. Even after he was released, there were many more tests and hospital visits to endure. Through all of the fear and worry, Tracy remained strong by praying and putting her trust in God’s will, especially as the date of the baby’s surgery approached.

Prayerful Warrior Mom is an inspiring story that emphasizes a mother’s love during her child’s illness. There are many people out there who could benefit from reading this book to gain more insight into how to cope with the fear and grief that comes with seeing a child go through so much. I love that Tracy A. Ripley remained strong for her family and her new baby by giving it over to God and relying on her faith to see them through the difficult times. I recommend Prayerful Warrior Mom to anyone who enjoys a memoir from which they can learn many different things, including how to cope with traumatic experiences. This book will definitely help others realize that they are not alone. I hope that Ripley writes more books like this one that will help guide others to see the miracles and signs that God puts in their path, regardless of the situation.

Luwi Nyakansaila

Prayerful Warrior Mom is a spiritual and medical memoir by Tracy A. Ripley. The book follows her family's journey dealing with her son Bryce’s Congenital Heart issues. She hopes more families will read this book and be encouraged by her story. At fourteen hours old, Bryce had a heart murmur that led to a series of surgeries spanning ten years. These procedures tested the author’s family spiritually and physically. Tracy underwent a transformation that helped her understand the healing power and grace of God, and by surrendering to His will and letting Him lead, she found peace and comfort through the storm. Get a copy of this book and be inspired by this family's steadfast faithfulness.

Prayerful Warrior Mom is an emotional story that will make you reflect on the amazing power of prayer. Tracy A. Ripley’s honesty and vulnerability make this book an authentic and unique read. Her ability to keep the reader glued to her story even as she narrates one tragedy after another is a testament to her outstanding writing. Little details like her noticing that her son did not have a name, even when he was connected to many machines after his birth, will pierce your heart and make readers relate to her pain and helplessness. She gives encouraging lessons throughout the book that people can use when facing any calamity, and her prayers are powerful and showcase her spiritual growth. I loved that she had support from her family and friends and joined a group of parents who had children with similar conditions to Bryce. Her lessons on seeking help and accepting it resonated with me, and I hope the book will help more people struggling alone. I highly recommend this book and pray many people read it.

Essien Asian

The one thing Tracy knew she always wanted was to start a family of her own. After she and Rob got married, she looked forward to the joy that would come from having children. When her daughter Reyna was born ten years into her marriage, she took to her new role with gusto, enjoying every moment of it, but nothing prepared her for what she would face when her second child was born. Bryce was born with a defective heart which could have killed him if not for the efforts of the dedicated medical staff and his parents. Prayerful Warrior Mom is Tracy A. Ripley’s moving account of the travails she endured in those early stages of her son’s life.

Tracy A. Ripley opens up on her ordeals of raising a child with Congenital Heart Disease in Prayerful Warrior Mom. She gives the reader a detailed understanding of her background to fully grasp the Christian foundation her faith is based upon. The Bible verses used in introducing the individual chapters of the book are a nice touch and a subtle reminder to turn to the safety of God's word when overcome with worry. Ripley’s references to how she had to balance her family life with meeting quotas at her workplace reflect the pressures millions of working mothers go through daily. This is something many readers will be able to relate to. I found the references to social media for suggestions concerning her son a bit disturbing knowing fully well how dangerous that arena can be but I would prefer to put that down to the desperation of a mother trying to give her offspring the best there is to offer. What I like the most about Ripley’s Prayerful Warrior Mom is the message of hope it radiates, letting others who are going through a similar situation know that they are never alone.