Come Alive by Elora Ramirez | A book review
by You Have My Word
Just when you think the darkness cannot get any deeper, Stephanie is suffocated with disaster. Just when you think there is no way out, Stephanie takes a breath and decides to believe in the power of story and of hope.
Come Alive is alive – the words will rip straight through you. Stephanie’s story is one of abuse and broken trust. She is a girl with a story, but without a voice; this book speaks for so many who will never get to tell their story at all. At times it took all courage to keep turning the pages because the horror of the reality is so up close; I cannot begin to imagine the courage it took for Elora to pen all these words.
This book is nothing short of exquisitely exceptional. When I say this book was an “easy read” I’m referring only to the style in which it was written – fluid. The characters are well drawn – some beautiful, some wretched and creepy. In a way, the reader is able to live within each character for certain moments getting to see glimpses of how they think, how they’re hurting, how they survive. There is a constant struggle between dark and light, pain and victory, in each person’s life.
The love and support and pursuit of those around Stephanie is a blatant reminder of the lengths that God will go for us to bring restoration. It’s daunting and undeserved and refreshing. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lam 3:22-23 ESV) The truth of this verse rings loud and clear throughout the book; Stephanie loves watching sunrises – I’m beginning to understand why, more and more.
If you have lost hope, you need to read this book and know that it’s possible to find it again. If you have found hope, you need to read this book and remind yourself of the victory. If you have stopped believing in yourself, you need to see evidence of the power of story. If you have always believed in yourself, you need to read this to catch a glimpse of the despair others feel so you can draw alongside them.