Monday, October 3, 2016

Everything Is Possible: Finding the Faith and Courage to Follow Your Dreams by Jen Bricker

Everything is Possible

When Jen Bricker was born without legs, her shocked biological parents were uncertain they could care for her and gave her up for adoption. In her loving adoptive home, there was just one simple rule: “Never say ‘can’t.'” And pretty soon there was nothing this small but mighty powerhouse set her sights on that she couldn’t conquer, including roller-skating, volleyball, power tumbling, and spinning from silk fabric thirty feet in the air.

Everything Is Possible is her incredible story–a story of God working out his plan for her life frombefore day one. Let Jen show you what you can accomplish when you remove the words coincidence and can’t from your vocabulary.
(excerpt from back of book)

Jen's personality shines through the pages as she lays out her life thus far. In fact, most of her  book reads more as a conversation - bubbly, reflective, and sometimes a bit rambling. 

Everything is Possible covers a wide  variety of topics from adoption and finding one's birth family (this was the reason I was familiar with the author it is quite the story), overcoming adversity, and the transitions which accompany every teen moving into adulthood. Jen's story reads like a tv movie  between her adventures in gymnastics to working at Disney and eventually joining Britney Spears Circus tour. Supported by her adoptive and biological family, Jen steadily reads as a  strong female role model who incorporates faith and optimism into every moment of her life. 
At times I felt a bit conflicted regarding the tone of the book. The author mentions some serious topics but rarely, if ever, loses her optimistic, bubbly tone. This could very well be her personality as it's hard to tell from a biography but, at times, it also felt as if those harder moments weren't given the gravity they  deserved.

I felt this book would be best received by those who enjoy biographies, stories of people overcoming  the odds,  and pre-teen/teen girls who are trying to find their own direction in life.
3.5 out of 5  stars

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."