Lost & Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life by Sarah Jakes
About the Book: “The Story of How One Girl Embraced the Truth of Who She Was, Flaws and All, and Decided to Dream Again
Like every girl, Sarah Jakes dreamed of a life full of love, laughter, and happy endings. But her dreams changed dramatically when she became pregnant at age fourteen, a reality only compounded by the fact that her father, Bishop T.D. Jakes, was one of the most influential megachurch pastors in the nation.
As a teen mom and a high-profile preacher’s kid, her road was lonely. She was shunned at school, gossiped about at church. And a few years later, when a fairy-tale marriage ended in a spiral of hurt and rejection, she could have let her pain dictate her future. Instead, she found herself surrounded by a God she’d given up on, crashing headlong with Him into a destiny she’d never dreamed of.
For the first time, she shares her captivating journey. Unflinchingly honest and deeply vulnerable, Sarah’s story is a vivid reminder that God can turn even the deepest pain into His perfection. But more than a memoir, “Lost and Found” offers hope and encouragement to women of all ages who, like Sarah, find themselves wandering the detours of a life–and shows that no matter how lost they feel, they, too, can be found.”
Phone Tree Review: This is one of those book reviews that I want to begin with a, “WOW!” I can promise you that I am not kidding about that. Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life was a story that I found to be extremely raw, outrageously bold, and very, very real, in the best of ways.
Sarah Jakes story was remarkable. It’s a story that I honestly knew nothing about. I cannot imagine the pressure that she felt. Being a PK is an experience within itself, but to be front and center in the public eye while trying to figure out who you are and what you should be about, that’s something. Add to that the typical and atypical bumps and bruises of love, life, family, friendship, and faith. This young woman offered a unique perspective on how to find understanding and hope even in and through the most difficult of hardships.
There was really so much within the pages of this book. There was vulnerability, truth, encouragement, and inspiration. Jakes did not hide behind an image. She did not make excuses. She confessed her mistakes and imparted a wisdom and maturity that can only come through experience, time, and fellowship with the Savior. Her words were powerful and unwavering.
If you want to see what a modern-day prodigal story looks like, then read Sarah’s story. You won’t regret it.
Options: Perfect for women’s and YA ministries, ideal for book club, resource for church library