Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God by Sarah M. Johnson | Review

Sarah M. Johnson's Life is BeautifulLife is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God takes you on a full journey of trauma, loss, and finally resilience. While on a mission’s trip in Guatemala, a small Cessna Caravan’s engine blows while carrying fourteen passengers. Unfortunately, the Cessna crashes in a remote village, leaving eleven of the fourteen passengers dead. One passenger, Sarah, shares her story in “Life is Beautiful”, about the deaths of her father and brother; her mother’s extreme physical and emotional injuries, and Sarah’s self-discovery to accept this new life.

Life is Beautiful, however, is more than a story about an airplane crash. Life is Beautiful shares the personal struggles of Sarah’s father’s drug use, his recovery, and redemption to be a better person. He gives back by doing missions work in Africa, takes in Sarah’s aunt dying of uterine cancer, and eventually leads their family to the mountains of Guatemala. Sarah also discusses her struggles with alcohol use and depression; where she eventually hits rock bottom. It is not until she starts seeking God through prayer, books, and therapy, where she starts to turn her life around.

Life is Beautiful is not only a unique story, but it shows the strength of God’s Will. When all hope is lost, she never gives up on God. This story is a true testimony of God’s love for His people, and when one seeks a spiritual journey and connection with God; He gives back in love, forgiveness, and happiness.dividerBook Details:
  Life is Beautiful

Author: Sarah M. Johnson
Genre: Self-Help | Death | Grief | Bereavement
Publisher:  Morgan James Publishing
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Format: Paperback
Pages: 187
ISBN: 9781630474867
Source: Author via Publicist
Lizzy and Jane

FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of Life is Beautiful from the author via her publicist, Kelsey McBride of Book Publicity Services, in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are mine.divider

My Take




I remember all of the emotions, the trees whipping by, everything happening so fast, dad yelling, Here we go, and mom screaming, Stop it. I remember my brother Zachary looking back at me, his eyes bright with fear as I prayed God please…

And so begins Sarah M. Johnson’s recollection of the day her life changed forever. She had already been through troubles in her own life, with her dad’s drug abuse and alcoholism, and her dad’s redemption.

Compounding her dad’s problems and Sarah’s is her mother’s understandable anger for her husband’s fall to the dark side of drugs and alcohol. Her anger doesn’t help Sarah as her mom attempts to guide Sarah’s life in a different direction. And then there’s Zach, Sarah’s younger brother. It seems as if the youngest in the family tries to hold together everyone else.

Devastatingly tragic and sad, Sarah writes beautifully about all she has been through in her short life. Her ability to cope with being all alone in a foreign country where she doesn’t speak the language and where she knows no one is amazing. I often wanted to reach through the pages and grab Sarah and hold her as she struggled to watch her mom recover from her injuries from the crash.

And life didn’t become easier for the two women after they arrived back home. Sarah’s mom’s expectations of her were tremendous. There was no way Sarah could be all things to all people. As Sarah writes about this time, the tension rising from the pages is hot and palpable. You want to get them both into counseling NOW.

I could go on writing all the things Sarah went through but she has written Life is Beautiful, and I should let her tell you her story.


I cannot recommend Sarah’s story and her search for hope and a God who can walk this tragic journey with her highly enough. Her writing is so touching, her story so life-affirming in her relationship with God, and when you read her biography, you learn so much more about Sarah.

5 star rating

Today it gives me great pleasure to rate Life is Beautiful as a five-star read. I don’t get to do this very often and when I do, it is a gratifying feeling.

My best to Sarah as she continues on with living.

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Author Bio n Links



Author Sarah H. Johnson

Sarah M. Johnson is currently a graduate student seeking her Marriage and Family Therapy degree. She will graduate in 2015. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. After graduating, she plans to open up a private practice office and guide those who are seeking their own self-discoveries of love and happiness.

Sarah believes that adversity is a gateway for change, and that through the difficult times of sorrow, loss, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, disease, or other mental illness, we can use this adversity to self-explore and change for the better. We must not run away from the adversity, but face it, heal, and use this particular adversity as a learning lesson.

We all have the capacity to be happy and love ourselves; but we must utilize all necessary support systems, medical professionals, mental health professionals, Religious affiliations, (and many more that I am not mentioning) to help us find the Power Within. The Power Within helps us to accept our adversity and create necessary change for a life of love and happiness.

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4 thoughts on “Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God by Sarah M. Johnson | Review

    1. Powerful writing and a powerful story! I couldn’t stop my tears sometimes, and sometimes I couldn’t read any more. It was, for me, a read some and wait awhile for the next dose kind of book. I am so in awe of this young woman’s strength and courage it is hard to express. Thanks for stopping by, CJ.


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