Two years ago, there was a short video floating around on that kept getting shared and reposted on facebook. You may remember Ian & Larissa. If you don’t, go search for The Story of Ian and Larissa (original) and watch it on youtube. I remember being so inspired by the type of pure love that they exemplified through their story.
It’s a beautiful story, and unlike one I’ve ever heard before.
A few months ago, I became aware that they had just released a brand-new book called Eight Twenty Eight. And then recently, I just happened to be in Lifeway and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that they had them on sale for $5.
What if that thing you really feared happened? Would the joy you hold pop? Or would you experience love and joy deeper than you can imagine?
They met in college and fell in love. They talked about getting married… They dreamed about life together, a life of beauty and joy, raising babies and laughing with friends and growing old.
They did not imagine a car accident. They did not imagine his brain injury. They did not dream about the need for constant care and a wheelchair and fear that food might choke him.
And they could not have imagined how persistent love would be. Theirs and God’s.
I was so blessed and challenged by Larissa’s honesty in her journey of going through the accident, struggling to accept the “new” Ian while still hanging onto memories of the “old” Ian, and finally coming to grips with reality. Their marriage is marked with incredible unselfishness and pure God-given love.
And now… in honor of the gift-giving season that is coming up quite rapidly, I am giving away a copy of Eight Twenty Eight. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment and tell me about someone you admire.
Open to US residents only. Giveaway closes at midnight on November 30th. Winner will be announced on Monday, December 1st.