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Realer Than Real: A True Story of Grace,…

Realer Than Real: A True Story of Grace, Hope, and Healing

by Ryan Wilkins

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Ryan Wilkins has a strong belief in his family, his friends and the lord. Why not? He's where he is today because of all three. He's dug in deep and handed over his heart with his beautiful usage of words.
He loses his beloved younges sister in a horrific accident and his grief takes over his life. Ultimately it contributes to the dissolution of his marriage...and he just swirls even lower. Lots of self-doubt, self-awareness, he reaches out to his pastor,close friends and his future wife and over time- lessons are learned. THEN? His one other sister is rammed by a truck and HER life is changed forever.
Can you say OVERLOAD? Wilkins stumbles through his days and over time, with the aid of prayer, and honesty within himself he pulls hiself up by his britches and moves forward.
This is Ryans story. A lot of bible references as he leans on his belief in GOD to see him through. The pain and beauty of his sisters' lives. Add the love and understanding of those he reaches out to , and voila....it's REALER THAN REAL.
  linda.marsheells | Apr 8, 2014 |
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“Compelling, gritty, heartbreaking, beautiful, humorous, and altogether God-honoring . . . a real work from the heart” are just a few words readers have used to describe Realer Than Real, a true story of a Nebraska family’s journey to find grace, hope, and healing amidst tragedy, regret, and disappointment. The tale is told by Ryan, the Wilkins family’s only son, who chronicles a life-changing loss the family suffered in 2004, the tragedy’s impact on the family, and the unique, winding, complex spiritual paths each family member walked before intersecting in the wake of new misfortune. With candor and perceptiveness, Ryan develops characters the reader feels he or she knows. He displays a remarkable willingness to be transparent and vulnerable in all aspects of the personal struggle, grief, and suffering that his family endured, individually and collectively. He seamlessly weaves humor and insight around heavy subjects—including death, disability, divorce, and abuse, among others—and breathes life into the family’s high and lows, incredible miracles and devastating tragedies, in a way that is both honest and instructive. Cumulatively, the Wilkins family’s struggles and setbacks over the past decade seemingly defy all probability that one group could endure so many traumatic events over a relatively short period of time and come through it stronger, not weaker. But through reliance on their Christian faith and an outpouring of community support, the family withstood and grew through these trials, learning much about God and themselves in the process. With insight and vulnerability, Realer Than Real captures the struggle, pursuit, perseverance, and restoration that accompany faith. The book will captivate readers across walks of life, inspiring them to behold their blessings and to trust God through their trials. “Once you begin reading, it is almost impossible to stop.”

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