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Sarah Jakes: Lost & Found

Everyone has been lost at one time or another. I remember getting lost in a Woolworth store when I was about seven years old. I wandered away from my Mom and did not know where she or my Dad was for an hour or so. I was so relieved to find them again. I was extra careful for a long time after that because I did not want to get lost again. I was also concerned that maybe, they would be lost without me too. I realized, as I got older, that they must have been worried sick about me during that incident as well as other times in my life. I have not always made it easy for them. Sometimes, they could help. Other times, I had to find my way on my own. Either way, they have always been there for me and been very happy when I have found my way.

If my parents felt that way, I imagine Bishop T.D. Jakes and Mrs. Serita Jakes felt the same way watching their daughter, Sarah Jakes, struggle and triumph through everything that she has been through in her young life. Pregnant at thirteen, having a baby at fourteen, graduating from high school with honors at sixteen, going to college early, dropping out of college, marrying at approximately age twenty, having another baby at twenty-one, dealing with a philandering husband, facing her own demons from all the struggles and then some, becoming a blogger and a speaker, becoming an author; and into success again and into the future. Even if she is doing great now, I imagine they both still worry about her as good parents tend to do. However, I imagine they are also very proud of her and are excited to see what she does next. Miss Jakes also seems very happy herself. All of this and much more are detailed in her memoir, Lost & Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life.

In addition to detailing a great deal of her life story, Miss Jakes talks very much about how God has helped her through both the struggles and triumphs of her journey. She hopes that other people can be helped by her book too. I believe that they can be. She has very helpful, religious, and spiritual sayings throughout the book. However, they are not preachy, for lack of a better term. They are sayings about the Higher Power that are much rooted in showing that God has much common sense and He can get you through anything in life. I would highly recommend this memoir to anyone, whether they are experiencing struggles or triumphs. I also believe that this would be another good book for parents / guardians to read with their teenagers ( both girls and boys).