Book Review: ‘Not By Accident’ by Isabel Fleece

I cannot say enough good things about this book.  I read it over and over in the early months after Hans left us and was greatly encouraged.  Mrs. Fleece is a wise and gentle woman whose writing style is both comforting and instructional.

Not By Accident: What I Learned from My Son’s Untimely Death tells the story of the loss of the Fleece’s teenage son, Ned, in a car crash.  Its sixty-one pages are arranged into very short chapters, the theme of each being: what “I Learned . . .”

Here is an excerpt:

“I learned . . . to rest in the full meaning of this Word from God: ‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever’ (Hebrews 13:8).  I learned to think upon the constancy of Christ – the eternal unchangeableness of our Lord Jesus – who is the same yesterday and today and forever.

In the late afternoon . . . of a happy family holiday, suddenly everything changed.  Our hearts, our minds, our hopes, our home, our future, our plans, our present – all were changed.  One moment Ned, our dearly beloved – tall, straight, full of life, full of fun, full of all the expectancy of youth – stood in the surf casting for fish, of which he laughingly promised me an abundance for supper.  Hours later his body lay in a funeral parlor.  Change?  Never was there more sudden or certain change.  It was as though the whole earth changed.  Our beings rocked and reeled before the change, and it seemed as if some horrible explosion shook the foundations of the world.  It was a change so quick, so final, so devastating, that our senses failed beneath the blow.

But there was one unchanging fact, one unalterable certainty.  Jesus Christ was the same.”

This small book is brimming with Truth.  And if Truth is what you are looking for, you will not be disappointed.

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