Book Review title

Fragile Yet Strong
by Kevin Zeng
Taiwan Foundation for Rare Disorders, (6F., No. 20, Changchun Rd., Zhongshan District, Taipei City 104, Taiwan (R.O.C.) 2009, 269 pages, (paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-986-84920-6-6

Fragile Yet Strong
      cover We have published a number of books dealing with the challenge of disabilities and how to deal with them from a Christian standpoint. We started with Timothy, My Son and Teacher about our son born with blindness, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and schizophrenia. We published a book about diabetes written by my wife Phyllis, adult physical disability by Ralph Scott, congenital problems of missing limbs by Jim McDoniel, and infertility by the Pearl family.

This book was not published by us, but follows the same pattern. It is about a baby born with Myotubular Myopathy and is subtitled: The Eight Lessons that Qing Qing Taught Me. The lessons are preparation, acceptance, priorities, no fear in love, happiness, learning, the flow of love, and heaven. In this book the Zengs alternate between letters to their daughter who is critically ill (and eventually dies), to explanations for the reader about what was happening and how they coped with their daughter’s chronic illness. Their personal emotional roller coaster, the way in which their other children were involved, how church members supported and helped them, and their personal dependence on God are all a part of this story.

There are a lot of good lessons in this book. They include such things as how to find help, how the church can make a difference, how you can build your marriage and work together on what seems like an overwhelming problem, and the eight virtues that experiences like this can build into active Christians. This is a very informative book, a very emotional book, and a book that can leave you thinking, “Wow! Thank God for the blessing He has given me!”

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