About the Book
Have you ever asked, "God, where are you? How could you let this happen to me? How can something good ever come out of this horrible situation?"
These were the questions Patricia Jones asked God during the 133 days her baby spent in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) fighting for her life. The faith Patricia had stood on most of her life would be challenged when she found herself questioning God’s promise, plan, and purpose.
In this moving memoir, Jones writes about her family's search for answers and the miracles they experienced in the midst of the biggest storm of their lives. She learned to walk out her faith – not just quote Biblical verses. This is a story of how faith, hope and love helped one family triumph over pain, and the hidden treasures they discovered during their journey.
Jones reminds us that God can truly work miracles and that the lessons we learn from our most difficult trials can bring us the greatest joy and peace of heart.
The only thing I can say is that I read this book and time stood still. I was riveted by all the horrors that Patricia recounts in vivid detail, and even wept when I thought about having a child in the NICU for that long! If you ever feel like complaining, read this book. I was amazed how well Patrica captures the essence of a miracle, and the immense treasures that lie in hardship. I think her journal entries those last days in the NICU were particularly effective in recreating the memories for readers. The book is also an eye-opener; for example I never knew that the divorce rate skyrockets for couples with a an extended NICU stay. In any event, after all Patricia experienced and endured, first-hand, she undoubtedly makes an incredibly empathic social worker. This book will also give hope to so many women, couples, and families in similar circumstances.
A Miracle in the Making, a memoir of a God loving and trusting woman and her family, will leave you wondering how any new parents can deal with the challenges of bringing a 24 week old babe into this world....and watching for five long months as that little one struggles to grow...to survive. This read was enthralling and although my heart broke reading the journal entries Ms. Batoba Jones kept during those months, I found myself being touched with a great sense of joy as this family places their trust in God and simply chooses to believe...to know in their hearts and souls...that their baby girl will make it. THANK YOU Patricia for sharing your tale so that others having to cope with the horrors and fear of such an early birth can gain hope and trust.
Having spent time in the NICU with our daughter this book really hit home for me. And yes it made me cry. The authors rawness and honesty about her own fears and doubts made mine feel validated and her unwavering faith was such an encouragement. Anyone who's spent time in the NICU with a there change or know someone who has should read this book.
This book was an easy read, well written book about being a parent of a premature baby. The scary and overwhelming NICU journey, and gives hope to parents in similar situations. I am a mom of a 25 week gestation little girl, however our outcome ended in the tragic death and loss of our little Angel. This story had me shed tears of both happiness and sadness.
Great Read. Touching memoir. Testament to life
About the Author
Born and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Patricia Batoba Jones moved to the United States at the age of 15 with her family in pursuit of the American dream. She obtained her Master's degree in social work from Texas A & M University-Commerce. She is a licensed clinical social worker and enjoys helping her clients improve their quality of life. She is a devout Christian, wife, mother, author and speaker. She’s passionate about being transparent and sharing her life lessons with others in the hope of empowering them to live life to the fullest. Patricia lives in McKinney, Texas with her husband and daughter and shares her life’s lessons of faith, hope and love at www.apurelove.com.