The things that matter when hope is hard to find
By Rhonda Watson
IVP. 188 pages. £7.99
ISBN 978 1 844 745 456

This book is about the author’s experience with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Rhonda Watson was in the prime of her life with a fulfilling career as a lecturer and consultant when, at the age of 55, she was diagnosed with MND. MND leaves people unable to walk, talk or feed themselves, but the intellect and the senses usually remain unaffected. A prolific communicator, now Rhonda found herself forced into silence, unable to speak. Yet inside she felt a ‘pent-up river of words’ and, to ease the sense of overload, poured them into her book.

Remember is a mixture of narrative, poetry, and quotations literal and scriptural. It is rugged, honest, painful and joyous, and grounded in Christ. A small caveat concerns Rhonda’s assertion that God specifically planned the disease for her, that ‘He purposed it before I was born.’ Readers who do not agree could skip pages 43 and 44.

There are eight chapters in this small book: Beauty and ugliness, Silence and speech, Fear and trust, Thankfulness and bitterness, Joy and grief, Delight and despair, Awake or asleep, Life and death. In each one you follow as Rhonda hacks her way with the Word of God through dark jungles of towering emotions, among them fear and grief, anger and bitterness. She comes through into the light of the Scriptures, into oases of acceptance and peace. In Thankfulness and bitterness she writes; ‘Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me ’
(2 Corinthians 12.9-10).

Remember tackles issues that affect all of us at one time or another. Who hasn’t known fear, or grief, or loss? Who doesn’t need encouraging to trust in Jesus? Remember is a good book to keep by you to dip into at those times.

Louise Morse, 
Media and Communications, Pilgrim Friends Society