Rich in Love: When God Rescues Messy People by Irene Garcia and Lissa Halls Johnson

Category: biographies and memoirs
Publisher: David C. Cook
Release Date: February 1, 2014
My Rating: 5 stars


Irene and Domingo Garcia began their married lives at sixteen, already expecting a baby. Their first ten years together included Domingo’s alcoholism and abuse, and Irene’s desperate prayers for answers. Then a miracle happened: Domingo pleaded for forgiveness. As God healed their marriage, Irene and Domingo adopted a little girl. And a new season began for an imperfect couple who were willing to say yes to each other and to God.
Over the past forty-five years, the Garcias have birthed, fostered, or adopted thirty-two children. Their story holds difficult endings as well as promising new beginnings. Above all, their story reminds us what can happen when ordinary people submit to God’s call.
Rich in Love is about a family cemented in hope. About a need to love the orphan. And about a God who never, ever gives up.


I was reminded of this book that I reviewed on Goodreads in 2014 today when someone "liked" my review. Due to the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision on January 22, 1973 (44 years ago), many people set aside January as a month to look at the value of human life.  That of the unborn as well as that of the elderly and ill.  Abortion and euthanasia... big topics.  Adoption is a beautiful outcome for many of the children whose birth parents choose life.  While Rich in Love isn't a story about a human's right to life per se, it is a biographical account of life.  Of life altered by a salvific God.  Of a family brought together through God's pleasure.  On to the original review...

I don't often give books a five-star rating. I save it for the truly special books that have touched my heart.

I am blown away continuously in how God can turn our messed up lives into His glorious purposes. The Garcia family is incredibly inspirational and at the same time challenging. Exactly like a well done biblical sermon. 

Take a moment and read this book please. I got it for free on iTunes and at the same time it was free on Amazon. It is wonderful that their Savior is obviously much more important to them than their pocket book as they know that God is faithful in meeting their needs.
(as of this publication date the book is not being offered for free)

I thank my gracious Savior Jesus Christ for loving me unconditionally even when I am unlovable. I also thank Him for giving His people the ability to communicate eloquently their walk in words to inspire us all on our sojourn. Read this book!