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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite
Sometimes a special person with extraordinary faith comes along and endures some of the greatest challenges that a person can face with a special kind of grace that bears testimony to the glory of God. The story of Kristen Fersovitch in Ornament by Robert W. Jones is a revelation of the faith of one such extraordinary person. Each chapter is laid out with an ornament of special meaning from the family’s collection and a symbol of Kristen’s special testimony of faith. As one of the ornaments in Alberta Canada’s traditional singing Christmas tree at Central Tabernacle, Kristen was not only living out what she dreamed of as a child, but shone especially bright for everyone who knew her. Everything that she did as a singer was dedicated to the glory of God as was the struggle with inoperable cancer which provided her with only months to live. Besides being a testimony to her faith and the story of her life and battle with cancer, at the end of each chapter there is a practical application for growing the reader’s faith.
We all face tragedy and loss in our lives, but how we deal with those events shows the depth of our faith and the strength which we have within. Ornament is an extraordinary account of an extraordinary faith that brings an enormous opportunity for growth and inspiration throughout. The practical applications at the end of each chapter allow Kristen’s testimony to reach well beyond the extent of her life and continue to allow her to sing in the spirit of all those who read this account of her life. Inspiring, encouraging and full of hope in the midst of tragedy, Ornament continues to sing the songs of the divine child who was born on Christmas day just as Kristen loved to do in celebration of the savior’s birth.