Eight Twenty Eight: When Love Didn’t Give Up by Ian & Larissa Murphy

Eight Twenty Eight

What if that thing you really feared happened? Would the joy you hold pop? Or would you experience love and joy deeper than you can imagine

They met in college and fell in love. They talked about getting married, and he started looking for a ring. They dreamed about life together, a life of beauty and joy, raising babies and laughing with friends and growing old.

They did not imagine a car accident. They did not imagine his brain injury. They did not dream about the need for constant care and a wheelchair and fear that food might choke him.

And they could not have imagined how persistent love would be. Theirs and God’s.

Ian and Larissa Murphy tell their story of love in Eight Twenty Eight. Except, it’s not just their love story. Really, it’s yours as well. Read and gain a picture of love that will challenge all you think you know about what is true and what persists. – from author’s website.

This was an inspiring book about how Larissa stayed with her boyfriend, Ian in spite of his brain injury and their love for each other. I could feel along with Larissa as she tells their story and was inspired by how God worked through their lives. I liked how they flipped between the past and the present (at the time of the writing), however, at times it was a little confusing knowing the timeline of their story. I thought a coma was when the person was asleep so I was a little confused as to what constituted as a coma because she often talked about him still being in a coma after he had already been awake and after he had gone home. It would have been nice to have got some clarification on that. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it.

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