Dancing in the Minefields: One Woman’s Faith Journey through Child-loss, Addiction, and Adversity by Maribeth Ditmars reveals her personal journey of faith through life’s most heart-wrenching of events.
Rob and Maribeth were like any other young couple starting a family. Maribeth had envisioned a perfect life and a healthy family. Yet, when tragedy struck in the form of childhood leukemia in their eldest son, Chris, life dramatically changed forever. Through the minefields of childhood cancer they persevered. The battle was a life and death struggle. Adversity took its toll on this family in many different forms, namely alcoholism with Maribeth and her husband, which slowly eroded their marriage. Then addiction became their daughter’s choice and eventually, her master. In her poignant, touching, and candid testimony, Maribeth opens her heart, offering faith and hope to those that have experienced child-loss and dealt with addiction. In sharing this beautiful story, she hopes that through the storms of adversity others will see triumph through Jesus.
Despite these trials, even in the midst of death, God was with this family. Maribeth openly admits that before Chris’s diagnosis, being a Christian was only an obligation. Her humor is revealed in her snappy quips that capture the essence of her spiritual state. As such, her book reveals her progression through 12 step programs and the precious faith that Chris displayed in his battle. Each chapter begins with a powerful scripture verse that describes each phase of her struggle, truly making one understand the truth of God’s Word. As she elaborates on the timeline of their story, her writing speaks to the many parents, friends, sisters, brothers, etc., that have grappled with these types of life storms. She eloquently, yet matter of factly, offers her struggles and solutions regarding dependency on alcohol, child-loss, and marital stress.
As intimacy with God is developed and transformation begins to bud, her book tells the progress of going from faltering faith to a powerful faith that withstands the trials.
Dancing in the Minefields is one of those books that will touch your mind, spirit and heart, allowing faith and hope to come, despite death. For those that have lost loved ones, her book offers practical tips on finding strength in God despite the tragedies of this fallen world. This book can also be used as a ministry tool to give to others that are suffering through cancer, grief and addiction. Keep in mind that this book speaks to readers to not give up, reach out to others in their suffering, reach out to others in your own suffering and most of all to remember that God can heal, save, and deliver. She points others to the eternity of Heaven and helps those who have lost ones to remember that they will see them again. I truly appreciate and love this book! You will too.
This book comes highly recommended for all that have suffered through loss of children, addiction, and/or grief.