Under the Rainbow: A mother’s experiences of the promises of God by Catherine Campbell
This new edition of Under the Rainbow is Catherine Campbell’s experiences of the promises of God during her time raising three children, two of which were born with microcephaly, a debilitating disability. The two girls born with this disability, Cheryl and Joy, were wonderful children who seemed to bring great joy to the Catherine, Philip, and their brother Paul. This book is a real shot to the veins because it will make you cry, rejoice, laugh, and praise God all in a few pages. The heart wrenching ups and downs and seeing Catherine’s young daughters endure so much pain, surgeries, and sickness was enough to leave the reader with overwhelming sadness. Yet, although there were many times of despair and questions to God about why these things were happening, she faced the Lord with all the brutal honesty of a mother going through extreme circumstances.
The uncanny tenderness of a mother’s love for her daughter came through in the pages of this book. You see Catherine’s tenderness carried it in her actions toward Cheryl. Catherine writes, “Because we are spiritual beings, I believe that God’s Holy Spirit can reach into the place we know little about. And so I would pray that He would give Cheryl peace – as only He could. When things were difficult, and she struggled for breath, I would sing to her of the promise that God had given to me when I fought against His plan for me life and that of my first born….Later, many people, including nursing staff, remarked on their sense that Cheryl had such a peace about her – it was almost like an aura. On those occasions I knew that God had answered my prayer” (114). The sweet singing and prayers of Catherine had a marked effect on Cheryl. The sleepless nights and multiple surgeries were worth every cent to Catherine, as she loved Cheryl to the end. Passing on the deep well springs of her Christian faith to Cheryl, Catherine longed for the day when Cheryl would have a new body.
Catherine brought up a point that is worth mentioning in this beautifully written book. She writes, “But I have also learned how important it is to accept help when it’s offered! Many of us turn away ministering angels because we don’t want it to appear that we can’t manage by ourselves. Pride then blocks the answers to our prayers, and then blames God for the burden we think we must carry alone” (100). Whether it’s a hot meal, a friend to sit with us or a family to take care of our little ones, help comes in all different ways. Yet, the very point of being the body of Christ is to meet the needs of others through sacrificial acts of love. Not only this but these ministering angels or friends offered up prayers on Catherine’s behalf when was not able to pray. The unburdening of all the emotional weigh that we carry should be shouldered by others in our midst.
Your heart will be moved and if you’re like me, your eyes will be watery with tears after reading this book. Catherine rests upon the grace of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, and this fact is evident on every page of the book. I know this book will be a great encouragement to people raising kids with disabilities, families coping with loss, and everyone who desires to suffer well with God as their guide.
Thanks to Monarch Books and Kregel Publications for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.