Today, She Is contains the coming-of-age story of Molly Miltenberger Murray who was the miracle that lived. Run over by a boat when she was 15, Molly wasn’t expected to live, yet did. Rather than telling her story as a series of concrete events filled with medical terms, Molly takes us into her mind and it’s thoughts and feelings. Rather than just say “I was in pain” Molly describes her pain by painting pictures with her words that capture what was going on inside of the brain she felt trapped by.
The twinges snap in and snap out. Better than the days when I can’t hear at all and I swim through my head to register the scene in front of me; like looking in the glass of an aquarium; from her, I am looking out, trying to lip-read what they are saying but I am so bad at it. (p. 47)
This book was a little confusing to me at first. Molly’s style of writing is very different than the other types of concussion survival stories that I had gotten used to reading. It took me a few chapters to get in to it, but once I did, I really appreciated the artful way that she painted pictures of how she was feeling. Instead of just reading and understanding, I felt along with Molly as she recovered from her accident, and that made reading this book exhausting (in the best way!) as I was not only re-living Molly’s feelings, but my own feelings were layered in there too.
Who would I recommend this book too? Anyone!
On a personal note, Molly’s husband Gordon is being called to be an assistant pastor at my church. They’ll be moving from Scotland to Oregon this fall and I’m so excited to hang out with her more!