Carol Kent is not only a highly sought-after speaker, she is also a genuine hero. Her work of the past decade has primarily circled around her devastating experience that involved her only son Jason when he was convicted of murdering his wife’s ex-husband.
It has been 14 years since Jason was incarcerated, and during these long years, much has taken place and changed for Kent and her husband, Gene. They left Michigan for Florida to be closer to their son, their beloved granddaughters and daughter-in-law exited their life for some years, and they’ve had deaths in their family. Still, the most difficult constant has been the reality of their only child’s lifelong prison sentence, and it is around this ongoing “trial” that Kent has learned to live life above her circumstances. Thus the foundation for her newest title, UNQUENCHABLE, which is all about living with joy despite even the most dire of situations.
"Despite what Kent has gone through, it is her courage, transparency and joyous outlook that are so contagious. You will read this enlightening and encouraging work, longing for more of the same."
Kent, being the engaging storyteller that she is, does just that throughout each chapter of this highly contagious book. Not only does she tell stories from her own life, she also shares the emotional ups and downs of other women who are facing down their singularly painful “prison sentence.” Her essays continually weave themselves through Scripture and provide hope and help to readers along the way. Not only does she offer readers biblical examples of trial and triumph, she guides Christ followers through the lingering emotional storminess that accompany each trial.
Likening each chapter title to the various types of “fire” individuals will go through in life, Kent offers her fans these inviting topics to explore: when the fire goes out; the firestorm; enduring embers; burning bushes; the spark; tending the fire; piercing the darkness; the refiner’s fire; when flame meets flame; and unquenchable faith. One of Kent’s most telling chapters, “The Firestorm,” includes the biblical account of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, where they were thrown into the fiery furnace. Kent reminds readers that during those fiery moments when we feel like we are in our own blazing furnace of trouble, God does several things that we need to remember. Our God is the God who rescues. Our God is the God of the flame. Our God is with us in the fire.
Kent consistently has a way of inviting readers back to the Cross, back to the eternal truth that no matter how we suffer today, Jesus and His grace are enough…more than enough, in fact. Despite what Kent has gone through, it is her courage, transparency and joyous outlook that are so contagious. You will read this enlightening and encouraging work, longing for more of the same.
Reviewed by Michele Howe on February 19, 2014