Review: “Miracle Play” by Lynn McMonigal


Ten-year-old Jacob Thomas is rapidly losing his battle with leukemia. His mother, Whitney, begs God to spare her only child. When the doctors suggest a new treatment plan, Whitney hesitates. To save her son, she will have to face a past she would rather forget.

Reese Jordan should be basking in the glow of new motherhood. Instead, she fears that her premature daughter may not survive. Her little girl could save a life–the life of a boy she never knew existed. Reese just doesn’t know if she can make that choice.

God has blessed both women in ways they don’t think they deserve. Can they trust that He will provide each of them with just one more miracle?


I am a wife, mother, writer, and Christ-follower. When I was 12, I knew that I would someday write novels. I just didn’t expect it would take me 20 years to really devote myself to writing. Funny how quickly things fell into place when I stopped running from God and started doing what He asked.

My books are inspired by friends and family or by dreams that I have. All of my stories are rooted in a love of Christ and a belief that He loves us, no matter what mistakes we have made in our lives.

I make my home in Jackson, MI, with my husband of 12 years and our three sons.

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My Review:

Miracle Play, by Lynn McMonigal, is about ten-year-old Jacob Thomas, an only child of his single mom, Whitney.  He’d survived leukemia as a five-year-old, but it had returned with a vengeance.  To save his life, Jacob needed a bone marrow transplant, only Whitney isn’t a match.  Is she willing to reveal the father’s name in order to find a match?

Reese and Blake Jordan were surprised with an unexpected pregnancy fourteen years after their last child, and she was high risk because of her age and medical conditions brought on by the pregnancy.   Due to the premature birth of Miracle Grace, Reese was given the opportunity to provide Miracle’s placenta blood for this ten-year-old boy who needed a bone marrow transplant.  Emotionally, is she willing to make that decision?

A secret from the past had brought about a fallout between Reese and Blake, which is bad enough, but it also destroyed the relationships between the parents and their children.

Lynn does an excellent job in describing the repercussions  between husband and wife and their children when indiscretions are revealed.  The situations are volatile and very real.  The feelings of betrayal are enormous and seem insurmountable.  Without the grace of God and forgiveness between family members, the marriage will crumble.  Are each of the family members willing to forgive and move on?

On the other end, Whitney’s distress over watching Jacob struggle with the onslaughts of leukemia a second time and the realization that the bone marrow transplant may not ‘take’ are heart-wrenching.  It’s Jacob’s last chance.  Will Jacob recover from leukemia and continue his life with his mom and step-dad?

A few drawbacks are some typos and name mix-ups.   Yes, I prefer the book be edited more closely, but they didn’t detract from the book for me.  The characters could have been a little more fleshed out, but the main issues involved were expressed well.  The choice to believe, pray and forgive were present throughout the book, knowing that God was in control of all the circumstances and outcomes.

You will also get to learn a little about The Swihart Follies, which is a team taking part in the Relay for Life.

This book was provided by the author in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was exchanged.


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