In Capable Arms: Living a Life Embraced by Grace (Abingdon Press)
by Sarah Kovac
Many people struggle with insecurities and feelings of not quite being “enough” in some way. Sarah Kovac, author of the new book In Capable Arms, knows this feeling all too well. She was born with a rare condition called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, which left her shoulders, arms and fingers shortened and lacking muscle. Her arms do not bend and can only be used for a little light lifting and opening doors; she relies on her feet for anything involving dexterity, including typing, putting on makeup, cooking and even changing diapers for her two children.
Growing up, it was not only her physical challenges that caused Sarah to struggle, but — and perhaps causing even more acute frustration — the intense longing to fit in with others, to be recognized for qualities other than her disability. Though she could easily (and understandably) have made the choice to shut down and avoid people after enduring years of stares, rude comments and feelings of rejection, she has allowed God to open her heart and minister grace both to and through her. She says that though her circumstances may be somewhat unique, “really our stories are all very similar. We all battle fear. We all wonder if we are doing enough; if we are enough. We have all felt stabs of rejection and let someone tell us what we’re worth.”
Sarah’s emotional honesty leaps off the pages, as she shares about experiencing suicidal thoughts growing up, clawing for respect and independence, and learning to adapt to the changes that came with marriage and motherhood. Through sharing her powerful story, she hopes to encourage others who may be suffering silently. She has discovered that when she chose to be vulnerable, “I found that everyone else was just as messed up and scared and broken as I am. Some hide it better than others, some have the world fooled, and some fool themselves, but everyone’s a mess, and everyone needs grace and help.” For more information about this remarkable lady, visit SarahKovac.com.