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Lisa Elliott
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March 1 2012 1770694307 978-1770694309
On August 12, 2008, Lisa Elliott received the phone call that changed her life forever. It was from her husband, David, on his way to the hospital emergency with their 18-year-old son Ben who was subsequently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. After a one year and one week valiant battle, Ben was promoted to his heavenly home. Throughout his life, but even throughout his death, Ben's Christ-like attitude became an inspiration for thousands around the world who followed updates Lisa posted on a Facebook blog entitled, "Prayer for Benjamin Elliott". It was appropriately re-titled, "The Ben Ripple" upon his death. This is not just an ordinary "journal", but a victorious and candid "journey" of one faith-filled mother who sought to use her story for the glory of God through her pain, loss and grief. It provides validation for those dealing with a family crisis, hope and inspiration for those who are grieving losses, and practical help for those desiring to come alongside those needing comfort.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring April 24 2012
Format:Paperback
This book is a moving account of the life of Ben Elliot, whose one life of pain, loss, and grief, brings about many ripples of joy, hope, and love. Written by his mum, the daily "raw journal" was meant to help Lisa process her inner thoughts and turmoil surrounding the discovery of Ben's leukemia. It is a life changing experience not just for Ben but for many friends and loved ones who surround him. His story has also made waves on the social media front, especially the Facebook blog called "Prayer for Benjamin Elliot" or "The Ben Ripple." The first journal entry begins on Sunday, August 17th, 2008, and the last on August 18th, 2010.

The prayers express Lisa's helplessness with regards to Ben's condition, but hopefulness with regards to trusting God's hand to work according to God's time and will. It speaks of the deep desire to get back to a "normal" life, but only seems to become a "new normal" in which the whole family tries to make the best of Ben's remission, or whatever sense of normalcy the Lord allows for. It reveals the courage and love life of Ben: Sarah, and how the love of the family drives them to seek out a bone marrow transplant. Chemotherapy brings about a deeper emotional challenge amid the physical angst. If Ben was suffering physically, the rest of the family was enduring emotional stress. Christmas becomes more like "Christ"-mess. The much talked about faith becomes a real life journey of faith happening before their very eyes. Every hope of Plan A has been supported by thoughts of Plan B. Finally, after all the mad rush for cures and treatments, freedom and living begins when Ben simply seeks to be assured that any option does not matter, as long as the family will stand with him regardless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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As someone that has experienced a variety of losses, the subtitle of this book "Choosing to LIVE through LOSS with PURPOSE" grabbed my attention.

The Ben Ripple chronicles Ben Elliott's battle with Leukemia, and the open and transparency of Ben's Mom Lisa Elliott provided, via a Facebook group.

The raw emotions and roller coaster experiences that Lisa wrote in this book make you feel like a part of the family.

Being a part of Care ministry at my church, real life experiences that Lisa describes are helpful for those dealing with losses.

I highly recommend this book, and remind everyone to cherish every moment of your lives, and the relationships you have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring & Emotional... April 12 2012
By Carla
Format:Paperback
I don't even know where to start with this one honestly... I am in complete awe & admiration of Lisa's candid outlook on her sons life & death, and her faith-filled journey through what would ultimately become her sons final year on earth. What an inspiration Lisa and her entire family are, but especially her inspiring son Ben, who not only inspired others through his fight with ALL (Leukemia) which eventually took his life, but has given so many people a new outlook on life, and death. This wonderful book is filled with Lisa's grace and God's goodness even through the times when we think He's abandoned us. The Ben Ripple is an inspiring and inspirational read, sure to give you a new outlook onlife and appreciation for all the "little things" in life.

Oh, and don't forget the Kleenex, you're going to need it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story of Life and Death April 3 2012
By Louise Jolly TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Story Description:

On August 12, 2008, Lisa Elliott received the phone call that changed her life forever. It was from her husband, David, on his way to the hospital emergency with their 18-year-old son, Ben who was subsequently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. After a one year and one week valiant battle, Ben was promoted to his heavenly home. Throughout his life, but even throughout his death, Ben's Christ-like attitude became an inspiration for thousands around the world who followed updates Lisa posted on a Facebook blog entitled, "Prayer for Benjamin Elliott". It was appropriately re-titled, "The Ben Ripple" upon his death. This is not just an ordinary "journal", but a victorious and candid "journey" of one faith-filled mother who sought to use her story for the glory of God through her pain, loss and grief. It provides validation for those dealing with a family crisis, hope and inspiration for those who are grieving losses, and practical help for those desiring to come alongside those needing comfort.

My Review:

Once you've read THE BEN RIPPLE, you'll be unlikely to ever forget who Ben was and what he stood for. This was a young man stricken down with a horrible disease and taken at the prime of his life. A very courageous and inspiring young man who tried, valiantly, to get on with life even in the face of death. His deep faith prevented him from self-pity and he whole-heartedly believed he was going Home to live out his eternal life.

Ben's mother, Lisa is one very loving and brave mother with an unwavering faith in her God. Using her journals and scripture she told her story of what is was like to continue loving and parenting a son who was dying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwrenching May 4 2013
By Sharon Schultz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Being a mother, this book brought me to tears many times reading the diary entries. It is a book I can relate to in some ways as our son had a massive stroke at age 37. However, he did survive - cannot imagine how hard it would be to move ahead in your life and get over the grief. Only with the help of God.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad and Inspiring Jan. 16 2013
By Linda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
`The Ben Ripple' is a have-a-hankie-handy type of story. No doubt, you will often shed sad tears, other times happy tears and there will be times when they'll be falling simultaneously, just like they did for me. I closed the book, after reading the last page and was somewhat emotionally drained. Granted, nobody wants to read a book that has you blinking away tears for half the time, but this one is so worth it! After just a few pages, Lisa Elliott drew me into this poignant and powerful story and I found myself sitting at Ben's bedside as this close-knit family rallied around their son and brother. Along with laughing and crying with them, I was in awe how their ever-present faith in God helped them cope through an extremely trying time, at the same time sending `Ben Ripples' to many different parts of the world, through Lisa's online journal. This young man's strength, courage and positive outlook in the face of affliction is a shining example of what a Christ-filled life looks like. Ben never lost his focus on God and is still making a profound impact on people, years after he's gone to his heavenly Home. "Why should we waste our time asking, `Why?', when instead we can sit back and just say, `Wow!'?"
Book has been provided courtesy of Word Alive Press and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available now from your favourite bookseller.
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring April 24 2012
By Dr Conrade Yap - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a moving account of the life of Ben Elliot, whose one life of pain, loss, and grief, brings about many ripples of joy, hope, and love. Written by his mum, the daily "raw journal" was meant to help Lisa process her inner thoughts and turmoil surrounding the discovery of Ben's leukemia. It is a life changing experience not just for Ben but for many friends and loved ones who surround him. His story has also made waves on the social media front, especially the Facebook blog called "Prayer for Benjamin Elliot" or "The Ben Ripple." The first journal entry begins on Sunday, August 17th, 2008, and the last on August 18th, 2010.

The prayers express Lisa's helplessness with regards to Ben's condition, but hopefulness with regards to trusting God's hand to work according to God's time and will. It speaks of the deep desire to get back to a "normal" life, but only seems to become a "new normal" in which the whole family tries to make the best of Ben's remission, or whatever sense of normalcy the Lord allows for. It reveals the courage and love life of Ben: Sarah, and how the love of the family drives them to seek out a bone marrow transplant. Chemotherapy brings about a deeper emotional challenge amid the physical angst. If Ben was suffering physically, the rest of the family was enduring emotional stress. Christmas becomes more like "Christ"-mess. The much talked about faith becomes a real life journey of faith happening before their very eyes. Every hope of Plan A has been supported by thoughts of Plan B. Finally, after all the mad rush for cures and treatments, freedom and living begins when Ben simply seeks to be assured that any option does not matter, as long as the family will stand with him regardless. This is the beginning of the Ben ripple of hoping, of living, and of loving.

True enough, there lies pages and pages of gratitude and encouragement from Canada, and other parts of the world, from people who have been inspired by Ben's courage and purposeful living. When Ben died, the pain continues. So does the gratitude to God for Ben, and the trusting in God for the future.

There are many messages of encouragement and inspiration.

"Living in the moment doesn't live in the land of 'what if.' It doesn't forecast the future, in case seeds of worry, anxiety, and fear take root. Ninety percent of what we worry about never take place anyway, so it's a waste of time and energy that I don't have to spare right now." (20)
"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it's learning to dance in the rain." (115)
Ben's final message to his Church is a moving tribute to many of his supporters. (118-120)

Closing Thoughts

With Ben-centric vocabulary such as "Ben-efit," "Benspective," and "Ben Ripple," the entire book essentially describes the ups and downs of living with the illness of Ben Elliot. The journal entries make the whole book looks like an unabridged version of telling the story as each day reveals itself. It is deeply personal, from the heart of a loving mum. It is intentional and can be used as a guide for others feeling pain and struggling in their own challenges of life. It is inspirational as we can read how one life can bring about hope and motivation to live. The photos in the book provide a visual impact to bring the words of encouragement alive through the smiles and the vibrant faith of Ben. It is a book that provides lots of biblical "lifelines" and many practical tips for anyone experiencing trying moments of their own. If you are down, and looking to be inspired, this book will very likely exceed your expectations.

Rating: 4 stars of 5.

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Book has been provided courtesy of Word Alive Press and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available now from your favourite bookseller.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read when dealing with the loss of a loved one April 17 2012
By Michael Levitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As someone that has experienced a variety of losses, the subtitle of this book "Choosing to LIVE through LOSS with PURPOSE" grabbed my attention.

The Ben Ripple chronicles Ben Elliott's battle with Leukemia, and the open and transparency of Ben's Mom Lisa Elliott provided, via a Facebook group.

The raw emotions and roller coaster experiences that Lisa wrote in this book make you feel like a part of the family.

Being a part of Care ministry at my church, real life experiences that Lisa describes are helpful for those dealing with losses.

I highly recommend this book, and remind everyone to cherish every moment of your lives, and the relationships you have.
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