Reviews - What do customers think about Equal to the Task: One Family's Journey Through Premature Birth?
Riding the Emotional Rollercoaster Sep 26, 2002
I cried with him and laughed with him through out this book. We also have a child that spent the first few months of her life in NICU. We adopted our daughter and did not know her until the week before she was dismissed from the hospital. From the information that the nurses gave us, we know that she was on one of those rollercoasters the whole time she was in NICU. Reading Mr. Cantrell's book helped me to picture the rollercoaster ride we would of been on if we had the privilege of meeting our daughter sooner than we did. My heart aches when I think of her going through that by herself. We have had many ups and downs with our daughter and her health since she has come home. Mr. Cantrell's honesty about the ups and downs in his faith helped me to know that I am not the only one that can be so strong in my faith one minute and then question God about how much I can endure the next. I thank Mr. Cantrell for his open and honest book on such a hard time in his family's life. I thank him for allowing me to share this experience with his family. I know that no two NICU stays are the same. None the less this allowed me a glimps in the first few months of my daughter's life. I thank him for that glimps.
Another look at "I'm OK, You're Ok" Aug 11, 2002
We all wonder how we would "act" if faced with the reality of life's potential dark moments. I read this non-stop after just wanting to peruse it for a moment. It is informative factually but, more importantly, it let's you know you are not alone in feeling a range of emotions you might never expect when faced with adversity. It is also a love story even if it had not had a happy ending.
An Unfortunate Tale Jul 12, 2002
Althought the book shared a difficult and personal battle against adversity, i unfortunately found it to be dissapointingly weighed down with a dependence on religious faith for the fortunate outcome. Although this is a suitable and sufficient option for some, i personally found it to detract from the book for what it was...a tale of survival against the odds. Uncompelling and light in its narative style and format ... would not recommend to friends in a similar situation. Just one more light-weight text "for the soul".
Honest and hard to put down May 28, 2002
I read Dail Cantrell's book and at times I found it almost impossible to put down. Cantrell is incredibly honest. Not many of us have the courage to address our most personal doubts and fears and then write about these deep, dark, unspeakable thoughts, particularly when someone else will read them. But the book is also informative, inspirational, and funny. Cantrell told about the day-to-day events that go on in the NICU and about how life somehow goes on even during incredibly stressful times. Sometimes I actually laughed out loud. It's my opinion that the book will provide information, hope, and inspiration for anyone facing prematurity or a child's illness.
Love this book! May 25, 2002
Equal to the Task is emotionally involving, honest and informational. I had planned to read a little before going to bed, and found myself still reading at 2:30 a.m. Mr. Cantrell uses self-deprecating humor to tell his at first very frightening story of Benjamin's birth and struggle for life. I found out a lot about what one would expect to see in a neonatal unit. I especially liked Mr. Cantrell's references to music and the signifcance they play in our lives. I recommend this book for anyone who wants a good read, knows someone who has been through a similar experience, or might be facing one. It will provide both information, reassurance and hope.