Monday, May 16, 2016

God Gave Me You

God Gave Me You:
A True Story of Love, Loss and a Heaven-Sent Miracle

Tricia Seaman & Diane Nichols
(Howard Books)
May 2016/256 pages/Hardcover/$16.81 (Amazon price)

When a single mother with terminal cancer asks an oncology nurse to look after her son, neither can imagine what God has in store. This is the heartwarming story of how two very different women with two very different paths were brought together for one very special purpose.

Oncology nurse Tricia Seaman and her family were hoping to adopt a son. They were months into the grueling process when she met Trish Somers, a terminally ill cancer patient. Trish was a single mother and her eight-year-old son Wesley was her entire world. As the young mother poured out her fears and emotions, it became clear that this was unlike any other nurse-patient relationship Tricia had in her career. When they learned that the cancer had spread and Trish only had a short time to live, she looked at Tricia, a complete stranger three weeks ago, and asked if she could raise Wesley when she passed away.

God Gave Me You tells the true story of how these two incredible mothers met, the immediate bond they formed, and the ups and downs of joining families as Trish’s earthly life ebbed away. This heartwarming tale inspires readers to find the courage to trust in faith and never give up. The miracle of these two families coming together demonstrates that family isn’t always blood; often, it’s made up of the people God gives you if you have a willing heart. God Gave Me You is a story you can turn to again and again when you’re looking for hope, inspiration, and a reason to believe in miracles.

Read an excerpt.


Tricia Seaman is a wife, mother and a hospital nurse with twenty years of experience. She and her husband and five children live in rural central Pennsylvania where she was born and raised. She currently works for PinnacleHealth System in Harrisburg for the inpatient oncology unit.

Diane Nichols writes for numerous national print and online publications. She is also a single mother to two beautiful daughters and lives in Florida.


I primarily review Christian fiction but as a nurse, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read and review this book. What an inspiring and encouraging testimony of how God moved in the lives and circumstances of two women whose paths intersected on a seemingly random night that would prove to be anything but random. Honest and raw, this story doesn't shy away from the heartbreak of Trish's illness and prognosis, nor does it imply that the transitions were smooth and trouble-free. The focus of the book, however is God's grace and provision, and the strength he provides in the midst of life's seemingly-impossible storms. A relatively quick read, this book will touch your heart with its message of faith and hope.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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