“If God made all our faces, did he laugh when he made me?

Does he make the legs that cannot walk and eyes that cannot see?

Does he curl the hair upon my head ’til it rebels in wild defiance?

Does he close the ears of a deaf man to make him more reliant?

Is the way I look a coincidence or just a twist of fate?

If he made me this way, is it okay, to blame him for the things I hate?

For the flaws that seem to worsen every time I see a mirror,

For the ugliness I see in me, for the loathing and the fear.

Does he sculpt us for his pleasure, for a reason I can’t see?

If God makes all our faces, did he laugh when he made me?”

― Amy HarmonMaking Faces

This is one of the most memorable books I have ever read. The story starts out with a very child like quality and initially I wasn’t sure about it, but it quickly unfolds into a story with so much wisdom and depth that it sucked me in and I couldn’t put it down.

What happens when 5 friends are sent to war and only one of them returns? What happens when an ugly duckling turns into a swan and a swan turns into an ugly duckling? What happens when you’re born with MS? How would that change the course of your life? How would you live your life?

The story is beautifully written and engaging with so many important messages & lessons about what constitutes true beauty and second chances. Through a number of tales, all woven into one beautiful story and a journey that encompasses life, love, heroism, death, self acceptance, courage and friendship, I found myself unable to put the book down and in tears on more than one occasion.

If there is only one book you read this holiday, make sure it’s Making Faces by Amy Harmon.