by Mike Cope
Mike Cope's best teacher was his mentally disabled daughter. Megan taught her father secrets more profound than anything he'd learned in college and seminary. This moving book shares those secrets in a way that will make readers laugh and cry and find new hope.
She was a beautiful pint-sized girl with a big love. And the best scholars in the world couldn't teach what she did in her brief life. Megan died at age ten. But her life has exposed some of the insanities of the world and revealed four life-giving secrets.
One secret is simply this: Second choices don't mean we miss out on life. Sometimes our second choices define and shape us in ways we'd never change even if we could.
Lovingly written by Megan's father, this unique inspirational book wraps these four secrets in stories that will restore hope to those grieving a death or second choice, and all who have a heart for a spunky little girl whose only full sentence was, "I'm Megan!"
All readers who long to see modern-day examples of the "little ones" Jesus held on his lap and loved will be inspired and moved to laugh and cry and exult in God's incredible wisdom spoken through a disabled child.
What Mike discovers is that life with Megan—who slept only three hours a night—was exhausting, challenging, even disappointing, but also filled with joy and secrets that he's ready to tell the world.
In 1994, Mike Cope and his wife Diane's lives were jolted by the death of their ten year old daughter, Megan. Though she was mentally disabled from birth, she had been a strong, joy-filled child who'd taught them much about what ultimately matters in life. When she died, their odyssey of loss and joy-amid-grief sharpened Mike's already intense interest in life's biggest questions. An author of four books, a blogger (four million visits in the past several years), a minister, and an editor of two magazines, Mike has for many years spoken to large audiences around the country about what really matters, and is currently teaching a class of three hundred university students each semester at a local university. Mike and Diane live in Abilene, Texas, and have been married more than thirty-one years. They have two surviving children.
"The world would look at Megan Cope and her brief little life and see limitations. Imperfections. Inabilities. Her dad, just like her heavenly Father, saw something else entirely. Joy. Big heart. Love. Wisdom. Raising a disabled daughter, and then saying goodbye after a brief ten years of life, Mike knows the struggles, triumphs, pain, everyday miracles . . . and the secrets. Secrets God shares with those who care for the least among us. In Megan's Secrets, my friend Mike shares the wisdom he learned from loving Megan."
- Max Lucado, bestselling author
"Mike Cope's newest book is a stunning memoir, a convincing theodicy, and spiritual therapy all rolled into one beautiful story. For those who have grieved a loss or doubted God's goodness in a time of dereliction, or wondered if there can be healing after a great loss, this book is essential reading. This is a book for broken hearts."
- Darryl Tippens, author of Pilgrim Heart: The Way of Jesus in Everyday Life
"The stories Mike tells and the secrets he shares from one of Christ's 'little ones' will not only amaze you, they will change your life."
- Greg Taylor, editor, New Wineskins magazine
Dimensions (inches): 8.5 x 5.5
Weight (pounds): 0.6