Local mom writes about 'Facing Goliath'

By Jennifer Cohron
Posted 5/19/19

A local mom has released a book detailing how faith got her family through the dark days that followed her newborn son being born with congenital heart disease."Facing Goliath: A Journey of Hope" is …

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Local mom writes about 'Facing Goliath'

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A local mom has released a book detailing how faith got her family through the dark days that followed her newborn son being born with congenital heart disease.

"Facing Goliath: A Journey of Hope" is now available on Amazon. 

"It is my greatest prayer that this book will be a source of comfort and hope for others who are going through difficult times," said Crystal Odom, a teacher and cheer coach at Cordova High School.

Jack Aaron Odom was born on Jan. 11, 2012. Within hours, first-time parents Odom and her husband, Josh, learned that Jack had congenital heart disease.

"When we first heard his diagnosis we were terrified and felt so alone in our heartache and struggle. What I've learned in the seven years since becoming a mom is that everyone goes through difficult times. It's a part of life. I wrote this book because I wanted to give others who are going through hard times a source of hope and comfort and to ultimately point them in the direction of the only source of hope and peace that truly lasts, Jesus," Odom said.

Jack had his first open heart surgery at 4 months old and another at age 4.

The book, released this week, was inspired by the Facing Goliath blog that Odom started to provide updates on Jack's medical condition, keep track of what his doctors were saying and make sense of the feelings she was having. 

May 26 will mark the three-year anniversary of Jack's last surgery.

Now 7, he is almost done with first grade at Cordova Elementary School and has played baseball for the past three years.

"He has his limitations, but for the most part he is a regular kid. We still see his cardiologist regularly and we know that his journey with CHD will never end, we are thankful for the moment of health and happiness that we are in right now," Odom said.