Book Review: Eight Twenty Eight by Ian and Larissa Murphy


I was so excited when I saw that Ian and Larissa had a book out, I just knew I had to read it! I had seen their youtube video, which went viral, and couldn’t wait to find out more.

From the back of the book

What if that thing you really feared happened? Would the joy you hold pop? Or would you experience love and joy deeper than you can imagine?

They met in college and fell in love. They talked about getting married, and he started looking for a ring. They dreamed about life together, a life of beauty and joy, raising babies and laughing with friends and growing old.

They did not imagine a car accident. They did not imagine his brain injury. They did not dream about the need for constant care and a wheelchair and fear that food might choke him.

And they could not have imagined how persistent love would be. Theirs and God’s.

Ian and Larissa Murphy tell their story of love in Eight Twenty Eight. Except, it’s not just their love story. Really, it’s yours as well. Read and gain a picture of love that will challenge all you think you know about what is true and what persists.

My thoughts

At first I wondered why the book was called eight twenty eight, then I realised it must be in relation to the bible verse Romans 8:28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Then, as the story unfolds, we realise that there is more significance to the title: it is also the date on which Ian and Larissa got married.

I loved reading the story of Ian and Larissa’s relationship. It is hard not to be moved and inspired by their story, one of true love and sacrifice. Larissa stuck by her boyfriend, despite not even being able to communicate with him, whilst watching many other friends get married.

We can see God at work through both their lives, in Larrisa’s confidence that one day she would be able to marry Ian and in Ian’s gradual healing. It is hard not to be moved by this story.

I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially to people who enjoy reading true stories of real love.

If you are interested, you can buy their book on Amazon UK here.


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