Ami Rosen of Cedar Falls reads the words she wrote in Stronger Through Christ: A Mother's Memoir.
She wrote most of the book about two years ago while facing difficult times with her family and with her health -- needing a kidney transplant.
Rosen said she honestly didn't know if she'd survive, which is why she began writing for her daughter.
"At the time, Sarah was ten and I really wanted something for her tangible to have if I wasn't here for her. The more the book transpired the more I thought maybe the book could be for other people as well," she said.
Rosen isn't a stranger to trials in life. About 18 years ago, the life she knew changed completely. Rosen just graduated from UNI when she got an infection, got an abscess on her spine and found out she'd be in a wheelchair.
"I thought that was going to be the hardest thing I ever went through, and then two years ago what transpired really shook my world, and writing this book was therapeutic for me," she said.
The mother of one said the book and her faith are what got her through life's challenges. She believes the struggles she writes about are universal and hopes the book gives others the strength to persevere and to overcome.
"We can get through any struggle and we just have to reach out and find avenues to accomplish that," said Ami Rosen.
But the person she really hopes can learn from this book is her daughter.
"I hope she can open this book and she can say I remember when mom and I did that or I can remember mom saying those exact words."
As Rosen is Stronger Through Christ -- she hopes her daughter will be, too.
Ami's book is available online.