Remembering Kevin Moore

Review: Thy Will Be Done? By Dr. Gabriel O’Sullivan

I wanted to share with you my review of a brand new book written by a personal friend of mine from my local church here in the Spartanburg, South Carolina area named Dr. Gabe O’Sullivan. He’s an incredibly gifted chiropractor at Ivey-O’Sullivan Chiropractic who sincerely cares about helping his patients live a prescription drug-free, healthy lifestyle. But this book I’m going to be telling you about today doesn’t have anything at all to do with that.

Less than a decade ago, Gabe and his wife Ryanne were still a young couple desiring to have kids, build a family and live the life that so many people take for granted. But when complications arose with Ryanne’s first pregnancy, it quickly presented a challenge to their faith and trust in God to sustain them through a series of tragic events. While I realize this isn’t the typical kind of book review I share on this blog, I believe Gabe’s book will serve as an encouragement to others who may be going through their own personal crisis of faith. Knowing that others have gone through horrible circumstances and come out the other side stronger as a result is a message we all need to hear. ENJOY!

Full disclosure: I have personally known the author of this book as both a friend and spiritual example in my life for over a decade.

It’s almost become cliché for people who profess to be a Christian to utter that familiar Biblical phrase of trusting fully in God. But for a young Spartanburg, SC-based chiropractor named Dr. Gabriel “Gabe” O’Sullivan and his beautiful wife Ryanne, the spiritually mature concept of “thy will be done” took on an entirely new meaning for them not that long ago in a way that I’m sure neither them nor their families could have ever expected to happen. After all, this was the quintessential all-American Christian couple faithfully serving selflessly in their church and using their talents to carry on the work of the Lord in whatever capacity He called them to. And both of them had an earnest desire to pass on a lasting legacy of love as well as God’s love to the triplets Ryanne had become pregnant with as the first children in the O’Sullivan clan. Just how hard is it to follow the will of God when everything is as pristine and perfect as this?

But as you’ll read in this courageously written book Thy Will Be Done? (written from the perspective of one of the most godly men you will ever meet in your life), tragedy, heartache and pain quickly hit this couple—HARD! You’ll notice there’s a question mark at the end of the title of the book because there can be times when we question what God is doing and why he allows certain things to happen to His children within the scope of His will. The reality for many Christians is they are never really put in a situation that tests how genuine their faith is because quite frankly too many of us (myself included) become complacent and comfortable living our lives without truly listening to what God would have for them. For Gabe and Ryanne, the most intense faith test they had ever experienced began at the 24-week mark of Ryanne’s pregnancy with their triplets.

In page after page of one of the most heartbreaking stories you’ll ever read in your life, this gut-wrenching first-hand account of every emotion, thought, doubt, question, worry and sadness is a very real experience that these two incredible Christians were forced to endure. As someone who personally witnessed their faithfulness throughout this tragedy (and prayed for them constantly), I am in awe of what God has done in and through them in the years since. Watching what Gabe and Ryanne had to endure with the loss of all three of their triplet girls and to see them today should serve as an encouragement and example to other Christians who may be called upon to trust God in the midst of suffering, pain or loss. What they have demonstrated to me is that no matter what happens in this life we live here on Earth, our focus should continually be on following God’s will and not our own. Even if that means going through something that most people would see as a curse from God and not a blessing.

For anyone who has been shaken to the core in his walk with God, Thy Will Be Done? is a gentle reminder that you are not alone and that God fulfills His steadfast promise that He will never leave you nor forsake you in your time of need. Even if that means a little pain from time to time, there is a greater purpose and plan for everything that God allows happen in our lives. As Gabe so eloquently put it following the loss of their precious Sophia, “We were no longer the same two people who used to be confident in ourselves and our joyous lot in life as much as we were confident in him. We were now broken jars, poured out like water.” He added in what had to be some of the most difficult words written in this book, “What had we done wrong? After thinking about it, we realized that it was not necessarily anything we had done. As God’s creation he can do whatever he chooses with us. He does as he pleases to fulfill his purposes and bring himself glory. God’s plans will prevail.” Now that’s what you call faith that is real. When it matters most, these Christians chose to trust God regardless of the circumstances they found themselves in.

In fact, even before this book was written, my wife Christine and I have looked to the story of Gabe and Ryanne O’Sullivan as faith examples in recent years. After being married for over 10 years, we were hoping to have children of our own. But it wasn’t happening for us biologically because of my poor sperm quality and her poor egg quality. This double-whammy made it seem like we’d never have kids, but we were drawn into attempting an IVF cycle in 2007 and then an embryo adoption in 2011. The IVF failed to produce a pregnancy and it was an extremely difficult pill to swallow. Then when our embryo adoption resulted in a pregnancy but then ultimately ended in a miscarriage, we couldn’t stop thinking about how our friends Gabe and Ryanne has persevered, walked through the valley of the shadow of death and stood firm in their faith when most people would have turned their back on what God has allowed to happen. While we can’t imagine the pain that they went through with the loss of their triplets, we do somewhat have an idea of the void they felt from the separation of their hopes and dreams with the reality of what actually happened. Knowing their strength in the Lord was resolute in the midst of everything they endured helped my wife and I get through our own personal tragedy. I’m sure they had no idea of their direct impact on our lives which is all a part of God’s greater purpose and plan.

Strewn with Biblical references and parallel Scriptures about what happened to them throughout the book, Thy Will Be Done? is sure to be an encouragement to any Christian who may think God has chosen to smite or punish them in some way. If you ever think that, then I hearken you to remember the sad but ultimately uplifting story of Gabe and Ryanne O’Sullivan who were able to overcome some excruciating circumstances that would have otherwise ended in divorce or even suicide for people who lacked a solid faith in the Almighty Hand of God. Accepting the free gift of salvation that comes from Jesus Christ will not make your life a perfect bed of roses. But being in the center of God’s will is exactly where you need to be to experience everything the Lord has in store for you. That’s a central theme that resonates loud and clear throughout this book.

The good news is this story does have a happy ending: Gabe and Ryanne are now the proud parents of a beautiful biological daughter named Avery and an energetic baby boy they adopted in 2011 named Isaac. While the memory of their triplets as well as the loss of another child during a miscarriage in 2008 will always be with them, these days there is the blessing of those two healthy children and a couple that undoubtedly share a much deeper bond of love and admiration for one another than they even knew before. I highly recommend that you READ THIS BOOK and be encouraged in your faith that God will never give you more than you can handle. If you don’t believe me, then just ask Gabe and Ryanne O’Sullivan if that’s true or not.

  • Hi Jimmy,

    Thanks for sharing this review. I often times question God about my situation and am a little down sometimes, but I know that it is God’s will and He always gives me the strength to endure. I will definitely put this on my list of must read books. Sounds like a book that I would love reading.

    Take care,


    • LLVLCBlog

      Ev, you will TOTALLY love this book. I’m sure some semblance of human pain will always be there. But knowing God is holding our babies in his arms until we can see them again gives great comfort.

  • As a Christian I know that the the storms of life will certainly come as sure as the sun rises every morning. But what is equally important is to know the God you serve and what he promises. This sounds like a beautiful testimony to faith. Thank you for sharing this review.

    • LLVLCBlog

      This couple is a shining example of what faith looks like lived out loud.

  • Squirrel88

    Just letting you know that as a result of the B. Graham stuff on Twitter and now this post, I am discontinuing my Twitter following and have cancelled the email updates as well. I came here for news and help regarding low carb eating and healthful info regarding a low carb lifestyle, not religion. As an atheist who has to constantly deal with religion being infused into nearly every facet of life, it gets old and annoying very quickly. I will stick with low carb sites/blogs/message boards where religion is not involved and is kept in churches and temples and synagogues, where it belongs.
    Our numbers are growing and you might want to consider us in the future when making decisions as to what content to post.

    • LLVLCBlog

      I appreciate your message. But there is no separating between Jimmy Moore the low-carb health guy and Jimmy Moore the Christian. We are the same person. If you’ve been following me on Twitter and at my blog, then you already know I don’t push anything regarding my faith on anyone. But there are lots of ideas expressed online that I disagree with that also provide great info. It will be your loss if you stop following over something like this. But I appreciate you expressing your concerns.

    • I’m not a religious person either, but if Jimmy and others get support and strength from their beliefs, I’m very glad for them. The support I get from what research Jimmy does and the publications he puts out are so beneficial to me personally, I’m going to keep following his blogs and posts, hopefully for a long, long time! Keep up the good work, Jimmy!

      • LLVLCBlog

        Thanks Anneke.

    • Egocentrism: demanding tolerance and adherence for your cultural lifestyle while announcing your lack of tolerance for Jimmy’s cultural practices. Aristotle was the one who said that the mark of an educated mind is one that can entertain a thought without agreeing with it. How can one truly explore the world and all the ideas it has to offer with preconceived notions of who may offer truth and wisdom? Thank you Jimmy for sharing yourself and all that you have to offer. Someone somewhere could be in great pain and this could be the light at the end of their tunnel!

  • BlueJay

    I’m disheartened when someone like Jimmy uses his dietary expertise website to push his religion. Sad! Just so ya know Jimmy, there are plenty of wonderful, kind folks out there of all beliefs, colors, and creeds; someday, I hope we’ll all accept each other and stop trying to shove one’s own religion down everyone else’s throat.

    (Meanwhile, getting folks of all stripes and colors to “convert” to a LC lifestyle, now that’s a better idea – and you do a terrific job of it!)

    • LLVLCBlog

      THANKS for your comments, BlueJay. But I’m not trying to “push” anything except for a fantastic book by a good friend of mine who went through a horrific experience losing three precious babies who found strength in his faith in God. If you don’t believe that, then that’s perfectly fine. But for this courageous couple, the Lord walked them through this experience to make them stronger as a result. Are Christians not allowed to talk about the work of God that happens in their lives? And you know I’m always happy to share the low-carb message with those who so desperately need it the most. Jimmy Moore the Christian and Jimmy Moore the low-carb guy is the exact same person.

  • LLVLCBlog

    THANKS John. I’ve made no attempt to hide the fact that I am a Christian who believes in God, but I don’t feel the need to say so in every single blog post and podcast that I do. People who have faith do not deny science, so I’m not sure what your point really is. I

    n my promotion of low-carb nutrition, citing the science is a completely acceptable way of showing support for this way of eating. I’m not sure what my Christianity has to do with that that would “undermine” my efforts in that realm. I have remained as fair to every side of an issue as possible in sharing information about diet, nutrition and health.

    But am I not supposed to in a blog format share my thoughts and opinions within the context of a book review? That’s just silly.

    I didn’t advise anyone about who or what they should believe regarding Christianity. I merely shared about the content of this fantastic book about a dear couple who experience a living hell in their own life and found strength in God.

    I’m just not seeing the connection between the work I do with low-carb or my faith and belief in God. All I see is someone who disagrees with the concept of God and those who would believe in Him. But thank you for your comments.

  • What a small pen to be corralled in, such a small trough to eat from — when you reject information from anyone who does not resemble your world view of the purveyors of science, logic, information. Science without philosophy requires deleting the tools to practically apply information learned through scientific means. “I don’t like this information, he should not have posted it” was your first thought, and not “could this philosophy/information benefit one of his readers?”. Seriously your only thought was to squirm over an emotional reaction that someone may think ill of YOU and then to make a public record that religious philosophy is unwelcome in your thought corral? Thank you for some insight I just realized.