When the world crumbled around her, Alice stood tall and walked on. She never wondered why bad things happen to good people because she had studied the Biblical book of Job. She does not want to sound "holier than thou"; but she likes to think that she has a faith "stronger than steel." "Faith isn't as easy as it looks, it's a choice"; Breuer says "Every day I have to get up and make a choice and say 'Jesus, I'm gonna believe in you today'."
One day, her husband and soul mate, John, found himself stricken with a mysterious illness which Breuer details in "Beyond The Dark Bayou". She picked herself up and began the excruciating process of "moving on". The experience of watching her "soul mate" fight a losing battle against his body didn't harden Breuer's heart toward God, rather, it opened it up.
Being a Christian isn't easy, and the true test of Breuer's faith happened shortly after she and John celebrated their 10th anniversary. Life was good, really good. A Building Construction Professor at a university, John had started publishing books, and bringing home a significant salary. At night, Alice and John dotted over their two children, a five year old boy and an eight year old girl They were very involved in their church, Alice taught Bible Studies and John taught Sunday School.
When John John fell ill, the couple's picture perfect world ripped to shreds. The things they had always seen as crucial (money, career, perfect family and church) got pushed into the margins. Not knowing what they were getting into, John and Alice began a lonely battle against the illness that would ultimately claim John's life.
"Beyond the Dark Bayou" is the heartbreaking yet inspirational true story of John and Alice Ball and their family, set in the lands of magnolias, weeping willows, and Spanish moss. "Beyond the Dark Bayou retells the almost Biblical tale of how a young family with a beautiful , promising life ahead of them suddenly face catastrophic hardships and an endless chain of medical nightmares, but persevered throughout it all, guided by spiritual inspiration.