~Reviewed by Dave H.
~Reviewed by Dave H.
On the other side of heartbreak, a story of hope rises.
On an ordinary September day, twelve-year-old Jack is swept away in a freak neighborhood flood. His parents and younger sister are left to wrestle with the awful questions: How could God let this happen? And, Can we ever be happy again? They each fall into the abyss of grief in different ways. And in the days and months to come, they each find their faltering way toward peace.
In Rare Bird, Anna Whiston-Donaldson unfolds a mother’s story of loss that leads, in time, to enduring hope. “Anna’s storytelling,” says Glennon Doyle Melton, “is raw and real and intense and funny.”
With this unforgettable account of a family’s love and longing, Anna will draw you deeper into a divine goodness that keeps us—beyond all earthly circumstances—safe.
This is a book about facing impossible circumstances and wanting to turn back the clock. It is about the flicker of hope in realizing that in times of heartbreak, God is closer than your own skin. It is about discovering that you’re braver than you think.
This book was an odd mix of inspiration and sadness. As the author shares the story of the loss of her son, I found myself grieving with her, almost heartbroken myself, then inspired by the way she handled the death and grew emotionally ans spiritually through her time of grief. As the author lays her heart bare for all to see, we can find hope and healing in all she has experienced as we relate it to our own life. The book evokes raw emotion, both good and bad and will have you turning to God for understanding and comfort yourself.
~Reviewed by Tricia C.
The topic of suicide is almost taboo in Christian circles. Many believe if you take your own life, you will not go to Heaven. This makes it very difficult for family members that are left behind, and leaves them virtually without hope. In this book Al Hallene steps up and shares his experiences when he found his son who had hanged himself. As we walk with him through this torturous time, we find understanding and hope of a future reunion. This is a good book for grieving parents.
~Reviewed by David H.