Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love by Anna Whiston-Donaldson

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Read Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love Online Free - 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.

Title : Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love
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ISBN : 1601425198
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 240 pages


Larry rated it ★★★★☆

November 11, 2014

I remember in September 2011 when the Washington, DC area was hit by a quickly moving and unexpected set of rainstorms that left highways flooded, creeks running far over their banks, and trees felled. While we were fortunate not to lose power, many in the area did. I remember reading that severa...

Jennie rated it ★★★★★

May 17, 2014

There are almost no words to describe how much this book moved me. If you have suffered grief and want to see how to reach the other side of the chasm, or if you have faith, and you want to see how it can survive the worst nightmare a parent can undergo, or if you're a mom, and you worry that you...

Poppy rated it ★★★★★

June 11, 2014

This book is difficult to review because I would have much rather read about repurposing old furniture and I'm not a DIYer. It also wasn't a quick read as I found myself lingering over the descriptions of Jack's personality. I was invested from the beginning by more than his beautiful smile and b...

Alison rated it ★★★★★

June 30, 2014

A stunning, heartbreaking and heartwarming memoir of a mother's tragic loss of her son, and how she found light in an impossible nightmare. Anna writes with honesty, raw emotion and yes, even humour. She takes the reader through what seems to be an ordinary life, marked by incredible and unimagin...

Kir rated it ★★★★★

August 05, 2014

Love and loss are forever entwined. Some say we can’t know great joy or gratitude until we've experienced heartbreaking loss and I’m inclined to believe them. You can’t know how much something means to you until it has become part of your life and your story and then been taken away. Rare Bird is...

Liz rated it ★★★★★

July 04, 2014

I have started this review three times already. My words are inadequate to describe the gift of this book. It is a window into real grief - not sugar-coated, not pretending to be ok. It is wrestling with the hardest questions in the hardest circumstances. Grieving parents will find it a place to...

Katie rated it ★★★★★

January 22, 2015

It's so hard for me to muster the words for how I felt reading Rare Bird. I was hesitant to pick it up since I have two young boys and I suffer from anxiety. I thought surely reading about Jack's accident and Anna's grieving process would be enormously triggering for me, but something in my heart...

Arnebya rated it ★★★★★

June 16, 2014

Anna's words will leave you haunted, breathless, wanting to encircle her and her family in a cuccoon of safety. That's impossible, of course. If that could have been done, one would think the precautions we take as normal parents would have been enough to save Jack. The title's use of the words l...

Jennifer rated it ★★★★★

June 02, 2014

This book is a gentle reminder of how fragile and fleeting life can be. It's also a treasure of hope and inspiration for those currently in the midst of a tremendous loss. I am comforted having read Anna's words because her experience losing Jack taught me that no matter what we do to try to prot...

Natalie rated it ★★★★★

July 20, 2015

I don't think I've ever read a book that made my heart ache from cover to cover as much as this one did. I cannot imagine what it would be like to lose a child in such a freak accident and I hope I never will. But I am so grateful for this book- for Anna Whiston-Donaldson and how she lays bare he...

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