I mean, why are we so ready to give God the the credit for every good thing in our lives, from finding our mate, to doing well on a test or landing a job we like, yet we let Him off the hook for all the bad stuff? That seems ridiculous. Isn’t He powerful enough to command our destiny? Because that’s the God I want to worship, not some good-luck charm we call upon to help us find a parking space when we’re running late. I want a powerful God who is willing to make the hard, unpopular choices because He sees the big picture and knows what’s best. Sure, he wants our worship, but He doesn’t need our approval.
In this episode of the Simplicity Motherhood podcast, I had the pleasure of chatting with Anna about her new book, Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love (Convergent Books, 2014).
This book is a powerful story about the life and loss of Anna’s 12-year-old son Jack in a freak flash flood. I reviewed the book on my blog, and you can read that here, but I also wanted to chat with Anna to get a little deeper into the core message of the book — loss and love.
Anna Whiston-Donaldson is the author of Rare Bird and a blogger at An Inch of Gray. She taught high-school English for six years before becoming a full-time mom and writer. She lives with her husband, Tim, and daughter, Margaret, in suburban Washington, DC.
ABOUT RARE BIRD:
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.
In this episode of Simplicity Motherhood you’ll discover:
- What it felt like to go from anonymous blogger to having it all out there
- How her online community has helped her during this unimaginable difficult time
- Why you must read this book, even if you’re afraid and resistant to ‘going there’
- The biggest takeaway that readers gain from experiencing Rare Bird
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