Rare Bird – Letting Go and Moving Forward…..Available Sept 9, 2014!

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Anna Whilston-Donaldson is an author who is amazingly brave and compassionate in sharing her story of love and loss, offering the reader a glimpse into the world of a mother losing a child through tragedy.
 
We get to meet Anna and her family in their most typical of ways; their routines, their suffering, their healing.  They could be any of us really, they are us.
 
As a Mom myself, I know even if unspoken, the thought or possibility of having your own child die either through illness or tragedy is always with you in the inner workings of your mind.  We push it aside when we let them go out the door, get in the car or send them off to college.  It is always there.  When someone you know loses a child, that possibility rises to a closer reality. We learn in this book that someone else’s loss can be a gift to our own awakening.  The lesson?  To live in the moment, be thankful for the time we are given for we are not immortal.
 
This story teaches that we cannot always control the destinies that are ahead of our children and that lives well lived and people loved are not always based on age and time on the earth. 
 
This book made me smile and cry, but by the end, I felt the healing Anna received through processing her grief over losing Jack.  She realizes the gift she had in mothering him was so much larger than the grief she went through in losing him.  This is a story which will feed your soul and stay in the forefront of your mind for a long time.
 
Are you brave enough to step into the light?
 
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.
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Praise for Rare Bird

“In her beautiful, clear-eyed prose Anna brings to life complex miracles: that the anchor of being strong is tied to feelings of unbearable weakness; that the ache of grief is often accompanied by glittering beauty; and that all we do not understand is more important to making sense of life than what we know. Her story, as well as Jack’s story, is gorgeous, bold and true, and no one will be unchanged in reading it.”
— Stacy Morrison, Editor in Chief, BlogHer; author of Falling Apart in One Piece

“This is not a book; it is a kaleidoscope. With every turn of the page, a new discovery is made that forever alters your view of pain, joy, heartache, time, hope, and healing. As I journeyed through Anna’s divinely written prose, I found myself unable to stand by as a passive recipient of her message. I needed to act. Because of Anna and Jack, I talked with my child about heaven. I walked around the pool’s edge to sit beside a grieving woman. I looked into the darkest places of my soul and for the first time, I did not look away. If you yearn to stop hiding from that which prevents you from truly living, step into the kaleidoscope that is Rare Bird. Turn the page—wake up, stand up, comfort, love, and live. Turn the page—let your eyes be opened to the light that exists in whatever darkness you face.”
— Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times best-selling author of Hands Free Mama

“A masterpiece of hope, love, and the resilience and ferocity of the human spirit.”
— From the foreword by Glennon Doyle Melton, Momastery.com; author of Carry On, Warrior
 
“Rare Bird is not just another well-written story of love, loss, and the aftermath of death, but it is a story that clearly shows the constant presence and grace of a loving God. It gives assurance and comfort to those whose hearts are grieving, and hope to those who are afraid.”
— Mary C. Neal, MD, New York Times best-selling author of To Heaven and Back

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ANNA WHISTON-DONALDSON holds a master’s degree in English from Wake Forest University. She taught high school English and photojournalism for six years. Currently, she is popular blogger and manages a Christian bookstore. She lives with her husband, Tim, and daughter, Margaret, in suburban Washington, DC.
 
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“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”
 
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Married and Mom to two my sweet boys Alexander and Noah. Also FurMom to Rocky the Pug. Avid Family Historian and Scrapbooker.
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