Sometimes, you find a book that moves you to your core, that makes you question how and why the world works, and how we go on in the face of tragedy. Anna Whiston-Donaldson has written that book: her brave, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about losing her son Jack is a mother’s gift and prayer to the world in the face of the darkest days. How do we deal with grief? How do we mourn and still feel hope? What does life look like after loss? Where is God, and where was God? Anna’s rich, true voice and the portrait of her life with her family will move you, and it can help you in your grief, or learn to help others’ in theirs.
RARE BIRD: A Memoir of Loss and Love (Convergent Books), is out in the world today. The response has been overwhelming. Glennon Doyle-Melton of the blog Momastery and author of Carry On, Warrior, is helping to introduce the book online today in this post. She writes, “We’ve never launched another author’s book here at Momastery. Today is a first, which is fitting because Rare Bird is a one-of-a-kind book.”
Glennon writes: “The magic of Rare Bird is that- ANNA BUILDS A BRIDGE FOR US- a bridge from our heart into the heart of the griever. Anyone committed to becoming a better friend or a wiser human being should read this book.”
“Please, please – let us not say: I can’t. I won’t read it. It’s too much. That pain is too much. That is not what we say to someone in grief. And it’s simply not true. We can bear each other’s grief and joy. That is what we’re here for, in fact. And so please remember that loss is not contagious but it is inevitable. Loss visits us all.”
“One of the gifts of Rare Bird is the glimpse into how to help a friend in crisis…Anna shares her wisdom with us.”
How you can help to launch the book:
“Like” the An Inch of Gray Facebook Page so you won’t miss out on launch events/news.
If you are on Goodreads, mark Rare Bird as “To Read”
Ask your local library and/or church to order the book.
Once you have read the book, please leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.
Read the book with your book club, Sunday School, or grief group (Discussion guide is coming soon)
Hold loosely to your copy of Rare Bird– keep an eye open for opportunities to give it away to someone who would benefit from it.
Let Anna know if your organization would like to learn about Rare Bird or have her come speak.
If you refer to Rare Bird on social media, use the hastag #rarebird (Anna’s twitter handle is @aninchofgray)