Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love

By Anna Whiston-Donaldson

4 out of 5 stars

Wow. I am so taken aback by the courage and strong religious beliefs that get this family through the absolute hardest thing a family can go through. 12-year-old Jack is drowned in a freak flash flood. He’s just gone out to play with his sister. He’s always been afraid of the water so there really wasn’t any worry at the time. But then tragedy strikes and it changes this family in an instant. Tim, Anna and Margaret go from a family of 4 to a family of 3. The dynamics change. Life changes. And yet through it all, they cling to their faith. This is such an honest look at the sadness, the anger, the faith, the hope and the love that happens when you lose someone you love. Losing a child has to be the worst pain there is and I cried more than once while reading Anna’s pain and Anna’s thoughts. This books is sad, yes, but it’s also so hopeful. Life keeps going on for the living. Jack’s favorite bible verse is very prominent in the story and really makes you think: “Nothing is impossible with God.” There is a beautiful picture of Jack at the end of the book. His smile and the light in his eyes just touch your heart.

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