The story of one mother’s loss and rebirth, Rare Bird is about facing devastating circumstances and wanting to turn back the clock. It is about discovering that in times of heartbreak, God is nearer than your own skin. It is about finding that you are braver than you think, God is more mysterious than you realize, and heaven is closer than you know.
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.
Anna’s writing just glimmers; it somehow has light in it. This book took my breath away, but when I put it down, felt able to breathe more deeply than I could before. Rare Bird is a masterpiece of hope, love, and the resilience and ferocity of the human spirit.
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.
Anna Whiston-Donaldson is a mother, a wife, a teacher, a thrifter, a speaker and a writer. Her part-time work in a church bookstore solidified something Anna already suspected—books can change lives.
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