Catherine Bayly Reviews: Still

Almost a year after meeting Stephanie Cole, in the virtual way we “meet” nowadays, we saw one another face to face.  Two mothers, each with a lost daughter—mine Sophie, and hers Madeline.  But what shocked me most was the way Stephanie was like every other mom—the moms in the grocery store, at the park or […]

CH Reviews: The Dive

On September 7, 2011, I ended an unplanned pregnancy. Only six weeks earlier, a doctor told my partner and I joyfully that, well yes, we were going to be proud parents. I sat in shock for a moment before a smile spread across my face. The shock never left his. Before we had spoken a […]

Franchesca Cox Reviews: He Heard Hannah

In Lynnette Kraft’s book, He Heard Hannah, you are taken on a very personal journey of her losing a daughter at age six. She has a way of drawing you into their world in the country – the peaceful, yet simple life they lead, and as so here can relate to – the day that […]

Kathy Benson Reviews: Something Borrowed (Movie)

Something Borrowed screenplay by Emily Synder, based on the novel by Emily Giffin, and directed by Luke Greenfield. On Christmas night in 2012, after many wonderful and somewhat stressful days of celebrating the holidays with family and friends, my husband and I tucked our children into bed and then sat down to relax on the […]

TJ Wierenga Reviews: Cries from the Barren Womb by Julie Lortz

  Cries From the Barren Womb, by author Julie Lortz, is an eye-opening, heart-wrenching book of loss and ultimate gain. Whether or not you struggle with infertility issues, to be able to see through the pain-filled eyes of those who do is a life-enriching opportunity to learn truth along with compassion, and come alongside friends or […]

Gaelach Reviews: I Can Make Life by Nicole Breit

There is little that can validate your life experiences like hearing about someone else’s struggles mirroring your own. Some experiences, some fights, are simply too painful and raw to adequately put into words. Pregnancy loss is one of those events. And, yet, Nicole Breit’s poetry collection, I Can Make Life, captures those raw emotions, the power behind […]

Kathy Benson Reviews: Sliding Doors (Movie)

  Sliding Doors written and directed by Peter Howitt Sliding Doors, originally released in April 1998, looks at how a person’s life can change dramatically based on one moment playing out differently. The story shows what happens when the main character, Helen (played by Gwyneth Paltrow), misses a train that she is running to catch, […]

Megan Warren Reviews: This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart

  This book is part memoir, part guidebook for navigating loss and rediscovering the self. Most of all it is like sitting down for a chat with a girlfriend over coffee. Susannah Conway is a photographer and writer sharing her grief journey after the sudden and unexpected death of the man she loved. In the […]

Paul DeLeon Reviews: Christian’s Gifts by Travis Scott

Christian’s Gifts is a book from Travis Scott, the father of a stillborn son. In January of 2010, Travis and his wife, Jennifer, delivered a little boy who would never open his eyes, but through the story told by his father in this book, the eyes of all those around him will see clearer than […]

Kathy Benson Reviews: Falling Upward

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr “The first task (of life) is to build a strong ‘container’ or identity; the second is to find the contents that the container was meant to hold.” Richard Rohr explains this theory in the introduction to his latest book, Falling Upward, about […]