Mesothelioma: My Story of Struggle and Hope

I was diagnosed with mesothelioma after years of working on jobs that I had no idea were poisoning me. I am in my 50s now and living with this painful, limiting, and terminal disease. I am struggling and will continue to do so, but I also have hope. I know that things are getting better and that […]

Broken Brain, Fortified Faith

I stumbled upon this book when I was at my brief EWTN visit last summer.  It was atop a stack of books and magazines in the great room of the guest house where I stayed, and I picked it up, curious and intrigued.  After a moment, I decided I would swap this book for another […]

Grief During the Holidays

I’ve been thinking lately about how difficult the holidays must be for many people – those who are battling diseases, such as cancer; those who recently (or not-so-recently) lost a loved one to death; those who are divorced and miss their kids; those who are lonely or depressed; those who have miscarried a baby.

There are […]

Stars At Night: When Darkness Unfolds as Light

When I first heard of Paula D’Arcy’s new book, Stars At Night: When Darkness Unfolds as Light, I couldn’t wait to delve into what appeared to be a beautiful grief resource pertaining to understanding the holy darkness we sometimes encounter as the dark night of the soul.  Since this is a topic so dear to […]

Dying Without Crying

J.I. Willett offers her wisdom in her very readable book, Dying Without Crying.  Unlike other lengthy treatises on life, death, and the afterlife, Willett takes the reader’s hand into her own and journeys alongside them – into the reality of death, but also the beauty, potential, and even gift that dying offers each of us.

With […]

Fear is Our Enemy in Times of Grief

Hallie Lord is like that hidden friend you didn’t know you had – or even need – until you stumble upon this book, On the Other Side of Fear – How I Found Peace. Lord doesn’t speak to her readers in an authoritative manner. Instead, she is journeying alongside them as a companion who understands […]

Discovering Your Mission in the Midst of Pain

Colleen C. Mitchell knows firsthand what life is like when death and loss become indelible imprints on the heart of a mother.  Within months, she and her husband lost their son, Bryce and miscarried another baby.  In the midst of that darkness, they discovered a call from God – a call that, at first, Mitchell […]

The Wounds of a Mother Find Healing in Mary

What would you do if your life consisted of one trial after another?  Consider suicide, murder, cancer, unwed pregnancy (of her daughter), drug addiction (of her son), death of a husband and stepson, and a friend’s child who died in a tragic car accident.  Author and founder of Memorare Ministries Judy Landrieu Klein knows these, […]

Forgiveness After Divorce

I stormed through the house, took the crosses off every wall, and ran, yes, literally ran, to the back door where I hurled those crosses across the backyard! Where was God, anyway? How could He let this happen? Hadn’t I been through enough? Didn’t He care for my children? What good was believing in God […]

The Joy-Filled Broken Heart

Mary Lou Rosien shares her joy-filled broken heart in this practical and uplifting resource. In each chapter, the reader gleans some wisdom from Rosien pertaining to suffering, loss, death, grief, and special needs parenting. She tackles age-old questions, such as “Why do we suffer?” with such honesty and integrity that the reader is left knowing […]