I’ve had the book Rare Bird on my book shelf for months. Admittedly, I put off reading it. I knew Anna’s tragic story of losing her son, had read her beautiful words for years on her blog and had met her in person and talked and talked and talking about mothering and grieving.
I was afraid to read because I didn’t want to be pulled down by the devastating sadness in her story. What I didn’t know would happen was that I would be lifted up by the hope.
Rare Bird shares the intricacies of motherhood, the push and pull of parenting and of wanting to keep our kids safe while teaching them resilience. I found myself not only comforted by the universal truths of grief Anna shares so openly but by the honest glimpses of motherhood sprinkled throughout.
No one has ever told me grief feels a lot like shame. -Anna Donaldson, Rare Bird
This book was a page-turner. I went from being worried about opening it up to not being able to put it down. Anna invites you into that space on her living room couch and teaches you about grace and survival and the strongest of faith. I have been telling everyone I know to read it so it’s only fitting I share it here as well. Yes, you might cry a little, you might shake your head at the unfairness of what happened to this family and a life cut far too short but you will be so filled with hope, I promise.
You will begin reading this book wondering how anyone can survive the unimaginable and end it believing in the power of kindness and the unsinkable human spirit.
I get a sense I’m learning from the women who show up for me. Who offer themselves up in a way that I’ve never had the guts to do. They are braver than they think. -Anna Donaldson, Rare Bird
I love Rare Bird so much that I’m giving away a copy, in hopes you will read it and pass it along and along and along. We all need it. We need to know that we can survive and come out the other side with a grace and faith that is even a small fraction of that which Anna holds.
Leave a comment telling me why you want to read Rare Bird for a chance to win a copy.
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