Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love, written by Anna Whiston-Donaldson is about the death of Anna’s son Jack, to a tragic accident occurring in a flash flood. The book is about more than telling the story of his death and to be careful for flash floods. This book is raw, it’s emotional, it’s about grief and the grieving process. It’s the story of how you eventually, yet never learn to live without someone who tragically dies. It’s the story about learning to cope when someone does not return home. It’s a story about learning how to live with her husband and daughter, without their son, Jack.
Anna recalls the day of the flood, what she was thinking prior, during and after. She is open and honest about her feelings and memories. She isn’t afraid to tell you about her loss and despair. There is nothing phony about this book. Anna also tells the story of Jack, we get to know him, the good and the bad. She
This is also a spiritual book, you can call it religious. She is a Christian and speaks from that vantage point. Anna struggled with her faith after Jack’s death, but realized she needed her faith to make it. She does not preach or pretend to be a theologian and explain Jack’s death away. Instead, Anna lets us in on her journey to healing.
This is an excellent, moving book which impacts all people who read it. I highly recommend it!
I received this book from Convergent Books in exchange for an honest review!