Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: And Still She Laughs by:Kate Merrick

 And Still She Laughs: Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering
About the Book:
Kate Merrick examines the Bible’s gritty stories of resilient women as well as her own experience losing a child—a journey followed by more than a million on—to reveal the reality of surprising joy and deep hope even in the midst of heartache.

Kate Merrick faced the crippling grief that life can bring when her five-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Three and a half years of suffering followed, accompanied by fervent prayer, hospital stays, emotional agony, and teeth-grinding fear. And in the end, her baby girl was gone.

How was Kate to believe again, to hope again? To find out, she turned to stories in the Bible of real women who dealt with pain and survived. How did Sarah, after twenty-five years of achingly empty arms, learn in the end to laugh without bitterness? How did Bathsheba, defiled by the king who then had her husband killed, come to walk in strength and dignity, to smile without fear of the future?

In And Still She Laughs, Merrick writes poignantly and transparently about finding joy in sorrow and shows how we—just like the ordinary women seen in the Bible—can rise above unbearable circumstances and live fully. In the middle of whatever hardships we face, we can smile, cry, and come away full—laughing without fear and eagerly looking for what is to come.

My Review:
 In the midst of grief the last thing you want to do is laugh. Laughing is the farthest from your mind yet it is something that must be done in order to find your way out of those very dark and lonely places. If we stay in those places too long they become part of us which in the end will define us. Not the coming out of it but living with the grief so much that it is who are.

 Kate Merrick knows this pain and darkness too well. In fact she knows it better than anybody and she wants to help us see the way out. She hopes through her journey she can show you the light at the other end of that unending tunnel of darkness to a better place of moving on from the grief.

 I love the richness of Kate's authenticity in her writing. She is very real and it shows throughout the book. She is a great mentor for grieving people!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for an honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.