The Songs that Brought Me Back

This book’s coming out in a month–December 4th. I just finished beta-reading an early copy, and I really connected with the characters and story. Here’s the blurb:

Have you ever made a mistake? One so monumental you lost everything? I did, and I hate myself for it! All I want to do is close my eyes, and let the darkness consume me. Make it all go away. The end.

Ainsley is drowning in the depth of her despair. One wrong decision left her alone, with only regret as her constant companion. To escape it all, she makes another choice. One she hopes will end everything. Instead, she’s thrown into a whole new world filled with opportunities she doesn’t believe she deserves. Continue reading

Treasuring the Beautiful Broken Pieces

If you’re new to this blog, I lost my brother-in-law to suicide several years ago and occasionally post about it. The grief we experienced was profound…but God did not mean us to stay in the pit of despair forever.

I read a touching article, The Broken Bowl, written by Karen Athay Packer about this subject.  Her father was an artist.  For her wedding, he gave her a beautiful, handmade, ceramic bowl.  Years later, he committed suicide and left his family reeling with shock and bitterness. Continue reading

Pain—God’s Megaphone

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Today’s post is a little more serious than my normal ones.  One of my big reasons for starting this blog was to create a place where those who feel pain can come for comfort…and also for smiles and laughter.  Life is for joy…I truly believe that; but one can’t know joy unless he experiences pain.

In 2003 a tragic event touched my family’s life.  Remember my willow tree post?  Well, this about cut us to the ground.  My brother-in-law committed suicide.  I’d lost loved ones before, but suicide was like a knife to the heart—gouging out all happiness.  We were sucked into a cave of doom and gloom and couldn’t reach the light. Continue reading