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Falling for Grace

By Janet W. Ferguson

Description:

Grace Logan has taken a lot of tumbles in life, but she works hard to bounce right back. Dreams shattered and hope for reconciliation gone, Grace needs a place where she can pick herself up now that her ex is marrying her former best friend. Her boss's beach house in Santa Rosa seems like the perfect getaway, but stumbling into the attractive-but-damaged handyman next door isn't part of the plan.

​After losing his infant son--and his marriage--Seth Gibbs is left with smothering grief and guilt. Bad memories make it difficult to find a new normal, so he escapes to his family's vacation home. Three years later, he's still in Santa Rosa with no plans to leave. That is...until Grace falls into his life.

Book Takeaway:

This story deals with the incredibly painful grief of losing a child. I know I’m not able to adequately deliver the message of what horror that must be, having never lost a baby whom I had held in my arms. I did lose one through miscarriage, which was an extremely sad time for me—that deep ache of loss and disappointment. In my grief, I often felt isolated, since my husband and I were the only ones who had known this child—other than God. During that experience, I often mourned silently at the sight of fully pregnant women and infants born around when mine would’ve been, or reaching those sweet milestones. Not that I didn’t want others to be joyful and have healthy children, but I wondered what my child would’ve been like, and those what ifs often spun through my heart. What if I’d done something differently? Had I lifted something too heavy, worked too hard weeding the flower bed? Was it my fault? I
experienced the fear and worry of trying to have another child. Knowing in my heart, even if I did, another child was not a replacement for the baby I’d lost.

Losing a child goes against the natural order of things, breaking pieces of parents’ hearts that can’t be mended back to the way they were before. But I believe our God can take our sorrows and our tears, capture them, and form those crumbled shards in a new way, though painful, into something precious. We also need each other, friends. Grief support can be another way to climb out of that hollow, broken place. I pray for each of you who might be grieving and want to offer those dashed hopes the promise of the One who binds up the brokenhearted.

Awards:

Year Title Description
2019 Janet W. Ferguson Christy Award Finalist
2019 Janet W. Ferguson Selah Award Finalist

Why the author wrote this book:

I believe our God can take our sorrows and our tears, capture them, and form those crumbled shards in a new way, though painful, into something precious.

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