Skip to main content

Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love by Anna Whiston-Donaldson

Image:

When 12-year-old Jack was swept away and drowned in a flash flood, his family was thrust into a spiritual journey on which Jack’s favorite Bible verse—“For nothing is impossible with God”—provided solace. Still, the family’s shock, anger, grief, and myriad questions persisted.

In the chaos, author Whiston-Donaldson’s view of God expanded. She began to realize the impossibility of putting God in a box and learned that she couldn’t demand that life be fair on her terms. As days of grief unfolded, she experienced God’s comfort in unexpected ways: through dreams and visions given to others, through nature—birds, clouds, and rainbows—and through signs.

Though some of Whiston-Donaldson’s conclusions might make Reformed readers uncomfortable, her frank, at times raw and gritty story of loss and renewal always strives to honor God and remain faithful to him. Refreshingly honest,Rare Bird avoids cheap answers and syrupy spiritual conclusions to life-altering experiences. (Convergent Books)

  • ADVERTISEMENT

    Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

We Are Counting on You

The Banner is more than a magazine; it’s a ministry that impacts lives and connects us all. Your gift helps provide this important denominational gathering space for every person and family in the CRC.

Give Now

X