Review: And Still She Laughs

Book Description

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.

        `And Still She Laughs: Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering` by author Kate Merrick. And Still She Laughs is a spiritual growth book about one woman's excruciating aftermath of her young daughter's untimely death.

        This grieving mom spent two years going through and sorting out, her daughter's things. Looking for little treasures along the way. Remembering the way her daughter looked in leopard-print leggings, remembering the quirky writings of her daughter. Such as q-cumbers, rut beer, and keewee. Yet, this mom does not grieve alone. She has a family that grieves with her.

        This is a book full of emotion, a laugh here and there, bitterness and tears. I had to laugh when Kate mentioned a nest of mice. My emotions went from ugh to ewww as she described one little mouse and how cute it was. Of course, she didn't keep them and I was glad when the chapter moved on to the next best thing.

        In her writing, the author compares her life to those who proceeded her, such as, Bathsheba, Sarah, and Jesus mother Mary.

        Kate reminds her readers that it takes faith to see through the inky blackness and to see beyond the present sadness. It takes faith to face another day. (pg #87) The ending was very fulfilling. I recommend this book to fans of inspirational reading.

 Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book by BookLook. All opinions are my own."


Sandee said…
Sounds like a bittersweet kind of book. Especially for those that have lost a child.

Have a blessed day, Michelle. ☺

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