After losing her daughter to cancer, blogger Kate Merrick invites readers to discover joy in the depths of complete sorrow in her new memoire.
And Still She Laughs: Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering
In her new book, And Still She Laughs: Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering (March 7, 2017, Nelson Books), 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 PrayForDaisy.com –revealing the reality of surprising joy and deep hope even in the midst of heartache.
“I blogged my way through Daisy’s cancer treatment,” said Merrick, “And after she lost her battle, I went completely silent, grieving for three years and trying to understand what had happened. As I started to laugh and experience happiness again, I realized so much came in the form of community – with Biblical women who suffered, and ultimately with Jesus. In my grief after losing Daisy I was still coming out of the valley, hence the openly honest content, and it helped me tremendously to chronicle that journey.”
In And Still She Laughs, Merrick writes poignantly and transparently about finding joy in sorrow and shows how one can rise above unbearable circumstances and live life fully. She turns to stories in the Bible of real women who dealt with pain and survived: Sarah’s 25 year struggle to have a child; Bathsheba’s traumatic relationship with her king; and Mary’s unexpected pregnancy followed by the death of her son, Jesus, before her eyes.
“I want people to know that suffering isn’t to be feared,” said Merrick. “We should all feel the freedom to cry and to laugh, and to ultimately love Jesus better through the beauty of joy. When given a shot, beauty and goodness burst forth from the most sorrowful of stories.”
And Still She Laughs is Merrick’s first book. To find out more about Merrick or And Still She Laughs, please visit her website.
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