The Color of Rain: How Two Families Found Faith, Hope, and Love in the Midst of Tragedy  -     By: Michael & Gina Spehn
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The Color of Rain: How Two Families Found Faith, Hope, and Love in the Midst of Tragedy

Zondervan / 2012 / Paperback

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When two childhood friends die of cancer six weeks apart, the shared experience of loss brings their grieving spouses together. Told from alternating points of view, this remarkable real-life Brady Bunch story is about what it means to endure the unthinkable---and still open our hearts to what's next.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 0310318890
ISBN-13: 9780310318897
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Matt Kell is a young husband and father in the late stages of terminal cancer. His former classmate Cathy Spehn has recently moved to his hometown with her husband and three children. Four weeks after Matt dies on Christmas Day, Cathy develops a bad headache. She dies seventeen days later of inoperable brain cancer. On her last day of life, she tells her husband, Michael: “Call Gina Kell.”

The Color of Rain illuminates the stepping-stones of healing that led to a new life for Michael, Gina, and their five children. This remarkable real-life Brady Bunch story explores the differences between despair and grief, denial and joy, bitterness and redemption.

Told from alternating points of view, Michael and Gina’s gripping journey of “growing new hearts” inspires readers to not just survive loss but to receive the courage, faith, and identity that God gives in the midst of tragedy—and be transformed forever.

Author Bio

Michael and Gina Spehn, joined together by the loss of their spouses, co-founded The New Day Foundation for Families, which provides financial, emotional, and spiritual resources for families with children who have lost a parent to cancer. They are privileged to share their story and faith as speakers and as hosts of a weekly talk radio show, Your Family Matters, in Detroit, MI. Michael and Gina, along with their five children, make their home in southeastern Michigan.

Gina Kell Spehn is a wife, mom of five, author, radio show host, and philanthropist. She is the Director of the New Day Foundation for Families, a non-profit dedicated to the families of children who lose a parent to cancer. Gina seeks to glorify God through her life and family and enjoys cooking with friends, reading and watching her kids play sports.

 

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  1. Leavittsburg, OH
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Color of Rain
    October 24, 2014
    Stash
    Leavittsburg, OH
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Excellent book. Perfect timing as God brings two families together in the face of tragedy.
  2. Chesterfield, VA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Examples of faith & courage in the face of tragedy
    April 10, 2012
    Pat B
    Chesterfield, VA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    While knowing the story and the eventual outcome, the faith and love expressed by dying spouses was such an incredible witness to see unfold. Truly remarkable the way the Lord prepared them, and gave them a happy ending!!!!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book
    January 4, 2012
    Shirley Salo
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Loved this book. It really held my interest and wanted to just sit and read it all day long.
  4. Bethlehem, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 30, 2011
    pianosusan
    Bethlehem, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The book was truly inspiring. Did not want to put it down. It's an unforgettable story.
  5. Missouri
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Raw and Beautiful
    October 21, 2011
    Robin Prater
    Missouri
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is one of the most poignant and raw books I have had the pleasure of reading. Real and remarkable. This true story takes you into the depths of heartache. We are given the real image of what cancer and death do to a family. I must be honest and share with you, this was a hard read for me. It was deep and I mean deep for the reasoning that you see into the rooms of the dying. I think it was so hard for me, because cancer took my dad at a young age. So, I have seen this evil first hand and these pages brought me back to those days and made it all too real for me again.

    This story is written by Gina and Michael, who both lost their spouses to cancer. Their spouses were high school friends. Gina begins sharing in the first chapter and then Michael shares. I love how the book goes from each of their lives. This would be the saddest book I have ever read, but it doesn't stop there. Both Cathy Spehn (Michael's wife) and Matt Kell, (Gina's husband) knew exactly where they were going after their walk on this earth. Heaven was just a breath away and for these families, they came together in the worst of times, but all along, God had a plan. Before Cathy died, she told her husband to call, Gina. She knew, Gina, had lost her husband and could help Michael in his darkest times.

    This book is filled with hope, faith and love. Grace covers each page. We see the anger and resentment. We see family members come to know Christ through the faith that was witnessed by all who knew Matt and Cathy. We learn that even in tragedy blessings abound. God is real and not far from us, but right there with us in the midst of each and every trial.

    I was honored to read this book. To read about the lives of Matt and Cathy. They were not only filled with grace and dignity, but with honor for life. Even in the end they continued to place their families first. Although this book brought back memories of my dad for me, it was a book that blessed my heart.

    Once you read the book you get the sweet gift of understanding the title. We see new beginnings take shape and God move in these families, bringing beauty from ashes. I love how Michael and Gina brought their children together and shared in an honest way with them. My heart will forever remember these pages I have read. I feel as though I knew Matt and Cathy. The photos shared in this book are breathtaking. Yes, this was a hard read, but one that grabs hold of your heart and brings you to the table of thankfulness.

    This book was a gift from Zondervan for it's review.
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