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In the excruciating aftermath of her young daughter's death from cancer, Kate Merrick struggled to find a way to live. Not just to survive or go through the motions, but to live fully. Faithfully. With real joy and inevitable tears.
To discover how, Kate delved into the stories in the Bible of real women who suffered deeply and emerged somehow joyful. In her encounters with these heroines of the faith, Kate discovered how to have contentment--and even joy--whatever the circumstances.
By turns heartbreaking and humorous, And Still She Laughs reveals the secret to finding hope in the midst of devastation. In the end, no matter what hardships we face, we can smile, cry, and come away full--laughing without fear and eagerly looking for what is to come.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
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Kate Merrick examines the Bibles gritty stories of resilient women as well as her own experience losing a childa journey followed by more than a million on prayfordaisy.comto reveal the reality of surprising joy and deep hope even in the midst of heartache.
Is it possible live fullyeven joyfullyin the middle of overwhelming pain?
In the excruciating aftermath of her young daughters death from cancer, Kate Merrick struggled to find a way to live. Not just to survive or go through the motions, but to live fully. Faithfully. With real joy amid inevitable tears.
To discover how, Kate delved into the stories in the Bible of real women who suffered deeply and emerged somehow joyful. How did Sarah, after twenty-five years of achingly empty arms, learn 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 her encounters with these heroines of the faith, Kate discovered how to have contentmentand even joywhatever the circumstances.
By turns heartbreaking and humorous, And Still She Laughs reveals the secret to finding hope in the midst of devastation. In the end, no matter what hardships we face, we can smile, cry, and come away fulllaughing without fear and eagerly looking for what is to come.
"And Still She Laughs is the terrifying, tearful, heartbreaking, heart healing and humorous, definitive true story of survival and triumph."
Kathy Ireland, chair of Kathy Ireland Worldwide
"Kate Merrick is one of those women that I always wish I had more time withher honesty, sincerity, and messy straightforwardness are different, in the very best way. Her book, And Still She Laughs, is the same way. Its one of those books I will keep coming back to it for truth and inspiration."
Lindsey Nobles, COO of the IF:Gathering
Kate Merrick is a writer, speaker, pastors wife, mama of a teen and a toddler, surfer, part-time cowgirl, and self-proclaimed chicken whisperer. She has been married to Britt for 19 years and they live in Carpinteria, California, where they founded the Reality family of churches. In 2013 she endured the death of her daughter, Daisy Love, after suffering through cancer treatment for three and a half years. Kate is making her way back toward laughter and finding life to be filled with good things.
Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Laughter on the Pathway of LamentMay 18, 2017Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When we read about women in the Bible, theres a tendency to flatten them out into cardboard characters, one-dimensional and distant. Kate Merrick was in that camp as well, intimidated by the fabulous woman of Proverbs 31, judging Bathsheba, missing the depth of Marys sacrifice in saying yes to God, and brushing Sarah off as that old lady who had a baby.
Then, her nine-year-old daughter died of cancer.
Desperate for moorings in an ocean of loss, Kate looked to the Truth of Scripture and found there a community of women who had suffered as she was suffering. When she delved into their stories, her collision course with bitterness and despair slowly turned toward joy and peaceful acceptance of the will of God. In And Still She Laughs, Kate Merrick is still writing from that liminal place between tangible grief and the new normal that finds its way to the surface, so her words are raw and real, and just about right for me in these days following the death of my mum.
Like breaking in a new pair of jeans, like the bathing suit that fits everyone differently, like a water balloon that if you let just a little bit out it might explode on everyone, Kate employs multiple metaphors to bring her readers into the world that opened up to her when she joined the ranks of the bereaved. Still longing for the old jeans, and having realized that grief looks different on everyone, she encourages readers to throw her book across the room if it helps and then to come back to it later at a different stage of grieving.
A Path Through Grief
Since a Western understanding of living blessed only served to drive Kate further into bitterness, she turned to the stories of biblical women, for whether one reads Bathsheba as roof-top temptress or helpless victim, the ultimate outcome of King Davids moral lapse was the loss of their baby son. Bathshebas story became a virtual grief support group for Kate since so many of their story-points coincided:
When I was the only woman I knew who had experienced death so close to my heart, I remember how she had too. . . She whispered strength, dignity, and fearlessness. When I was comforted with a pregnancy, I remembered that she had been too. She showed me how to be loyal to another child while grieving the first. She held my hand in the gloom, leaned close to my ear and whispered, Me too.'
Then there was the dawning realization that, like Sarah, grief and bitterness were leading Kate toward a bitter, hardened laughter, like a waste product of a sick heart. Sarahs Old Testament story sounds idyllic from a distance: remarkable beauty, a godly husband with unlimited assets, a bevy of servants, and exotic travel opportunities and Kate is convinced that Sarah was covered in swanky accessories. (Sure, why not?) But then, there were the empty arms, and the seemingly empty promises of God: Sarah had waited so long that even good news elicited bitterness, bubbling forth in a sneering laugh alone in her tent.
Opening the heart to a journey of grief puts a mother in company with Mary, who demonstrated that a yes to God can lead to a sword through the heart.
The yes doesnt always make sense. We dont fully understand how God works, but we read in 2 Corinthians 1:20: For all of Gods promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding Yes! And through Christ, our Amen (which means Yes) ascends to God for his glory.
Ultimately, Kate realized that her bitterness was directed toward God. She had lost sight of the truth that, in her suffering, Jesus was suffering with her. In the midst of our own Romans 8 groaning, we need to hear, again and again, that we are foreigners on this planet, but we do not grieve without hope. Like Mary, Bathsheba, and Sarah, we are citizens of heaven and live in anticipation of a day in which death will be swallowed up in life, the empty arms of grieving mums will be filled, and the laughter our hearts long for will never end.
This book was provided by Thomas Nelson in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5And Still She Laughs ~ Kate MerrickMay 1, 2017debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a very inspirational book of one women that lost her young child to cancer and kept going. Kate tells us of her own heartbreak, tears and laughter of how to get through it all in GOD's way. She will give us her story and then give a story of a women in the bible that had to deal with experiences also.
I would recommend this read to anyone that wants a great story of how laughter is the best medicine for anything in life. This is a very inspirational, encouraging and teaches the word of GOD. Loved this book and it would make a great gift for anyone. **Remember Mother's Day is coming up**
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Booklook. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
kickiInyokern, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Powerful. Real.March 20, 2017kickiInyokern, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Grew up in Ventura and have known the Merrick family through family and friends. Got the book when visiting there and could not put it down. Honest, inspiring, and challenging - just what we need when facing our own mountains and valleys.