Rare Bird is the memoir of Love and Loss by Anna Whiston-Donaldson. Her book is a poignant story of her journey of trying to find how to live again after the loss of her 12-year-old son, Jack. Jack was killed in a tragic accident and Anna instantly went from a mom of two to a mom of one. How in the world do you do that? Anna shares her journey in this memoir. She writes in an easy to read style though the subject is heart breaking.
I appreciated how she lets the reader get to know Jack in a realistic way. Her ability to share stories of Jack with us was powerful. Her momma’s heart was obvious but she did not make Jack into a saint, rather shared the many sides of him. This openness helped me develop a true love for him which made the loss even more real for me as the reader.
Anna also allowed me to walk with her through days and years of grief. Her transparency was amazing to me and blessed me. Her need for and struggle with her faith during this unthinkable time of her life was encouraging to my heart.
I cannot imagine learning to live again after a loss like Anna and her family had to but I am thankful she has learned this, not to mention her willing to share it with us.
Though Rare Bird is a difficult book to read due to the subject Ann’s ability to share her heart and the ultimate hope in our Lord is a blessing and I encourage you to go there with her.