Review of “Rare Bird”


About a month ago, I had an email from one of the programs I review books for, offering me an extra book called Rare Bird by Anna Whiston-Donaldson. It was a memoir, which is one of my favorite kind of books to read, so I accepted.

I had absolutely no idea what I was in for with Rare Bird, but I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to read it.

In 2011, Anna Whiston-Donaldson, blogger at An Inch of Gray, had the perfect life– a devoted husband, two beautiful children, a nice home outside of Washington, D.C., and a job in her church’s bookstore. Then one afternoon, her two children went out to play in the rain, and only one came home, leaving her life feeling shattered.

Rare Bird is a beautiful and touching story of one family struggling to find hope and joy in the midst of tragedy. Raw, honest, and intense, Rare Bird will move you to tears, and will strengthen your faith, reminding you that in every storm of life, there is a rainbow, and that we are always held by a loving Father.

Whiston-Donaldson’s writing is tender, yet very real, so be aware that there is a liberal sprinkling of foul language, including a few “f-bombs”. Also, I was uncomfortable with her discussion of stories of people returning from heaven, as well as “receiving messages” from her dead son through her college friend turned psychic.

Overall, I found Rare Bird to be a touching story, and I would recommend it to the discerning and mature reader. I would give Rare Bird a “C+”.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Waterbrook Multnomah Blogging for Books Program. 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 .


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