Book Club

Book Club

Join us as we read suggested books about grief. Find our book club selections at your local book store or your favorite online book retailers.

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Only Spring
by Gordon Livingston, M.D.

September 2021 Recommended Book Selection

The loss of a child is every parent’s most unspeakable fear. Gordon Livingston survived that tragedy not once but twice in a 13-month period, losing one son to suicide and another to leukemia.

Only Spring, based on the journal he began keeping when the family received six-year-old Lucas’s diagnosis, traces the excruciating ordeal of witnessing his child’s courageous battle and the agonizing cycle of faith lost and hope regained. As a memorial, Only Spring will introduce you to a remarkable child whose legacy of hope and love can enrich each of us. As a portrait of survival, it will infuse us with the strength.

More to Life than More
by Alan Pesky

October 2021 Recommended Book Selection

At the age of thirty, just as everything was falling into place for him, Lee Pesky died of brain cancer. For his father, Alan, grief came with the realization that he had lost the chance to love Lee as he was—not as he wanted him to be. Ambitious, successful, and always striving for more, Alan had a hard time relating to a son who struggled with learning disabilities at a time when there was little understanding or help for kids who had them. Their relationship was complicated, and now, Lee was gone.

Future Widow
by Jenny Lisk

In Future Widow, Jenny goes behind the scenes of her journey through those tumultuous and heartbreaking months. She reflects on the community who showed her how to be an ally in a crisis, her search for guides on how to parent grieving children, and the dual reality of having to choose–and getting to choose–what her future will look like.
Through it all, she grapples with this fundamental question:

Do I have what it takes to help my young family survive my husband’s terminal illness?

Previous Book Club Selections

No Winter Lasts Forever by Fran Shelton
Refined by Fire by Mary Potter Kenyon
Black Widow by Leslie Gray Streeter
You Can’t Do It Alone by Maria Quiban Whitesell
beautiful and terrible things by Christian M.M. Brady
Traveling Solo but Never Alone by Bill Harrison
Passed & Present by Allison Gilbert
The Beauty of What Remains By Steve Leder