When God Says No:
My Journey through Grief to Acceptance
“A memoir … and a book of wisdom.”
—Rev. Andy Lambkin
“Brenda reminds us to live courageously in the face of adversity.”
—Fr. Mark James O.P.
What do we do when deep grief invades our lives? How do we negotiate the unwelcomed journey we find ourselves on? What do we do with our unspeakable pain? Even more, what do we do when we have asked God to spare the life of our loved one and he does not give the answer we hope for?
In When God Says No, Brenda Smit-James tells the story of her journey with grief following the untimely death of her mother – a journey where she questioned God and his goodness, questioned whether Jesus was worth following, and questioned the relevance of the Christian life.
In telling her story, Brenda shows us how grief can be engaged and not merely endured and how we can face the darkness of grief with quiet courage and, in so doing, find a way back into the light again.
Softcover Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Page Count: 168
About the Author:
Born and raised in South Africa, Brenda was a high-school English teacher before moving with her husband to Vancouver, Canada. There she switched careers and worked as a bookkeeper, accountant, and entrepreneur. At best, writing was merely a hobby. However, after her mother’s death, it became a tool to process and express her grief. Writing has since become Brenda’s lifeline and her life purpose. Through her writing courses, Brenda helps others to capture and tell their own stories.