Sunday 12 June 2022

A Reason for Everything - Amy Welborn

A Reason for Everything
A Short Story
Amy Welborn 

Since 2012 I have read over dozen volumes from the pen of Amy Welborn. With every book I read, the more I respect her skill, her talent, and her sharing of the Catholic faith. This story is a little different, in that it is being published at Watpad. It is one of four stories Welborn has started there. Some have yet to be finished and have not been updated in a few years. This one is an excellent read. Over the years I have greatly enjoyed Welborn’s non-fiction, but I am finding that her skill and craft at fiction is exceptional as well. 

This is a moving little story. A mother and daughter on vacation after the passing of husband and father. The two keep running into a person focused on social media, likes, follows and the such. Two passages that specifically spoke to me were:

“Him being dead.
He's here in spirit, I know it.
Really, I feel it, and I'm sure you do to.
And to be here right now in all of this beauty? Such a comfort, right? I can imagine.
I can't imagine.
It had seemed like a good idea at the time, this slipping into his space, assuming that because his space had been our space for twenty years, it would still be. The whole charade, I realized, was an attempt to trick myself into thinking he was still here.”

And also:

“She jumped up and did something else she hadn't done in a while, something so out of character since third grade, I'm thinking. Throwing her arms around me and holding me tight, she whispered, "Aren't you glad we're here? I am. So glad we're here."
"Thank you, Mom."
Don't thank me. I thought. For how else had she ended up here in this happy, surprising place? Thank your dad. The guy who died.”

A great little story about death, grief, family and more. I highly recommend it.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2022 Catholic Reading Plan

Books by Amy Welborn:
Reconciled to God Daily Lenten Devotions
Wish You Were Here: Travels Through Loss and Hope
A Catholic Woman's Book of Days
de-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of the Da Vinci Code
Loyola Kids Book of Saints
Loyola Kids Book of Heroes: Stories of Catholic Heroes and Saints throughout History
Prove It! God
Prove It! Church
Prove It! Jesus
Prove It! The Catholic Teen Bible
Here. Now. a Catholic Guide to the Good Life
The Words We Pray
Praying the Rosary: With the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries
Decoding Mary Magdalene: Truth, Legend, and Lies
Come Meet Jesus: An Invitation from Pope Benedict XVI
Be Saints! An Invitation from Pope Benedict XVI

Friendship with Jesus: Pope Benedict XVI talks to Children on Their First Holy Communion
Mary and the Christian Life: Scriptural Reflections on the First Disciple
Adventures in Assisi: On the Path with St. Francis: On the Path with St. Francis
Prepare Him Room: Advent Family Devotions
Daybreaks: Daily Reflections for Lent and Easter 
Parables: Stories of the Kingdom
The Absence of War
Relatable and Authentic, Transparent, So Real
All Will Be Well
Nothing Else Occurs To Me
A Reason for Everything

Prove It Series:
Prove It! God
Prove It! Church
Prove It! Jesus
Prove It! Prayer
Prove It! You
Prove It! The Catholic Teen Bible


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