Living Life with Lauren | Saturday, September 30, 2017

Kate Merrick is a wife to Britt, mom to Isaiah Harley, Daisy Love, and Pheodora Sunshine. Britt pastors a little church in Carpentaria, California. And Still She Laughs is her first book.

Kate examines the Bible’s gritty stories of resilient women as well as her own experience losing a child—a journey followed by more than a million on—to reveal the reality of surprising  joy and deep hope even in the midst of heartache.

She wrote And Still She Laughs for anyone who has been on this earth long enough to hit a roadblock, whether it's the death of a loved one or a nasty breakup. Life gets crazy hard, who doesn't need more joy? And sometimes, all we can do is be defiantly joyful. Because the book was written while reeling from the radical grief she experienced after Daisy died, it's uncomfortable at times. Perhaps a bit too honest, but not much is accomplished through pretending we have it all together. It's her journey from the bonds of bitter to the freedom of laughter, from the day Daisy died and the darkness that followed, to choosing to enjoy the beauty of life.

Kate says, “It makes me cry every time I do another round of edits, but there is a fair amount of funny, too. You might laugh, you'll probably cry, but mostly, you'll get a whole lotta Jesus. It's my prayer you can join me in trading a life of sorrow for one of sweetness.”

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