Colors of Goodbye by September Vaudrey
A Memoir of Holding On, Letting Go, and Reclaiming Joy in the Wake of Loss

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What happens after the worst happens?
Before May 31, 2008, September Vaudrey’s life was beautiful. But on that day, with one phone call from the ER, her whole world―everything she knew and believed―was shaken to the core. Katie, her 19-year-old artist daughter, had been in a car accident and would not survive. How does a family live in the wake of devastating tragedy? When darkness colors every moment, is it possible to find light? Can God still be good, even after goodbye?

With the depth of C. S. Lewis’s A Grief Observed and the poignancy of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, Colors of Goodbye offers a moving glimpse into a mother’s heart. Combining literary narrative and raw reflection, September Vaudrey walks through one of life’s worst losses―the death of a child―and slowly becomes open to watching for the unexpected ways God carries her through it. It’s a story of love and tragedy in tandem; a deeply personal memoir from a life forever changed by one empty place. And at its core, Colors of Goodbye calls to the deepest part of our spirits to know that death is not the end . . . and that life can be beautiful still.
 

About September Vaudrey

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September Vaudrey is a writer and content developer at Willow Creek Community Church. Along with herhusband, Scott, September leads Life After Loss workshops, helping families learn how to understand,navigate, and heal from trauma. She finds deep satisfaction in keeping a few close friends, making things from scratch, and finding just the right word. She and her husband, Scott, live in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
 
Published March 18, 2016 by Tyndale Momentum. 319 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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