And Still She Laughs – Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering by Kate Merrick

Kate Merrick faced the challenge of doubting God’s goodness when her 5-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer and, three years later, went home to be with the Lord. In her book, Kate Merrick tackles the question of how to handle the hard things that God gives to us — and how God’s love for us can be seen in tears of sorrow and joy alike. And Still She Laughs looks at the lives of the resilient, gutsy women of the Bible and finds the surprising joy and deep hope even in the midst of heartache.

“Whether we are aware of it or not, we tie God’s love directly to the tangible presence of what we consider to be good things, but what if his care for us means something else entirely?” (Kate Merrick)

Kate Merrick tackles the hard question of whether God is good — and this is something I am sure we all think at one point or other in our lives. But she reflects on this out of her own experiences, and it means that this comes right from the heart. The conclusion she comes to is that in the midst of the darkness and in the depths of sorrow, God has given us joy and beauty.

In her book, Kate Merrick portrays in an honest way what the death of her daughter did to her heart, the painful and ugly moments that she had to live through — but she concludes that suffering can be our teacher, as the sufferer sees the world through different lenses now. There is beauty born out of suffering, and a different appreciation for the gifts that God gives us.

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