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Watch the Book Trailer for Rare Bird

Are book trailers like movie trailers - do they entice you? Do you ever get the book after watching a trailer you really like? Tell us in the comments!

On an ordinary September day, twelve-year-old Jack is swept away in a freak neighborhood flood. His parents and younger sister are left to wrestle with the awful questions: How could God let this happen? And, Can we ever be happy again? They each fall into the abyss of grief in different ways. And in the days and months to come, they each find their faltering way toward peace.

In Rare Bird, Anna Whiston-Donaldson unfolds a mother’s story of loss that leads, in time, to enduring hope. “Anna’s storytelling,” says Glennon Doyle Melton, “is raw and real and intense and funny.”

With this unforgettable account of a family’s love and longing, Anna will draw you deeper into a divine goodness that keeps us—beyond all earthly circumstances—safe.


Congrats to Amy F., Donald K., Terry W., Sandra K., Glenna G., and 45 other members of the Read It Forward community! Their entries were selected at random to win an Advance Reader’s Copy of Rare Bird by Anna Whiston-Donaldson.

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About the Author

ANNA WHISTON-DONALDSON holds a master’s degree in English from Wake Forest University. She taught high school English and photojournalism for six years. Currently, she is popular blogger and manages a Christian bookstore. She lives with her husband, Tim, and daughter, Margaret, in suburban Washington, DC.
  • Grace

    Unable to view the trailer…says ” this video is private.”

    • Kira, editor @ Read It Forward

      Thanks for the head’s up, Grace! Video is viewable now.

      • Grace

        Watched it today…will get this book! Thanks.

  • Sandra K321

    I just got an email from you saying I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book. I am looking forward to receiving it.

  • Donna Rickey

    Hi I just got notified that I won a copy of your book Rare Bird. I am thrilled to add you to my reading list. I do like to view the trailers for the book. It gives me insight to what I am going to read.

  • Carrie Jones

    Having lost a child myself, I’d love to read this novel. My husband stays away from the subject in books, but I read them because I can identify with the characters.

    • Kira, editor @ Read It Forward

      Carrie, I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending you good wishes – I hope RARE BIRD brings you some comfort. It is a beautiful book.

  • Thea Reader

    I am jealous. I so much want to read this book.

  • MJfoodie

    After watching the video this is going on my must read list! I lost my granddaughter to anencephaly a few years ago and also experienced God in the midst indeed giving hope and comfort. This book sounds like something that could help those who have experienced the loss of a child like my son & daughter – in – law. I’m going to share this book with them.

  • suanne

    I would love to read this book as well.