When Mountains Crumble by Danita Jenae
I’ve written a lot about pregnancy loss and the grief associated with it because of my experience with losing two babies. Raw grief in the immediate aftermath of loss (and honestly, for a long time after) left me feeling isolated, confused, and like I was standing alone in a storm that no one else seemed to notice.
Because I share about my own seasons of loss and grief, I’m often asked for book recommendations that address these topics, which is why I’m grateful to be able to tell you about a new resource for the grieving.
When Mountains Crumble: Rebuilding Your Life After Losing Someone You Love, by Danita Jenae, is a gentle companion for any grief journey. Her personal story is that of becoming a young widow at a most unexpected time (is loss ever really expected?), but she speaks so honestly and concisely about grief, that her words are easily relatable no matter what kind of loss you’ve experienced.
The book is broken into the following eight sections which provide the reader comprehensive support through the varying aspects of grief:
- Fog and Shock (how grief affects you)
- The Topography of Grief (what to expect)
- Find Your Footing (soul-care)
- Companions in Sorrow (grief + community)
- Derailed and Shaken (doubts + questions)
- The Crossroads (faith + emotions)
- The Veil Between Heaven and Earth (you + your loved one)
- Sacred Ground (hope of redemption)
Additionally, When Mountains Crumble provides ample opportunity for the reader to process, reflect, and ask hard questions. Scripture, prayers, permission to wrestle with God, and encouragement to rest in God are in abundance, because as any griever knows, loss can both challenge our faith and encourage us to draw near to our Creator (sometimes both at the same time!)
Perhaps the best part of the book, is that Danita does not ask us to make sense out of something that doesn’t make sense. She candidly talks about the challenges of grieving in a world that isn’t comfortable with grief.
Grief is difficult to navigate alone. With a book like When Mountains Crumble, you don’t have to.
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About When Mountains Crumble
(From the publisher) Grief leaves us with empty arms and fistfuls of questions. If we don’t get help processing our loss, we can easily get stuck there. But take heart—there is hope to be found for the way ahead.
When Mountains Crumble offers you an interactive, healing journey through the big questions and emotions of grief. This book serves as your companion and guide, providing practical wisdom and thought-provoking questions that will help you wrestle with the pain you’re feeling.
Danita Jenae, a survivor of loss herself, helps lighten your load of sorrow with gripping honesty, reassuring gentleness, and a mild case of dark humor. She braves topics like doubting God’s goodness and wondering why this happened. Danita will help you:
- Grieve in your own way at your own pace
- Make peace with the big emotions of sorrow
- Process your doubts and questions
- Find peace and laughter, even in the heartbreak
When Mountains Crumble isn’t a formulaic how-to book because there’s no right or wrong way to grieve. In fact, you’ll find the freedom and permission to feel what you need to feel and ask what you need to ask. Through vivid word pictures, poetry, and illustrations, you’ll begin to understand your grief in a fresh way. By sifting through the ashes alongside Danita, you’ll uncover peace for now and hope for the future. And as you begin to embark on this difficult journey . . . you’ll no longer feel so alone.