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A Mother's Journey is the powerful true story that is sure to offer undeniable hope to all. As she soaks in one of the last days of a perfect vacation in Costa Rica, Scalise has no idea that she is about to face an incomprehensible tragedy that will claim the life of her twelve-year-old daughter, Brooke. Hidden discoveries and simultaneous events too parallel to be deemed coincidence reveal that Brooke's life had a greater purpose and her soul was preparing for the journey home. As she begins to unravel Brooke's ...

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Overview

A Mother's Journey is the powerful true story that is sure to offer undeniable hope to all. As she soaks in one of the last days of a perfect vacation in Costa Rica, Scalise has no idea that she is about to face an incomprehensible tragedy that will claim the life of her twelve-year-old daughter, Brooke. Hidden discoveries and simultaneous events too parallel to be deemed coincidence reveal that Brooke's life had a greater purpose and her soul was preparing for the journey home. As she begins to unravel Brooke's messages, somewhere between conviction and proof, Jennifer finds an unshakable faith in eternal life and peace, knowing that Brooke remains by her side with a love unabridged by death.

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Local author Jennifer Scalise’s first book is a masterpiece of creativity, from the included family photos and drawings and letters from her daughter to the moving passages of raw emotion. Jennifer manages to take the reader along on her voyage of self-discovery without becoming maudlin or overbearing; she tells the horrific story in almost a matter-of-fact voice yet, just below the surface, you can feel the deep pain and loss.

In July 2009, Jennifer and her children were vacationing in Costa Rica. On a near-perfect day, as described by the author, at the end of an ATV tour, 12-year-old Brooke missed a turn and drove off a 260-foot cliff. Jennifer came upon the scene within seconds, and her life changed immediately and irrevocably. Brooke was gone.

In the days that followed, Jennifer, her two surviving children Paige and Blake, their father, grandparents, extended family, and friends endured overwhelming grief and pain as they questioned, investigated, and searched for answers. Jennifer leaves out almost nothing in this story of love and suffering.

A touching story, this book is a must-read for anyone who has lost a child. Jennifer Scalise has written a very, very beautiful, loving tribute to her daughter Brooke.
--Creve Coeur Patch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936691012
  • Publisher: Lakeland Press LLC
  • Publication date: 12/7/2011
  • Pages: 318
  • Sales rank: 1,454,510
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer L. Scalise is a devoted, single mother who resides in St. Charles, Missouri, with her two children. After the accidental death of her twelve-year-old daughter, Brooke, Jennifer brought to life the Brooke Scalise Foundation, a nonprofit organization that represents Brooke's life passions by enriching the lives of junior high school youth by granting funds for them to attend church camp. Alongside her efforts in building awareness about the dangers of traveling to third world countries, Scalise is a member of Concerned Families for ATV Safety and continues to share her strength with others who have lost a loved one.

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  • Posted October 19, 2013

    First, let me just say that the book is not my usual genre of re

    First, let me just say that the book is not my usual genre of reading. Right from the start of the book I found it interesting enough to keep me reading. The book was well written, had an excellent flow and a moving story. The emotions and lessons of life are well presented and unforgettably moving. Well worth a read or two!


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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Loved it

    I loved this book it has helped me so much.

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  • Posted January 21, 2013

    I recently was surfing the web about parents that lost a child i

    I recently was surfing the web about parents that lost a child in a atv  accident. I just lost my daughter 6 months ago in a tragic ATV accident as well she was 15 years old. This book is awesome, helpful as I read this book it hit home all too many times it could be our story as well. It was helpful. I knew from the moment my daughter passed that she was in Heaven and Jesus took her up no suffering no pain it all happend to fast.  thank you Jennifer to writing  your story.  As I read this book I finished the sentences before I finished reading them as it is so hard to lose a child. WE all have a journey and this teaches that we do,  you must have the faith to know that your children are ok and we will see them again. From the moment I lost   my daughter    I wondered how I would go on.  I have two other daughters who need. me  This book is hard to read, but uplifting.  It helps the parents that have and are going through this as well as if you were a close friend that wanted to help others and know what it is like going through the hardest thing a parent could ever go through. The pain does not go away but if we find peace that she is OK ,  that are loved ones are OK and we must move on and have Faith. 

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    Excellent read, but a hard read indeed. Scalise includes many d

    Excellent read, but a hard read indeed. Scalise includes many different stories and intertwines them well. I especially liked the pictures of Brooke and the notes that Brooke wrote about God. It was quite moving and must have been very healing for Scalise to write and publish. Brooke's life was a beacon of hope for many and will continue to be as people read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    This story will move you. This story will awaken faith if you l

    This story will move you. This story will awaken faith if you lost it along the way. Jennifer shares her story of loosing Brooke and bares her soul. Her writing is so good, you don't read her words, you feel them. You feel her pain, her questioning, her anger, her longing, her love. Brooke was destined to be a sign of faith and hope that so many need and Jennifer has honored her daughter in every way by sharing this story. I am forever moved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Jennifer Scalise tells her story in a deeply personal way that d

    Jennifer Scalise tells her story in a deeply personal way that draws the reader into her book. She vividly describes her children's joyful early years, the searing agony of the time around Brooke's death, and the comfort, inspiration, and connection she's found with Brooke since. A Mother's Journey offers a message for any reader. It has opened my heart and mind, and made me a much better person--and mother.

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

    highly recommended- A must read on grief and healing

    This was a very heart warming book to read since I also lost my daughter recently and live in the same area. It was amazing how she could write this after so soon loosing her daughter. it made you smile, cry and believe that our loved ones who have passed are in a better place and that we will one day see them again. It also makes you believe that the signs they send are real and that they are always by our side helping us deal with their passing.
    Wonderful book.

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    Posted January 30, 2012

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