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On February 14, 2008, while Joe and Laurel Dubowski were exchanging Valentine's gifts, a tragedy was unfolding on the campus of Northern Illinois University. A gunman had targeted students in a classroom, and their daughter, Gayle, was one of six who died that day.
In this brave and hopeful book, Joe takes us along on a journey he would never have chosen to travel. He recounts the details as they moved toward an understanding that was unthinkable and gut-wrenching. With great candor he gives us a glimpse into his thoughts and responses and approaches to healing over two-year period.
Introducing us to twenty-year-old Gayle, he celebrates her life and her faith. Gayle loved the rain. In fact, she loved it so much she would run outside and do cartwheels in the downpour. Thus we come to see Gayle's approach to life, and her exuberance calls us higher.
A book for all who have experienced loss and for all who comfort them, Cartwheels in the Rain is more than a recounting of the all-too-familiar happening of a school shooting. It is an affirmation that whatever we are called to face in this life, God is always there to hold us, to carry us, to carry us, to see us through.
|Publisher:||Discipleship Publications International|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
Part 1 The Storm
Chapter 1 Gayle, Interrupted 13
Chapter 2 The Clouds Gather 16
Chapter 3 The Storm Builds 26
Chapter 4 More Than an Ordinary Girl 33
Chapter 5 The Waves Break 41
Chapter 6 Gayle Remembered 65
Part 2 After the Storm
Chapter 7 Only Hope 79
Chapter 8 Letters to Gayle 91
Chapter 9 Not Our Plans 109
Chapter 10 The Work of Love Is Never in Vain 118
Chapter 11 Moving Through Grief 121
Chapter 12 Learning to Turn Cartwheels 129
Part 3 Appendix
Lyrics, Poems, Remembrances 143
Suggested Resources 149