About The Book:
When two childhood friends die of cancer six weeks apart, the shared experience of loss brings their grieving spouses together. Told from alternating points of view, this remarkable real-life Brady Bunch story is about what it means to endure the unthinkable—and still open our hearts to what’s next.
Matt Kell and Cathy Spehn had known each other since grade school. As adults, they each married, lived in their hometown and attended the same church. Their kids attended school together.
Matt died at home on Christmas Day after a three-year battle with cancer, leaving behind his wife, Gina, and two young boys. Prior to his death, Matt recorded a video diary for his sons, which included his desire and expectations that their mom would love again. After attending Matt’s inspirational funeral and reaching out to Gina with offers of support, Cathy was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. She died only seventeen days later, leaving behind her husband, Michael, and three young children. In her final hours, Cathy instructed Michael to “call Gina Kell.” The Color of Rain illuminates the stepping-stones of loss and healing that ultimately led to a joyful new life for Michael, Gina and their five children. Their path to becoming a modern day Brady Bunch was filled with grief, laughter, and a willingness to be restored to a new and even better life, despite the inevitable resistance they faced. As the dual first-person narrative reveals what it is like to walk through loss and love simultaneously, readers receive an intimate look at how this ordinary group of people lived, died, and ultimately persevered through extraordinary circumstances.
You can read an excerpt of this book, here in PDF format.
About The Authors:
Michael and Gina Spehn, joined together by the loss of their spouses, co-founded The New Day Foundation for Families, which provides financial, emotional, and spiritual resources for families with children who have lost a parent to cancer. They are privileged to share their story and faith as speakers and as hosts of a weekly talk radio show, Your Family Matters, in Detroit, MI. Michael and Gina, along with their five children, make their home in southeastern Michigan.
You can check out their website for more information about their journey!
The Color of Rain is a beautifully written story of two families that have to travel the journey of illness and death, but along that journey find love, hope and healing. You will cry as you read this book, but you will also be encouraged and inspired to live life to the fullest and appreciate every moment you have with your loved ones. I know it did for me.
As a cancer survivor myself, I cherish each day I have with my loved ones, and as I read the journey's taken through The Color of Rain, I was brought to tears more than once as I recalled my own journey. Full of emotion, this book is well written and grabs your attention from the very first pages.
I highly recommend this book to all and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase The Color of Rain at your favorite bookseller from Zondervan Publishers
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Zondervan, as a member of their blogging review program, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***