Searching for Mom

Within a few pages of Sara Easterly’s award-winning memoir Searching for Mom, I suspected this author would reach far beyond her narrative as an adopted daughter searching for connection with her adoptive and biological mothers.

And she does, with beautifully written, courageous, and wise insights. With humility and profound authenticity.

For as long as she can remember, the original abandonment Sara experienced when her birth mother relinquished her colored not only her relationships, but her very sense of self. Until, via a holy recipe of suffering and love, she emerged from her chrysalis of isolation. To avoid spoilers, I’ll let her tell you how she did it. The story’s rich, lively, heartbreaking, humorous.

But there’s more. As expert story-tellers do, Sara gave me more than a good narrative. She hauled me beneath the engaging story of her growth from child to adult woman to mother of Olive and Violet and helped me explore motives and attachments, resentments and misunderstandings, longings and love that mothers and daughters everywhere encounter, but too seldom explore head-on.

Whether you’re a mother or a grown daughter, adopted or not, this book will heap your plate. And if you are both? You’ll find touch-points in Sara’s story for examining generational trails that shape families. You’ll experience empathy for both Sara and her birth mom, and in so doing will find yourself in tears, sitting at the door of mercy, infused with courage to improve your closest relationships.

I sure did.


And IN AN EGGSHELL, here are social media posts from earlier this week:

Before leaves were past tense.

“Remember the former things . . .”

—Isaiah 46:9


I’m listening.

“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

—Hebrews 4:7


If fisticuffs were vapor.

“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

—John 16:33


Okay, Readers. Learning as I go…


Author friends have suggested we start fresh on the Goose Ridge Giveaway. If you’d like to be included in next week’s drawing for a 20th Anniversary copy of THE VIEW FROM GOOSE RIDGE, leave me a note on my contact page here.

For this next drawing, you’ll need to sign up again . . . Even if you’ve entered in past weeks.

Even if you’re already on my email list.

I’ll hold the hat and my husband will draw a name from those who contact me. This week, the winner is Rebecca Buys Hansen! Congratulations, Rebecca! Please send me your mailing address, and I’ll get a copy right off to you.

First published early in 2001 by Thomas Nelson, this collection of devotional stories set in rural Washington State has found its way into many thousands of homes around the world. Now published by HarperCollins Christian, it’s been dubbed a classic.

Thanks for your terrific interest, friends. Fun to celebrate with you—and to introduce this book to a new generation of readers.


Welcome friends, I’m glad you’re here.

Watching Nature, Seeing Life: Through His Creation, God Speaks.

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Love the outdoors? I can take you there. Rural & wild PNW posts and photos from a naturalist, faith writer, and author of three books, including the award-winning novel Sugar Birds. Member of Redbud Writers Guild.

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