I've been reading Matt Logelin's blog for nearly 3 years. I'm not sure how I came across it but it was shortly after the birth of his daughter and the death of his wife. The happiness and sadness of those events had me completely hooked and I looked forward to his posts everyday, no matter how sad they were. And believe me, they were sad.
When he announced last year that he would be writing a book, I looked forward to reading it. He is a great writer and I was so happy that he was willing to write about his grief which I'm sure was not easy to do. He went to India to get inspiration to write the book. India was a special place for them and I'd say he got all the inspiration he needed. What a great book.
I purchased it on Thursday during my lunch break and sat in the food court of the mall reading it. I read the 3 page foreword and was already crying. I decided that this was a book to read at home, in private so I read the first 3 chapters and when I saw that Chapter 4 was about the birth of Maddy, I closed the book and promised myself that I would read it on Saturday. I opened the book on Saturday at noon and finished it Saturday night. I couldn't put it down.
The book ends at Maddy's first birthday, which was in 2009. If you read Matt's blog you know how many exciting things have happened in their lives since then. I hope that Matt will write another book that details the past few years and how he has learned to cope with his wife's death over the years. This is a beautiful book. You will want to hug your loved ones. You will cry, smile and laugh. Your heart will ache for Matt and his family. It will ache for Liz and how she never had a chance to hold her daughter.
Since I am done reading this book and don't want it to sit around collecting dust, I'm going to give it away to one of you....under one condition. Matt is donating $7 from every book sale to the Liz Logelin Foundation. Matt started this foundation to help widows and widowers with young families who find themselves in the heartbreaking, catastrophic situation of having lost a spouse, life partner or parent. Since I am giving this book away, I am going to make a $7 contribution to the LLF in place of you buying the book yourself. If YOU pass the book along to someone else, I urge you to donate $7 to the LLF. Why $7? 7 was Liz's favorite number.
Just leave a comment in this post if you'd like to win this book. And again, please, please, please internet pinky swear to me that if you win this book, you'll make a $7 contribution. It is such a great charity to donate to since the money collected goes straight to helping families in need. I'll do a random drawing a pick a winner Monday morning. Feel free to pass this blog link around to your friends if you'd like them to enter to win the book.
**This book contains profane language. A few many "F" words here and there. You've been warned**