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It Doesn't End Here: An Amazing Journey of Faith and Forgiveness Paperback – June 2, 2011
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- Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, The Deacon's Heart Blog, July 8, 2011
It Doesn’t End Here Review: The blend of her very human reactions to the crests and troughs of her amazing journey, along with the humanity of these Saints, works like Saint Therese’s “lift to heaven,” helping us to see that, even at our most down-and-out moments, “it truly doesn’t end here.”
-Randy Beeler The Catholic Comedy: Proving a Catholic Sense of Comic Relief for a Would-Be-Tragic Age - July 24, 2011
I don’t think Dawn Marie Roeder ever thought that she would be a ‘profile in courage.’ Yet that’s what she became when her son was killed in a tragic accident related to a doctor recommended drug which had grave consequences...
- Deacon Tom Fox, Catholic Vitamin blog, - June 5, 2011
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It Doesn't End Here by Dawn Marie Roeder is an extraordinary chronicle which I read in one sitting; I simply could not put it down. The beautifully composed and heartrending memoir describes the horrific death of Mrs. Roeder's darling two year old son Nathaniel, her only child, in a car accident. The accident was the result of the side effects of a prescription medication for ADHD, a medication which is known to occasionally induce a psychotic state. Mrs. Roeder, as the unwitting victim of a failure of the medical profession, faced a journey to hell and back again. Interwoven with Scripture passages about the Seven Sorrows of Mary, the book confronts the reality of evil and how innocent people are hurt by it. Holding on to the hope of Heaven and eternity becomes the compass which guides the author back from the abyss.
Mrs. Roeder writes with honest clarity, from the heart, which make the power of the emotions she describes all the more poignant. With many twists, turns and flashbacks, the book reads like a mystery novel in the way that the layers are slowly peeled back to expose the truth. Anyone who has ever suffered a loss will identify with the pain described and find new hope as well. Most of all, a special little boy lives in the pages of the book; he comes to life so one can see him as he was, while knowing that he has a mission which he is even now fulfilling from Heaven.
Not only is the book an awe-inspiring witness to faith but it reveals the insidiousness of the pharmaceutical industry. Mrs. Roeder found herself in a fierce battle with a drug company as she struggled to keep other families from being destroyed by the same medication, still on the market.Read more ›
The book describes the events surrounding the death of her beloved two-year-old son, Nathaniel, and the ensuing trial. It includes many relevant quotes from Scripture, saints and others. There are poignant photos of the author and her son at varying stages of his short life.
This week we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Dawn Marie Roeder has found strength from Our Lady's journey, so she uses one of the Seven Sorrows of Mary to introduce each chapter, then she tells part of her story, and finishes each chapter with a fond memory of her late son, Nathaniel. Although Catholic teaching is included, this book is for everyone who has lost a child and has struggled to come to terms with it.
This may be a challenging story to read, but a necessary one. It shows that there is always light amidst the darkness. I highly recommend this book to everyone!
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'It Doesn't End Here: An Amazing Journey of Faith and Forgiveness', by Dawn Marie Roeder is, indeed, an amazing story of the uniquely human experience of triumphing through suffering, intense emotional pain, and trauma, into new a life. In this book the author (Dawn) recounts the story of being in a place where few and too many parents have been, and where none want to venture. Some sections of book were so shocking and intense that I found myself not even being able to blink while I was reading, and realized only afterwards that I hadn't breathed either. Reading this book, I learned so much about ADHD and the sometimes tragic consequences of powerful stimulant medication.
A really awesome feature of the book is how it is broken down in Seven Sorrows, based upon the 12th Century Servite Devotion to the 'Seven Sorrows of Mary', which the author encapsulates into the nine chapters of the book. Reflecting upon these sorrows, Dawn actually enters into the life of the Virgin Mary and expresses how she might have felt during those key moments of her Son's life. I found it awesome that from the author's perspective Mary always had more questions than answers in response to how the world was spinning around her; perhaps that's because Dawn herself was struggling to make sense out of suffering.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This true story began about 15 years ago and shows the dark-side of a popular and widely-prescribed prescription medicine that caused psychotic episodes in a few people. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cindy Furubotten
Read it in two days. Overall a truly beautiful story of faith and perseverance under unimaginably difficult circumstances. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Web Designer
This book is a must read for everyone. The author allows the reader to feel every emotion with her as she takes us through her personal hell. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mario M.
I couldn't put this book down...Although the messages of the book - the suffering of love, forgiveness, hope - are timeless and universal, the telling is poignant and new. Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by Claire Dwyer
This is the story of one woman's great suffering and her ultimate victory. Tragedy, heartbreak, betrayal, fidelity and faith in God are all weaved together in this true to life... Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by Father Jay Finelli
Dawn Marie Roeder gives us a frank and eye-opening account in "It Doesn't End Here." What she's lived and learned is now passed on to others as both information and inspiration for... Read morePublished on November 14, 2011 by M. A. Fenelon
Dawn Marie Roeder's "It Doesn't End Here" is a tremendously moving personal story about grace, redemption, and justice. Read morePublished on August 21, 2011 by Mickey Addison, Leader | Author | Speaker
What can you say when you read about a mother whose faith and courage so far surpasses your own that there is nothing you can do but stand in awe. Read morePublished on August 16, 2011 by EAS
"It Doesn't End Here", is a beautiful testimony of the love of God and that of a mother for her child. Read morePublished on August 2, 2011 by Miriam Helen Westen