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Dawn Marie shows us that prayer is both a gift of grace and a response that takes effort on our part.  In order for us to walk humbly before our God in the obedience of faith, we must appreciate the fact that we cannot do this all on our own.  We need God’s help every step of the way, especially during those times in our lives when we feel that God is not hearing or answering our prayers. The life lessons learned from this book are invaluable!
- 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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Dawn Marie Roeder is a member of The Catholic Writer's Guild and author of the book  It Doesn't End Here: An Amazing Journey of Faith and Forgiveness, an incredible true story of faith and persevering love during a time of unimaginable tragedy. Her story has aired on CBS's 48 Hours, local and national news outlets, including the front cover story of The East Valley Tribune and Jane Magazine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Lanciano Media LLC (June 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984244417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984244416
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,489,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Blessed is she who without dying has won the martyr's crown." -- from Vespers of Our Lady of Sorrows

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.
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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. Reluctant at first to tell her story and challenge the drug company in court, the author gains courage through her faith.

You'll have a front row seat to the endless court dates and depositions as you watch the story unfold through the eyes of the author.

Part "faith journey," part Erin Brockovich, this story is an eye-opener to make sure every prescription is researched well before taking it.
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Read it in two days. Overall a truly beautiful story of faith and perseverance under unimaginably difficult circumstances. I thought the first half of the book was a little disjointed and hard to follow (why I give it four stars instead of five), but it was worth sticking with it to the end. The spiritual consolations, the family support and her many sincere and supportive friendships are what shined through this book to me. I found it hopeful and inspiring.
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Parenthood makes us vulnerable because when our child is born, we know that we will never be the same and we will do anything to keep him safe. When something happens to him, no matter what the circumstances, it is our worst nightmare. "It Doesn't End Here" is such an account. It is the story of the author's tragic loss of a precious child and the courageous decision to sue those responsible for her son's death. Beautifully written, it is a heart-wrenching story of trust, hope and forgiveness. It is also the story of profound spiritual growth.

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!

Ellen Gable Hrkach
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"The summer before Nathaniel died, I remember seeing a picture of a beautiful, bushy-brown-haired little boy in the newspaper. The headline above his picture stated, "Another Pool Drowning." In a fleeting moment, I immediately brushed away the horror, wondering if that ever happened to Nathaniel, could I survive? Now this battle lay before me" (Pg. 34).

'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.
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