- Hardcover: 132 pages
- Publisher: Ccc of Amer; Forward by Mother Theresa Introduction by Laura Schlessinger edition (April 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568145284
- ISBN-13: 978-1568145280
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Letters to Gabriel: The True Story of Gabriel Michael Santorum Hardcover – April, 1998
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Anyone who is a parent, godparent, uncle, aunt, or loves a child will be greatly moved by this simultaneously despairing and joyous story. Your heart will break for Karen Santorum and her family, but you'll also feel a strong admiration for her. The Santorums will never fully recover from Gabrial's death but they are obviously better parents-in fact better people-for having known him.
Letters to Gabriel is the legacy of a baby whose abbreviated life impacted more people than many of us will touch in fifty years. Like most roller-coaster rides, it is rather short-less than 175 pages, but your emotions careen through the pages for a very memorable journey.
In addition to Karen's moving letters, the book benefits from Dr. Laura Schlessinger's sapient introduction and a very poignant introduction by Mother Teresa written three months before her death.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough to other grieving mothers out there. Karen's honesty about her struggles allowed me to see my pain in someone else's tragedy, and somehow, that helped so much--to know I was not alone in my anguish, that I was not crazy, and that, perhaps, someday, there is hope.
I simply do not understand the horrible, negative diatribes among the reviews posted here. I cannot believe people would let their politics lead them to berate and mock a family that endured such a loss. Such people are the very people who make me afraid to leave my house, afraid to pick up the phone, because there are those kind of people out there who will not understand how much it hurts to lose a baby at any stage of a pregnancy.
Please, if you have lost a child, read this book and allow Karen's courage and wisdom to help you endure your sorrow. Do not listen to heartless, callous, cruel bystanders--after all, does it make sense to listen to someone who has suffered the loss of a child or someone who doesn't think unborn or newly born babies count for very much?
I am certain that in the weeks ahead, as I try to accept the fact that I will never see my Michael Jude grow up, I will return to her book again and again. Blessings, Karen and family.
And I hope God blesses the Santorums
As the proud and loving Mummy in my 7th month of pregnancy to my beautiful baby girl, Bethany Anne, who was diagnosed with Anencephaly in my 12th week of pregnancy through transvaginal ultrasound.. I relate so much with everything Mrs. Garver-Santorum expresses in her lovely letters to her precious little boy.
Thank you Karen for writing such a beautiful masterpiece. Mums everywhere will not feel alone after reading your great words of comfort and love.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Letters to Gabriel enter our lives at the right time. We had a loss in our family too- We can't thank the Santorum's enough for sharing this very personal- private time in your... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Janet Waite
I've never lost a baby, but I cried along with Karen and Rick.. Sad time for them, But God was there all along.Published 17 months ago by k'socks
Very touching letters from the wife of Rick Santorum. Came in great condition and on time. Reveals a lot about the author and her husband and their deeply held faith!Published on January 20, 2013 by Susan S. Brister
I am sick, disgusted and enraged over the one star reviews. They gave this one star only because their blackened evil hearts didn't like the subject matter. Read morePublished on March 5, 2012 by JACK LOBO
Clearly this was a termination. Most of us would be honest and call it an abortion. For those who claim that since the baby was born alive it was not an abortion, not true. Read morePublished on February 23, 2012 by Jane thayer
I thought I might be interested in purchasing this book because, for the most part, I like Rick Santorum and what he stands for but NO book is worth over $2,000. Read morePublished on January 26, 2012 by Karla Varga
They had many living children, children who needed them. Instead they allowed her life to be risked bringing to term a non-viable child. Read morePublished on November 15, 2006 by The Iron Fisted Homemaker