Knowing God through Jesus is the anchor of my life—it keeps me safe and holds me fast no matter what is swirling around me. I’ve sailed through some pretty rough seas in recent years, but God has been there with me in the thick of the storm and in the aftermath.
My first book, Letters to Emma (2016) grew out of this time and describes my struggles after the death of my beloved husband Paul in 2011. In a way this book is a testament not only to God’s loving care but also to his kindness in blessing me so deeply in my marriage to Paul.
Letters to Emma: a memoir of grief and God’s love
There is no guidebook for grief. But there are companions, including those who have already walked its path.
Lee Carter’s memoir of her own journey with grief after her husband’s sudden death describes with great candour her journey of shock, loss, fear and change. She provides a glimpse of what it’s like to find a way through the wild and unpredictable landscape of grief.
Although every person’s experience of loss and grief will be unique, Lee points us all to the God who never forsakes us—our heavenly Father who is able to comfort and sustain us even through the greatest of losses, and who offers the only true hope in the face of death.
“God has never left me to navigate my way alone.”
“I search for pastoral books (and have done for the last nine years) and find good ones perhaps every 6 to 12 months. This book is up there among the best. A few weeks ago, someone asked me to recommend a book on the experience of grief. CS Lewis’s A Grief Observed and Nicholas Wolterstorff’s Lament for a Son are perhaps the best and Lee’s book is in this category.”
Kate Bradford ministers as an Anglican within the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and teaches Chaplaincy at Anglicare.