Letters from a Distant Shore

Saturday, February 26, 2011


As a mother, I was immediately drawn into the pain and fight as tragedy struck the family of Marie Lawson Fiala.  Marie and the life of her family is immediately and forever changed in a matter of minutes... "This memoir of a mother's ferocious care, devastating loss and prayerful transcendence focuses on bringing her son back from the edge.  The suspense is relentless and the author's observations as sharp as a scalpel." 

Letters from a Distant Shore is a book about Grace:  The Grace of love, the Grace of children and the Grace of life itself.  Marie Fiala's beautifully crafted words shine in the darkness like a nightlight, reminding us that even at times of the greatest vulnerability and despair, we are not alone.  Bring tissues.  You'll need them.  ~ Dr. Naomi Rachel Remen 

About Letters From A Distant Shore
Tragedy shattered Marie Lawson Fiala’s life as a wife, mother, and lawyer when her 13-year-old son, Jeremy, was felled by a massive hemorrhage from a ruptured artery deep in his brain. Within an hour, Jeremy was in a coma, sustained only by machines. This memoir of a mother’s ferocious care and fierce determination to bring her child home alive and functioning despite devastating loss will win the hearts of families who have ever suffered from physical trauma with loved ones. Just when Marie believed all hope was lost for her son to talk and to walk ever again, her family organized three world-wide prayer vigils for Jeremy, using the internet support network that had been following Marie’s email updates on Jeremy’s condition posted from his hospital bedside. After each prayer vigil, Jeremy showed dramatic healing, far surpassing his doctors’ predictions. Was this a coincidence or a miracle? Readers will find their own faith in things unseen as Marie tells her tale of Jeremy’s recovery and homecoming. Letters from a Distant Shore is both a profoundly spiritual work and a gripping read.
Meet Marie


I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to read Marie's story.  I hope you curl up with a box of tissues and a soft heart to travel through her journey...