“Hampton makes a convincing argument that grief and disappointment can be transformed into compassion and joy.”—People Magazine
It is almost Easter, a time when Christians remember to hope because, well, grief was transformed into joy. Cool when People says it, less cool when I cite chapter and verse. But I’m happy to have anyone put the concept forward. What they are referring to is this book, Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected.
Bloom is the New York Times bestselling memoir where author Kelle Hampton interweaves lyrical prose and stunning four-color photography as she recounts the unforgettable story of the first year in the life of her daughter Nella, who has Down syndrome. Bloom is ultimately about embracing life and really living it.
Does it ever look like a good book! But before you order it, stop by the author’s blog. I was captivated by the beautiful photos of her family, welcoming spring. With a nice camera, I could almost take as nice photos of Ottawa, Canada now. The permafrost is melting. The sun is out. Living in a really cold town brings it’s own springtime joys. I actually stopped and enjoyed the fact that I could see the gravel on the driveway this past week and amazingly, that simple fact hasn’t yet lost its shine.