The Day the Mountains Crashed into the Sea
"Ellen Janzen invites you into a world you will find all too familiar: a world where adults are caught up in their own grief, where leaders use spiritual platitudes to heal, where children turn away from pain, and where silence seems like the only way to survive! Unable to stop reading Ellen's story, she gives her readers the gift of tears and an ultimate sense of joy!"
Sometimes when a book shares the author’s journey, it becomes a pathway for our own understanding and reflection. Its wisdom invites us to live with more clarity. This book will bring you into a world of grief—the unspoken sorrow of a child. And the unique coping mechanisms Ellen employs to deal with loss.
In the season of Covid-19 and world wide pandemic, at a time when the unthinkable can quickly become a reality, this book releases new insights into how deeply a child feels loss. And will become a touchstone of compassion for the reader! A resource for teachers, parents, grandparents and trustworthy friends.
For those who grieve or walk alongside of grief, this book is a revelation.
"This poignant true story of a childhood shattered by loss is a great read for anyone who has also experienced a similar fate and also for those who work with families. The layers of pain are described tenderly as is the process of coming to terms with God's kindness and the process of healing. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I can attest to how much can get "lost" for a child trying to cope with such an overwhelming experience in which the grieving adults are unable to know how to help her. I couldn't put it down!"
Nancy Williams, Author, Counsellor and Professor
I’ve known Ellen for a LONG time, and find her teaching inspiring, her writing clear and heart-felt, and I’m looking forward to reading more! She brings solid life experience along with a deep God connection.
John H., Spiritual Companion and Life Coach
"Ellen extends a gracious invitation to enter into her story, one of loss, healing, and living again. It is a personal journey through which words are given to emotions that maybe could not have been expressed back when they were felt. As one who has not experienced a loss of a close family member, yet wanting to walk in empathy and comfort to others who have at a young age, this is a must-read."
"Janzen offers a beautiful story of healing as she interprets vivid memories of her childhood with rare emotional maturity. Her easy writing style, and insights which will resonate with people who have suffered loss, drew me in from the start; I ended up setting aside all all the books I was reading until I finished this one. I caught myself stepping right into her story and feeling what she felt. Instead of doling out "answers" to grieving people in the name of comfort, this story offers a different approach to caring for others (both children and adults) that is born out of a life of wrestling with the complexities of grief and the discovery of hope. The vulnerability she reflects in her own grief journey has awakened a new commitment to pursue the sake in my own life. Reading this book, I am better equipped to understand overseas family life, parenting, and dealing with grief in my own life. I am so grateful to Ellen Janzen for this book." Amazon Reader.