Your son is missing.
As a mother myself, this is, irrefutably, my worst nightmare, but for Heather Shtuka, this was the sobering reality. On February 18, 2018, after being alerted by her son’s roommate that he hadn’t been seen since the night before, she and her husband made the nine-hour trip from Alberta to Sun Peaks, BC, to begin the arduous and heartbreaking task of searching for Ryan. Days turned into weeks, turned into months, but the parents’ resolve never wavered. Their supportive community of friends and volunteers tirelessly dedicated their time. But still, there was no solace—no Ryan. Heather would not grieve until her son’s body was recovered.
“Missing From Me” is a labor of love written by Heather Shtuka that chronicles the search and rescue efforts in the early days of Ryan’s disappearance, followed by the all-consuming grief that came afterward. Heather’s story is a sad one, but there are nuggets of joy throughout—a community banning together, unwavering support, and the legacy that a charismatic young man leaves behind. This is a book that you need to read. … More “Missing From Me” by Heather Shtuka
“How I Lost My Hair Raising Teenage Girls: And The Lessons I Learned” by Andrew McKinney is a hilarious and refreshing memoir. Insightful and open-minded, this heartfelt read looks at parenting from the perspective of a family man who has been in the conduits of childrearing. The memoir recounts the interesting journey of the author in raising his three teenage girls, Jacquelyn, Meaghan, and Gloria. … More “How I Lost My Hair Raising Teenage Girls” by Andrew McKinney
“My Alternate Universe: Anxiety, Autism, and Adventure in a Parallel Reality” by Jennifer Rosado is a beautifully crafted and engaging memoir that I flew through in a couple of hours without pause.
The overall message the author emphasizes is that she is no “better, stronger, or faster” than any other parent trying to do the best for their child. By virtue of that, like any parent, she has had to shed parts of herself to adapt to her son’s needs — something that not just “special needs” parents but all parents face. But amidst that sentiment of sacrifice is one of immeasurable courage and love. Engaging from beginning to end, I highly recommend this book to everyone, but particularly for parents of children with special needs. It is beautiful and inspiring, providing insight and hope that may capture someone at an overwhelming moment of despair and uplift their spirits. … More “My Alternate Universe: Anxiety, Autism, and Adventure in a Parallel Reality” by Jennifer Rosado
What a timely read as I currently find myself on maternity leave with my second child. As a parent, there is an often-overwhelming number of books, advice, and techniques for raising babies. Author Anya Dunham recognizes the at times contradicting approaches to raising babies, as well as the fads and trends that often come with it and uses her scientific background to approach her book “Baby Ecology.” … More “Baby Ecology” by Anya Dunham
Kitty Arceneaux is a Christian writer who produced “Ruth Ready: While you’re waiting on your Boaz, you better be…” with the intention of building marriages with a godly foundation. In her book, she uses the biblical character of Ruth and her relationship to Boaz as an example to follow. … More “Ruth Ready” by Kitty Arceneaux
“Life After Deaf: A Voyage of Awakening” is an inspirational story of dedication and perseverance and strength. … More “Life after Deaf” by Jill Green
“You’re Not Crazy” was written with purpose for an audience of judges, family attorneys, psychologists and psychotherapists, friends, family, guardians, and governmental departments not otherwise familiar with the term or dynamics at play in parental alienation cases. The goal is always for alienated parents and children to be reunited, but as author Lynn Steinberg shows, this isn’t typically an easy feat. … More “You’re Not Crazy: Overcoming Parent/Child Alienation” by Lynn Steinberg
A five star psychology book that is enlivened by the author’s empathetic and therapeutic language across the chapters. Its groundbreaking suggestions, tips, and ideas will help every parent out there to teach their children to have pride in their abilities and guide them most gently. … More “Challenges of Gifted Children” by Amelia Starlight
Have you ever misunderstood what others meant by what they say? Have you ever felt misunderstood by your partner, friend, coworker? Have the people in your life not understood why certain things are important to you? Have you questioned why others find certain things important to them? “Emotional Magnetism” might be just the tool you need to help you and the others in your life better understand each other. … More “Emotional Magnetism: How to Communicate to Ignite Connection in Your Relationships” by Sandy Gerber
Opening with the infamous poem (and one of my own personal favourites!) “The Tyger” by William Blake, the author uses Blake’s exaltation of creation as inspiration to frame her own analogy of a blacksmith’s workshop as the “creator” of the “mettle” of a family, which she defines as a proactive point of view and spirit of resilience that one can adopt to improve the chance of life success. … More “Roots and Wings” by Lili-Ann Kriegler