In Hannah's Gift: Lessons from a Life Fully Lived, Maria Housden delivers a lyrical, heartbreaking and heartwarming account of her three-year-old daughter's illness and death. Will was very protective of Hannah and was very insightful. Oblivious to everything but the shoes on her feet, she skipped and clicked across the floor, twirling in circles, faster and faster. I enjoy the author's writing style. Archived from on October 5, 2006.
Within these pages Maria Housden shares the transformative lessons in living she received from her three-year-old daughter Hannah, who brought courage, honesty, and joy to her struggle with cancer. One reviewer noted that, as a , her feelings towards were bolstered. I am going to try and get some posts written early this week because we are heading home for a long weekend this weekend and I couldn't be more excited!!!! We did the best we could with what we knew. Hannah s Gift nourishes the soul with an ageless wisdom all the more invaluable for having come from someone so young. While some reviewers focus on the book's message of living life to its fullest and as a resource for bereaved parents, others laud it for showcasing Hannah's ability to understand what was happening to her and accept it.
Every once in a while a book comes along that can change your life—a book so special, it is destined not just to be read but to be cherished, to be passed from one reader to another as a precious gift. Housden, too, offers readers a gift, particularly those seeking to help a loved one through the process of dying and themselves through the grieving process. Oblivious to everything but the shoes on her feet, she skipped and clicked across the floor, twirling in circles, faster and faster. Now, in a book that preserves Hannah s indomitable spirit, Maria Housden offers the gift of her daughter s last year to all of us. A remarkable story, remarkably told, it will bring comfort to anyone touched by loss, and renewed faith in the power of love. It went on a little bit longer about the author and her life after. When their church has a special service to honor and pray for Hannah, she's delighted.
She knows what she wants and nothing is gonna stop her from getting it. Closing her eyes and extending her arms, Hannah began to dance. The author, Maria Housden, is Hannah's mother, and the book documents her struggle to come to terms with her daughter's sickness and inevitable death while making changes in her own life. In a lyrically told narrative, both moving and unforgettable, Housden recounts Hannah s battle with cancer in simple, straightforward language that transcends grief and fear to become a celebration. Closing her eyes and extending her arms, Hannah began to dance.
Maria Housden gives us renewed faith in the transformative power of love. During the last year of her short life, Hannah was fearless in the way she faced death-and irrepressibly joyful in the way she approached living. We also read how her mother dealt with Hannah's death after she was gone. Note Left Behind was a more emotional read for me, probably because it was based on a blog so the emotion may have been a bit more raw. .
Hannah's death was a tragedy, an unspeakable loss that sadly too many parents face. Although the book is narrated by the mother and therefore her perspective of their lives at this time Hannah was the most amazing presence, for such a young child she handled every obstacle thrown her with will elegance, class and maybe a little bit of sass. Yes Read this author again? From Hannah's story emerge five profound lessons-of truth, joy, faith, compassion, and wonder-that have the power to change our lives. The thought-provoking words that 3 yr. Good Morning, I started writing a book review for a book that I recently read and I got about half way through if not more and decided the let it be for awhile because I think the book itself could be a little controversial as well as my thoughts on the book so I decided to hold off for awhile. Filled with wisdom and grace, tears and laughter, Hannah s Gift is one such book. Oblivious to everything but the shoes on her feet, she skipped and clicked across the floor, twirling in circles, faster and faster.
Within these pages Maria Housden shares the transformative lessons in living she received from her three-year-old daughter Hannah, who brought courage, honesty, and joy to her struggle with cancer. Read it and weep for the sheer joy of being alive. You have no idea what you would do when faced with a situation like this and I pray none of you are. Closing her eyes and extending her arms, Hannah began to dance. Note Left Behind included pictures of Elena and I definitely still remember them. This child was wise beyond her years and left an unimaginable impression on all of those who were lucky enough to meet her in her short time here on earth. During the last year of her short life, Hannah was fearless in the way she faced death—and irrepressibly joyful in the way she approached living.
Oblivious to everything but the shoes on her feet, she skipped and clicked across the floor, twirling in circles, faster and faster. Every year on Hannah's birthday, they celebrate it with a cake and balloons. Even more memorable is the message Hannah delivered after her death to those she loved—a message of hope for anyone faced with the deepest questions of life and death. My suffering wasn't something I was going to have to let go of; it became part of what I had to offer, part of who I am. Closing her eyes and extending her arms, Hannah began to dance. But I understood the family may want some privacy, but I think it may have been more powerful to put a face to the story. As parents I'm sure it was their first instinct to protect Hannah and their son Will from the harsh realities of their life but in the end they decided on honesty, they decided Hannah deserved to live her time here on earth knowing it would soon end and that Will deserved to make the most of every moment he had with Hannah, just as they were.
But it's the kind of heart-cracking-open cry that comes from an abundance of feelings: sorrow for this wise and gut-honest narrator; tenderness for Will, the loyal older brother that Hannah left behind; and love for this baffling, wonderful life that gives us gifts like Hannah. Within these pages Maria Housden shares the transformative lessons in living she received from her three-year-old daughter Hannah, who brought courage, honesty, and joy to her struggle with cancer. I have to say I admire the honesty of this family, they never lied to their son about his sisters condition nor did they lie to Hannah who was only 3 about her condition being fatal and the things she was about to face. This is more like a collection of Hannah's stories tidbits of her life rather than one continuous story. The true measure of a life is not its length but the fullness with which it is lived From the Hardcover edition.
Hannah's gift to her family, acquaintances, medical personnel was the gift of complete guilessness. The little girl who wore her favorite red Mary Janes into the operating room changed the life of everyone who came in contact with her. Hannah knows that she is dying but that doesn't stop her from living life to the fullest. This is a great read that will make you laugh and cry at the same time. None the less I actually think it is a book worth reading and I am about to tell you why. I will tell you right off the bat if you read this book you will sob hysterically, I speak from experience.