Hello Book Friends! I’m thrilled to be joining TLC Book Tours for the blog tour of The Opposite of Uncertainty by Janine Urbaniak Reid. Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy.
Published: May 12, 2020
Source: TLC Book Tours
One of the reasons I enjoy memoirs is because I want to understand what keeps a person going, how they are able to continue living AND inspire others.
“Brain tumors are like snakes. Not all of them are deadly.”
Janine’s story was full of humor, hope and faith. Her son Mason was misdiagnosed for TWO years! As Janine watches her son and family struggle no matter what she does to keep things together – her own mental and physical health suffers. She doesn’t sugarcoat or hide her feelings and acknowledges that in the search for answers, sometimes more questions arise. Despite the uncertainty about her son’s future, she comes to realize that faith, love, and a solid support system are some of the only things you CAN be sure of.
“It’s not a polished Michelangelo faith. It’s more of a Jackson Pollock kind of thing —and unformed, unshared belief that there is Something at work here beyond our human intelligence.“
Have you ever had to navigate the health care system and advocate for someone? ⤵️⤵️
What happens when we can no longer pretend that the ground underfoot is bedrock and the sky above predictable?
All Janine Urbaniak Reid ever wanted was for everyone she loved to be okay so she might relax and maybe be happy. Her life strategy was simple: do everything right. This included trying to be the perfect mother to her three kids so they would never experience the kind of pain she pretended not to feel growing up. What she didn’t expect was the chaos of an out-of-control life that begins when her young son’s hand begins to shake.
The Opposite of Certainty is the story of Janine’s reluctant journey beyond easy answers and platitudes. She searches for a source of strength bigger than her circumstances, only to have her circumstances become even thornier with her own crisis. Drawn deeply and against her will into herself, and into the eternal questions we all ask, she discovers hidden reserves of strength, humor, and a no-matter-what faith that looks nothing like she thought it would.
Beautifully written and deeply hopeful, Janine shows us how we can come through impossible times transformed and yet more ourselves than we’ve ever allowed ourselves to be.
About The Author
Janine Urbaniak Reid was born in Chicago and grew up in California. She graduated from the University of California at San Diego. She was vice president of a San Francisco public relations firm before she began raising a family, and then writing full time.
She has been published in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and widely syndicated. Hoping to bring humanity into the healthcare discussion by sharing her experience as a mother of son with a brain tumor, she penned a piece for the Post which went viral. She has been interviewed on national news networks, and continues her work as a spokeswoman for healthcare justice.
Janine writes about her imperfect life, what connects us, and addresses the question of what it means to love fiercely in a sometimes dangerous and always uncertain world.
She lives in Northern California with her family and a motley assortment of pets. She attends St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Marin City: all are welcome.
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