Thursday, November 07, 2013

Inspiring Stories of Love and Healing From CaringBridge
By Sona Mehring

OVERVIEW: In May 1997, Sona Mehring created the first CaringBridge website when a close friend endured a life-threatening pregnancy and the devastating loss of her newborn daughter, Brighid. Over 500,000 people a day now use CaringBridge, with 47 million unique visitors over the past year. Through CaringBridge, Sona has witnessed thousands of stories of hope, loss, connection, and love among people struggling with stroke, cancer, organ transplantation, traumatic brain injury, and other life-changing conditions. Hope Conquers All shares some of the most impactful and inspiring stories, in the voices of those who have endured. (From the dust jacket)

AUTHOR: Sona Mehring is founder and CEO of the major non-profit organization CaringBridge. org. In 2011, she was a finalist for Fortune's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, was named one of Fast Company's Most Influential Women in Technology, and was highlighted by MSN.com as one of the nation's leading Women Working for Change. She lives in Eagan, Minnesota, and is the mother of three sons.

MY REVIEW: This is a book for anyone who is suffering. It's about bringing family, friends, and loved ones together when it matters. This is a book full of stories of love and healing.

The best thing about this book is that it puts you in contact with the website―CaringBridge. This website has become the vehicle for the emotional sustenance that so many desperately need. NBC News ran a story on NBC Nightly News about the site. Jonathan Alter has become almost evangelical about spreading word of CaringBridge. Unlike Facebook, CaringBridge isn't just about staying in touch; it's about staying in touch for a specific humane purpose.

There are over twenty stories in this splendid book and they all will inspire you. The families share their journeys of hope that occurred with support and love through CaringBridge, creating new and forever changed lives. Hope Conquers All is a testament to the strength of community, and a reminder that we can be a powerful presence for each other.

(I received this book from Hachette Book Group in exchange for a fair and honest review.)