When Bluebirds Fly: Losing a Child, Living with Hope

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*** 2103 Midwest Book Awards finalist *** USA Best Book Awards finalist *** 2014 International Book Awards finalist *** 2014 National Indie Excellence Book Awards (finalist in 3 categories) *** 2014 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award (results pending)*** ----- The Devenys seemed like a perfect family. Dick and JoAnn were gainfully employed and lived on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota, with their two healthy boys. But on July 13th, 1991, they found out that tragedies don't only happen to other people. When Billy, a mischievous eighteen-month-old, slid open the door and ran out of the house, the family's destiny was changed forever. *When Bluebirds Fly: Losing a Child, Living With Hope* begins with a riveting account of the Devenys' journey to their son's deathbed, including actual testimonials from the first responders involved in Billy's rescue attempt. The story unfolds as an in-depth and informative account from both mother's and father's perspectives, and also shares the adversities that often come with a tragedy: alcoholism, gambling addictions, panic attacks, bankruptcy, Tourettes, and the loss and rediscovery of faith. Be inspired. Parents JoAnn and Dick (a skeptic by nature) recount the after-death communications and spiritual visitations from their son, which could not be explained away as coincidence. A must-read for anyone going through a loss, or who would merely enjoy a true story of love, loss, faith, and revelation.

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About the Author:

An iron ore miner's daughter, JoAnn Kuzma Deveny was born and raised on the Iron Range in northern Minnesota. She obtained a liberal arts degree at the University of Minnesota.

JoAnn put her psychology degree to use as a flight attendant for the past 34 years. Drawing on this background, she detailed her frustrations in 99 Ways to Make a Flight Attendant Fly Off the Handle! JoAnn has appeared on Fox National News, WCCO Morning Show, Tom Bernard's KQRS morning talk show, Lori & Julia commenting on her humorous air travel book. She has been featured in ariticles in US News & World Report, Parenting Magazine, and other publications.

JoAnn's inspirational memoir When Bluebirds Fly: Losing a Child, Living with Hope was released in 2013 and has been noted as a good resource for bereavement counselors and bereaved families on the American Institute of Health Care Professionals website. aihcp.org/blog/grief-counseling-book-review-on-child-loss/

JoAnn continues her flying career and still resides in her lake home in Mound, Minnesota. She is also a paid accompanist for local churches.

Please visit: whenbluebirdsfly.com

Review:

Grief Counseling involves dealing with some of the most painful moments in life. The most painful moment is a loss of a parent's child. Deveny, in her book When Bluebirds Fly, examines the post loss period. Taking from her own painful loss, she creates a story of how loss can cripple a family and drive them down paths of guilt, drugs, and possible divorce.
American Institute of Health Care Professionals' website

Audiences, in general, will find a gripping story as the family struggles with the aftermath of the death, which included marital problems, alcohol and gambling abuse, and bankruptcy.
Ed Huyck-Lakeshore Weekly News

I had a hard time putting When Bluebirds Fly down. JoAnn's ability to draw the reader into her personal thoughts, feelings, and grief is remarkable. As I read each page, I found myself recalling so many of the raw emotions, thoughts, and conversations of my own grief. This book has touched me deeply. The book has certainly given me greater understanding and empathy for anyone who deeply grieves the loss of a loved one, no matter the age.  I hope to see When Bluebirds Fly on the best seller list soon!
Mary Walther; Executive Assistant, Schumacher Group

Best book I ever read!...I read the book in one day and could not put it down until I was finished. I feel family members and friends will have such a better understanding of what parents are going through when they lose a child. The pain and honesty is going to help so many people. Thank you, JoAnn. Lisa Fabel, mother and avid reader

When Bluebirds Fly is very well written, and I believe it can help so many people who have gone through similar situations. I loved how JoAnn brings in other points of view--the fisherman, the babysitter, the doctor, etc. It covers so many different perspectives and feelings.
Abbey Algiers, Author of The Great Search

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