The Sarah Journals: Surviving Tragedy without God

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Synopsis: These are the diaries of an unbeliever. When 5-year-old Sarah Fabian died, her mother Ailsa had to learn to cope without the consolation that many survivors find, in the hope of meeting their beloved dead again. The Sarah Journals is based on 40 years of Ailsa's writings after Sarah's death, focusing on the challenge to beliefs and the attempt to see a devastating loss in the light of how the world is. It presents emotions with a raw directness often lost in retrospective accounts and contributes to the debate about how to live and face death without religious belief. Ailsa was inspired by Philip Toynbee's diaries Part of a Journey and The End of a Journey, C S Lewis' A Grief Observed and the views of W.H. Auden and Stuart Hampshire on the need to bear witness to experience. Praise for The Daniel Diary, an insight into the mind of a very young child confronting the tragedy of his sister dying: "I feel that no-one who begins this book will be able to put it down until the very last word, and at the end no-one who puts it down will ever forget it...It is a book for everyone." Alan Sillitoe, Author

About the Author: Ailsa Fabian began working life as a lecturer in History at Melbourne University, followed by sociological research. She became so entranced by the miracle of Sarah's unfolding engagement with the world that she temporarily retired; this book continues the story.

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