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About Let's Pretend We're Normal

“Oh, my word, I’m living this.”
 
Dear friend,
 
If you and I are new to each other, let me start here: This is not how this was supposed to go! In the portrait I had long ago painted of my family, I didn’t intend to include words like “widowed single mom.” I had envisioned many more decades with my husband Robb in the complicated, beautiful life of marriage. But in the course of twelve hours, our family of four became a trio, and since that day my boys and I have been creating a new life in an upside-down world.
 
I have written this new book, which in a lot of ways is a sequel to And Life Comes Back, to answer the question so many have asked: “And then what happened—after the crisis became reality and your life began again?” I’ve leaned into honest storytelling to offer a look into the chaos and beauty of who we have become.
 
I’ll be honest, this book was harder to write because I’m living it right now—I hardly feel like an expert who has figured it out. I hope my straight-up-honest stories will give you encouragement to take the next step. And the next. And the next. 
 
Sometimes, you just have to pretend you know what you’re doing, pretend you’re brave enough, and pretend you can do this. Sometimes you just have to pretend you’re normal until the new normal finds you.
 
See you in the pages,
 
Tricia

About Tricia Lott Williford

Tricia Lott Williford was an elementary school teacher before becoming a freelance editor and a stay-at-home mom. Tricia writes regularly for a loyal blog audience and is a sought-after speaker. She and her two sons live in Colorado.

Product Details

224 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: May 5, 2015

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 24

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“Oh, my word, I’m living this.”

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Dear reader  friend,

If you and I are new to each other, let me start here: This is not how this was supposed to go! In the portrait I had long ago painted of my family, I didn’t intend to include words like “widowed single mom.” I had envisioned many more decades with my husband Robb in the complicated, beautiful life of marriage. But in the course of twelve hours, our family of four became a trio, and since that day my boys and I have been creating a new life in an upside-down world.

I have written this new book, which in a lot of ways is a sequel to And Life Comes Back, to answer the question so many have asked: “And then what happened—after the crisis became reality and your life began again?” I’ve leaned into honest storytelling to offer a look into the chaos and beauty of who we have become.

I’ll be honest, this book was harder to write because I’m living it right now—I hardly feel like an expert who has figured it out. I hope my straight-up-honest stories will give you encouragement to take the next step. And the next. And the next.

Sometimes, you just have to pretend you know what you’re doing, pretend you’re brave enough, and pretend you can do this. Sometimes you just have to pretend you’re normal until the new normal finds you.

See you in the pages,

Tricia

By Myriam Johnson

IT'S earth shattering and downright scary to suddenly be found a widow at any age.  This very young mother of thirty one had to face that reality along with two preschoolers.   And you can't help but shake your head in disbelief and ask 'why oh why'. Meet Tricia Lott Williford!THROUGH her book: Let's Pretend We're Normal: Adventures in Rediscovering How to Be a Family is a redemptive story of pure grace.  A very young widow of two boys and...

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By Toiia Rukuni

Tricia writes with honesty, humor, and compassion about her journey with her two boys after the loss of her husband. I truly enjoyed this book, at some instances I wanted to laugh and cry at the same time, because I could relate so much to her story. I lost both of my parents last year, and it is a challenge everyday not to have my mother and father in my life. I miss having my cheerleaders, advisors, and caring people in my life. I could not...

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By Schuyler Peterson

"I once complained I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet." Tricia Lott Williford's story certainly helps to put my woes in perspective. A thirty-one widow with two preschoolers, she bravely tackles life's everyday battles with God as her only Teammate. Near the beginning of this book, she states her modest goal for it: to tell some stories from her jouney as a mom.  This is not a parenting book; it is a collection of survival...

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By James Scott Jr

You know that really good book that tells such a compelling, true story that you want the author to write a follow-up book so you can know the rest of the story?â??"Letâ??s Pretend Weâ??re Normalâ? (published by WaterBrook Press) is the follow-up to that kind of book.Last year I reviewed, â??"And Life Comes Backâ? by Tricia Lott Williford (you can find the blog post of that review here), a powerful story of a Christian husband and wife in...

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By Marie Stiennon

"Let's Pretend We're Normal" by Tricia Lott Williford is a powerful memoir on her life after the unexpected death of her husband.  I was very impressed by how honest the author was with her feelings and what happened in her life after her husband's death.  This book is very helpful to see how a young widow with two children feels and the issues that can come up from being a young widow. This would be a very comforting book for any young widow...

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