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A Bird Died

post written by Emma Filbrun

A Bird Died by Chautona HavigTitle: A Bird Died
Author: Chautona Havig
Major Themes: Accidents, Burns
Synopsis: When a raven shorted out a power line and a toddler stepped on it, his family’s life was changed in an instant.

I’ve been wanting to read A Bird Died for awhile, and a few weeks ago I finally found time. This was one of those books that I knew I needed to wait for until I had time to be engrossed in a book for awhile. No, it’s not a gripping mystery or exciting romance. However, as a mother, I found it very absorbing.

A Bird Died tells a true story, fictionalized to make it flow and protect privacy. This is the story of the author’s grandson when he should have died. It is the story of a family trusting God to heal their little boy and pay their bills. It is the story of a community rallying around a family to help in every way they could. It is a beautiful story, with some very painful spots, as you can imagine if you know anything about burn treatment.

The story began one evening in June when a raven flew into a power line and was electrocuted, blowing the transformer and causing a power line to fall to the ground. When 3-year-old Nathan Cox tripped over it, he instantly received some horrific burns.

I really appreciated the attitude portrayed by the Cox family. Their trust in God and their forgiveness and love as they went through a very difficult time were very inspiring. I clearly saw a Christ-like attitude in the pages of this book, and would highly recommend A Bird Died to anyone looking for a good story.

No warnings!

Age Levels:

Reading Independently—Ages 12 – 15, 15 and Above, Adults


Links to buy A Bird Died:

Amazon: Paperback | Kindle

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