How do we make sense of what feels senseless?
Grief leaves us with empty arms and fistfuls of questions. If we don't get help processing our loss, we can easily get stuck there. But take heart—there is hope to be found for the way ahead.
When Mountains Crumble offers you an interactive, healing journey through the big questions and emotions of grief. This book serves as your companion and guide, providing practical wisdom and thought-provoking questions that will help you wrestle with the pain you're feeling.
Danita Jenae, a survivor of loss herself, helps lighten your load of sorrow with gripping honesty, reassuring gentleness, and a mild case of dark humor. She braves topics like doubting God's goodness and wondering why this happened. Danita will help you:
When Mountains Crumble isn't a formulaic how-to book because there's no right or wrong way to grieve. In fact, you'll find the freedom and permission to feel what you need to feel and ask what you need to ask. Through vivid word pictures, poetry, and illustrations, you'll begin to understand your grief in a fresh way. By sifting through the ashes alongside Danita, you'll uncover peace for now and hope for the future. And as you begin to embark on this difficult journey . . . you'll no longer feel so alone.
Praise for When Mountains Crumble
"For over fifty years of pastoral ministry, I have walked the road of grief with hundreds of individuals. I have read and shared many books on grief, but after reading When Mountains Crumble I wished it had been available during all those years. I would have given it to all those who experienced the death of a loved one. I highly recommend it."
—Gary Chapman Ph.D., author of The Five Love Languages
"We're from different generations; I'm older, Danita is younger. Our stories are different, yet the same. I lost my precious daughter to liver cancer while she lost her amazing husband in a climbing accident. Our pain hurts the same. In When Mountains Crumble, Danita is vulnerable and heart-wrenchingly honest, giving both practical help and spiritual wisdom gleaned during her walk through the Valley of Weeping. I highly recommend this book!"
—LINDA DILLOW, author of Calm My Anxious Heart and Satisfy My Thirsty Soul
"This book sparkles with authenticity that acknowledges the angst of unanswered questions. It's also refreshing, creative, unique, and riveting. If you've lost a loved one or if you've been looking for the ideal resource to put into the hands of someone who is grieving due to death, or an unexpected crisis that has dramatically changed life's trajectory, buy this book. The author offers no quick fixes; instead, she provides support for the next step in the journey. When Mountains Crumble is a timeless treasure you'll want on hand to give to anyone who is experiencing loss."
—CAROL KENT, speaker and author, When I Lay My Isaac Down and He Holds My Hand
"When your world is rocked by the death of a loved one, the tumble of emotions and weight of decisions in the aftermath are overwhelming. In When Mountains Crumble, you will find a pathway through the labyrinth of grief so you can wrangle your emotions, find comfort in your sorrow, and find hope for your future."
—ROBYN DYKSTRA, national Christian speaker; author of The Widow Wore Pink; two-time widow
"When Mountains Crumble offers no sugar-coated shortcuts through the rocky terrain of sorrow. Drawing deeply from her own experience of loss and her daily reliance on the Holy Spirit, Danita Jenae provides a Scripture-sketched map for the twisting, turning journey of grieving and healing. Be prepared to weep, to laugh, and to roll up your sleeves for the hard, grace-filled work of grief. Because, as Danita reminds us, 'No one fights alone.'"
—JACK NEWMAN, American Bible Society
"Dear one, are you going through grief? Has something tragic transpired to one you love and adore? Get this book. Now. Don't wait. Danita has woven a beautiful tapestry of comfort, gentle direction, and knowledgeable advice that will be your faithful companion on this journey of mourning."
—SARAH PHILPOTT, author of Loved Baby: 31 Devotions Helping You Grieve and Cherish Your Child after Pregnancy Loss
"Much like the beloved allegory Hinds' Feet on High Places, Danita has invited the reader into a transforming journey by the goodness and mercy of God. I was moved to tears more than once, not just because of her immeasurable heartache—rather, due to the powerful, poignant way she artistically wove God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit into everyday struggles. This book is a priceless friend in print, drawing the reader into their own story."
—MARY JO PIERCE, intercessor, speaker, and author of Adventures in Prayer and Follow Me: An Unending Conversation with God
"When Mountains Crumble is thought-provoking, honest, challenging, and outright good reading. As a widow, I readily identify with the fog, the shock, the sorrow, and even the dumb decisions she experienced. It helps a widow navigate through her grief by answering the personal questions posed and lets others better understand and pray for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one."
—QUIN SHERRER, author of Hope for a Widow's Heart
"Danita powerfully weaves grief and hope, sorrow and beauty, with a grace that invites us in and creates a space to be real with where we are in our loss. By not pretending, not burdening with pious formulas or 'shoulds,' this guide gives breath when it feels like we cannot breathe."
—BISHOP KEN ROSS, Anglican Diocese of the Rocky Mountains
"I wholeheartedly recommend When Mountains Crumble to all my GriefShare participants! Danita is truly a gifted writer. I love how honest and vulnerable she is with her own grieving, as well as the questions for self-reflection at the end of each chapter. I wish I could have had this resource when my husband died of a brain tumor."
—DEBBIE BEATTY, hospice nurse, GriefShare coordinator, military widow
"As a trauma-trained counselor, I have seen many walk the journey of grief, loss, and trauma. Danita has written a powerful, beautiful book, the perfect wise and gentle companion for anyone walking through grief. Offering a practical vulnerable peeking into her own grief story laced with Scripture and hope and a safe space to feel all the feelings—this is a treasure for those walking in deep darkness. This book is a seasoned guide, a refuge, and a journey toward step-by-step healing. I will be giving this book out to any client/friend going through grief."
—JENNIFER HAND, Executive Director of Coming Alive Ministries; author of My Yes Is on the Table: Moving from Fear to Faith
"Danita Jenae has written one of the most profound books I've ever read on grief! Authentic, passionate, and provocative, Danita gently leads the reader toward hope. I highly recommend!"
—BECKY HARLING, conference speaker and bestselling author of How to Listen So People Will Talk and Psalms for the Anxious Heart
"After losing our son, a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force, the grief was overwhelming. Danita has captured the journey through grief eloquently, lovingly, and truthfully. We highly recommend this book to anyone who has lost a loved one, or anyone who wants to understand how to love and encourage those who have."
—PAUL AND ANITA, proud Gold Star parents
"When Mountains Crumble tenderly places a powerful tool of hope into the hands of one lost in grief. Beautifully written with honesty and compassion, Danita shines a light on one of the darkest paths of human experience, giving voice to our fears as she shares her own story with courageous authenticity. This book is the perfect gift for someone grieving."
—ERICA WIGGENHORN, author of Letting God Be Enough: Why Striving Keeps You Stuck and How Surrender Sets You Free
"We all need a friend to talk to when life is hard. In When Mountains Crumble, Danita warmly invites readers into conversation, reflecting on grief together and making space for God's rebuilding work to begin."
—CLARISSA MOLL, author and cohost of Christianity Today's Surprised by Grief podcast
"How I wish I had these words to hold in my hands and heart after the loss of our two sweet babies. This grace-filled devotional reminds us we are not alone; we have a Savior who will carry us through the deep waters, leading us straight into His love."
—CARLIE KERCHEVAL, author and cofounder of Marriage Legacy University
"As a recent widow and still very fresh in my grief, this beautiful balm of a book is so soothing to my sad and hurting heart. Danita's writing is filled with a raw honesty—the kind that makes you nod your head without realizing it—and she blends in wisdom with a touch of humor that is so badly needed when in the midst of grief."
—TRICIA MARCHAND, young widow and mom of two
"I lost my first husband at twenty-three and my second at thirty-one years young. If only there had been this kind of hope written down for me! Danita's book is certainly helping demolish the mountain of aloneness in pain and grief for the widow. These devotionals will paint the words He wishes any young widow to know: I AM HERE."
—RACHEL FAULKNER BROWN, director of Be Still Ministries and Never Alone Widows
"Danita Jenae invites the grieving reader in, to wrestle, wade, and walk through their own loss of a loved one. Be comforted as you read truth from the Bible, journal, and experience healing to discover His strength to face your day!"
—DARLENE LARSON, author, Life Purpose Coach®, Grief-Loss Coach, Recovery Coach, founder of Hearts with a Purpose