Some of the best stories to read are those that were not pleasant to experience.
Losing AJ is a book that reveals the story of an honest journey. And, while revealing, the pages invite us to notice our own stories, our own tension, our own pain.
To be able to present such a drama, Adam needed to face the realities of his own disappointments. He has. And he has faced them without escaping or denying; he has faced them while crying, while praying, while wanting, while grieving. He has faced them with God.
His story lets us gaze into his pain. While observing, we just might begin noticing our own. And we might begin noticing God in a new way.
As Adam writes, “This book will encourage you to search out help and realize that you are not admitting that you are weak in doing so. You are admitting that you are human. You are worth saving.”
I invite you to welcome this story. Visit the storm. Notice the wounds.
The valley of the shadow of death isn’t just a line from Psalm 23. It is life. It is story. But not the end of a story, just a portion in the journey toward healing.
And those stories are worth saving.
About the author
Adam Shinn and his wife, Susanna, have been married 14 years and have three children: Nevada, Dakota, and Montana. Less than two years after they were married, Adam and Susanna experienced the death of their first-born son, Steven Adam Shinn, Junior (AJ). Since the loss of AJ, Adam has worked with many students and adults who have experienced traumatic life events. His life’s mission is to help hurting people understand that their current suffering will not be the death of them.
Adam serves as the Student Pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Athens, Georgia and has served in this capacity since August of 2012. He graduated from Southeastern University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Youth & Student Ministry. Adam’s creativity as a student pastor has uniquely served students for 15 years in Florida, Kansas, and Georgia. He loves students and is passionate about them becoming lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ.
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