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4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5 4.50 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Spehn, Gina Kell Spehn Narrator: Michael Spehn, Michael and Gina Spehn, Gina Kell Spehn Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9780310332039
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Matt Kell is a young husband and father in the late stages of terminal cancer. His former classmate Cathy Spehn has recently moved to his hometown with her husband and three children. Four weeks after Matt dies on Christmas Day, Cathy develops a bad headache. She dies seventeen days later of inoperable brain cancer. On her last day of life, she tells her husband, Michael: "Call Gina Kell."

The Color of Rain illuminates the stepping-stones of healing that led to a new life for Michael, Gina, and their five children. This remarkable real-life Brady Bunch story explores the differences between despair and grief, denial and joy, bitterness and redemption.

Told from alternating points of view, Michael and Gina's gripping journey of "growing new hearts" inspires readers to not just survive loss but to receive the courage, faith, and identity that God gives in the midst of tragedy—and be transformed forever.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodie Sharp | 2/20/2014

    " I have never read a book that broke my heart in a million pieces then put it back together again better than it was before. A beautiful story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/19/2014

    " I'm a Michigan native, so the setting of this novel alone grabbed me. The story line was equally capturing. This is the true story of 2 couples, torn apart from their spouses by two separate tragedies, who ultimately find one another and find love again. It's wonderfully written from the perspective of both surviving spouses. Not only is it a wonderful story (though tear-jerking...make sure your tissues are nearby!), it's a wonderful lesson in how to help someone through grief. It gave me some perspective into what grief is like and what is helpful and what isn't when you're trying to say and do the "right thing." The story doesn't sugar coat the agony of losing someone you love, but shows how God helps us through it and in the end, how He has us in his loving, caring hand through life's most difficult circumstances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Montgomery | 2/16/2014

    " Very nice story of tragedy, faith, hope and love. Despite the odds two families merged together and made it work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 beth | 1/25/2014

    " I cried a lot reading this one. What a story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 1/23/2014

    " This book is really well written and a heart warming story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellenkaymi | 1/21/2014

    " I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was sad at first, but inspiring as well! I highly recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/15/2014

    " This was a very interesting read. I would recommend it highly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam O'Day | 1/12/2014

    " Excellent book about families moving thru grief after spouses have died. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 12/27/2013

    " Interesting? Definitely. Emotional? Extremely! Well-written? A+ Worth reading? YES! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/7/2013

    " Wonderful book. Keep a box of tissues handy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 12/5/2013

    " If you have a pulse, you should read this book. :0) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karan Johnstone | 12/1/2013

    " What a GREAT book. It is sad and happy all at the same time. It is a great reminder to get as much out of life while you can because you never know what God has planned for us in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie Hanson | 9/27/2013

    " Oh my! This book was amazingly heartwrenching and I cried through the first half. This story is mine & so many others. It's a postive feedback on my Faith journey! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Wilmot | 6/26/2013

    " An absolutely incredible read. This book was recommended to me by an incredible friend and I'm so grateful that it was... Don't hesitate... get it now! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 5/30/2013

    " This is a very sad book. It paints the very vivid picture of 2 people dying of cancer. But there is more to it than that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri | 4/1/2013

    " I was a childhood friend of Cathy so it hit home even more. I was very impressed on how well the book was written. How wonderful for these two families to have found each other after such tragedy. God does work in mysterious ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 2/27/2013

    " This is a beautiful well written story. I did find parts of it very difficult to read because it WAS so well written and paints a very real picture...very sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clare Cannon | 2/9/2013

    " Moving story of loss and new love and faith, but it's a shame that it's about two lapsed Catholics who never understood their faith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 2/3/2013

    " Enjoyed this book that truly shows how God has a master plan for our lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 1/3/2013

    " Read this true story from my hometown in preparation for an interview with the author. It is a sad but uplifting story ... I loved the author's description of the double rainbow as the analogy of her 'new day.' I highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Hasemann | 11/15/2012

    " This book brought me to tears numerous times, but also made my heart sing at the same time. I highly recommend this book to everyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 11/4/2012

    " I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has lost a spouse and wonders if love is possible a second time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Wood | 9/2/2012

    " I found this story to involve so many emotions...I was crying at page 34 and smiling throughout the entire book. What these families endured was incredible and they all came out on the other side happy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 7/10/2012

    " A hard, emotional read, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi P | 5/11/2012

    " This is a must read. An amazing story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christie | 12/15/2011

    " Heartbreaking and inspiring. What these people had to endure is unthinkable, yet they managed to not only survive, but come out with stronger faith. I liked it a lot. "

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