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The inner shock wave that shuts us down after a gut wrenching loss presents us with an empty space in our hearts of not knowing. Not knowing why. Not knowing how to move through the pain and confusion. Not knowing who we really are anymore. These times of painful emptiness can be a powerful clearing space for grace.

R. Joan McDermott lives in Northern California after moving there from New England where she’d lived since birth. Her journey has taken her from a consecrated life as a Sister of Mercy to a married woman to a psychotherapist. Along the way, Joan discovered she had become an alcoholic, and found a way to get sober and stay that way.


In her memoir, she details her journey and reveals the key to integrating and elevating the secular with the spiritual life—feeling gratitude and clearing space in one’s life to admit grace.

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