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Mothering without...Surviving the deaths of my parents

Surviving the death of my parents...
Surviving the death of my parents...

“I fell on my face and wept. I prayed for healing. I didn’t want to dwell in my misery any longer. I wanted to breathe again, feel again, live life again.

In Breathing on Purpose: A Memoir on Surviving the Death of a Loved One, Jessica Zondervan proves there’s no stopping God when he’s in the spirit of healing. Sharing her awe-inspiring story and the unique circumstances surrounding the back-to-back losses of her parents, she chronicles the miracles of God and his unforeseen guidance that carried her to a place of rest. Known for her gut-wrenching honesty and uninhibited personal experience, Jessica truthfully walks each reader through the dark days and never-ending nights of mourning, as she struggles to find herself on the other side of grief. Revealing her painful struggles with doubt and depression, and her uncounted battles with God, she details how she was able to overcome years of raw anguish, unsheltered grief, and resentment through the grace and healing power of God. Breathing On Purpose is an encouraging and inspirational read for anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one.”

Jessica Zondervan is a graduate of Drake University with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication. In her early twenties, Jessica experienced an unthinkable amount of pain and tragedy. During that time she grieved the deaths of several loved ones, including her college professor, both of her dogs, her mom and dad, her grandpa and grandma, and a very close friend.

After years of struggling with grief and depression, she experienced full healing and now dedicates her time and energy to helping others break free from depression. Jessica lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, Randy, and their two precious children, Braedin and Audrey. She is also a freelance writer for, examining parenting issues and local events within the community.

  • I would like to mention the fact that I have been blessed with wonderful in-laws. My father-in-law and mother-in-law have come along side me and helped me survive the expected and unexpected stages of parenthood. Thanks Mom and Dad Zondervan!

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  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    sounds like you and i share similar stories. also a drake graduate with ba in journalism, also have lost several loved ones in my twenties, also have been relying on the grace and love of god to get me through. also an examiner (des moines spiritual living). your book sounds great. thanks for inspiring me to not give up on writing my own someday.

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