Cartwheels in the Rain

Three years ago, while Joe and Laurel Dubowski were exchanging Valentine’s Day gifts, a tragedy was unfolding on the campus of Northern Illinois University. A gunman had targeted students in a classroom, and their daughter, Gayle, was one of six who died that day.

In this brave and hopeful book, Joe takes us along on a journey he would never have chosen to travel. He recounts the details as they moved toward an understanding that was unthinkable and gut-wrenching. With great candor he gives us a glimpse into his thoughts and responses and approaches to healing over a two-year period.

Cartwheels in the Rain
By Joseph Dubowski
Paperback- 152 Pages
Discipleship Publications International
www.dpibooks.org

Introducing us to 20-year-old Gayle, he celebrates her life and her faith. Gayle loved the rain. In fact, she loved it so much she would run outside and do cartwheels in the downpour. Thus we come to see Gayle’s approach to life, and her exuberance calls us higher.

A book for all who have experienced loss and for all who comfort them, Cartwheels in the Rain is more than a recounting of the all-too-familiar happening of a school shooting. It is an affirmation that whatever we are called to face in this life, God is always there to hold us, to carry us, to see us through.

“I looked forward to reading this book, and yet I knew it would be hard. I read it this morning.  I think I've cried a river now.  Yet through all the tears, it touched my heart in a way that also leaves me inspired and grateful. I can't quite express what I feel about this book. It's really quite amazing. He has done a fabulous job conveying heart and hope. Somehow, it captures real life grief, struggle for faith, simple honesty, a picture of what life as a real Christian looks like, as well as a portrait of family and spiritual relationships that people everywhere are longing for. What a treasure!”   (Jeanie Shaw, Women's Ministry Leader, Boston)

Joe and Laurel Dubowski have been married for 27 years and live in the Chicago area. Joe has worked in software development and quality assurance for 18 years, and Laurel has taught piano and done substitute teaching for 19 years. Their son, Ryan, is exploring a number of career options after graduating from Wheaton Academy (high school). They continue to be active in their church and community. Joe looks forward to helping people recover from loss as a Grief Recovery specialist, and also plans to pursue a degree in marriage and family therapy at Northern Illinois University.

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