Read my interview with Ash Reviews.
“In This Underserved Life, Natalie Brenner opens her heart wide to let us into her grief and pain. She courageously invites us to feel with her, to weep and moan— to be the broken people we are. Natalie’s story will bring you to the One— Jesus— who can birth beauty out of ugliness and joy out of grief. This is more than a story about loss— it is a story of finding the greatest treasure imaginable.”
—Diane Comer, Author of He Speaks In The Silence and Cofounder of Intentional
“Like heart-drenched entries from a journal, Natalie’s raw reflections show what we all know and yet often fail to understand: True healing comes from entering pain, not shying away from it. These honest glimpses of a young life flipped upside-down by pain, loss, and shame will help many hurting hearts know they’re not alone. Natalie’s sweet soul shines through her words, taking readers on an intimate journey of what it really means to be joyful in hope, faithful in affliction, and faithful in prayer.”
—Kayla Craig, Author of Just Really Joseph, Co-Host of The Upside Down Podcast, and Writer at KaylaCraig.com
“Natalie’s words in this book shine light on the darkest, unseen places of the soul. Her raw and honest words extend an invitation for us to give our grief, found in each of our stories, the space and time to heal. These words will speak to deep places in you, I know they have in me.”
—Jessica Satterfield, Adoptive Mom, Writer, and Speaker at www.GraceWhileWeWait.com
“This is one of the best books I’ve ever read on grief, loss, and finding hope through it. Natalie accurately, passionately, and deeply captures the pain and agony of loss, but also the redemptive power when we place everything in the hands of Jesus. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has suffered loss, or is in a season of grief.”
—Mike Berry, Author of Confessions Of An Adoptive Parent: Hope And Help From The Trenches Of Foster Care and Adoption
“Sometimes it seems like the world of writing where real life and Jesus collide is just for women. It would be easy to put this text in that same vein. It is more than that though. As a foster dad figuring out how to love and raise kids that aren’t like me, this book spoke to my heart. As someone trying to figure out what it means to love The Church when hurt is everywhere, this book spoke to my heart. As a guy trying to figure out the meaning of life and birth for the women all around me, this book taught me pieces I never before understood. Natalie is exactly what she seems like. Full of hope and kindness even in the darkest of places. There is nothing false or fake hiding between the lines. Grateful for the words of this book.”
—Seth King, Refugee Case Manager at Lutheran Community Services
“If you’ve ever wondered if it’s okay to be sad, if you’re wondering where God is amidst your greatest grief, read this book. Natalie’s story is our story.”
—Jeff Goins, Bestselling Author of The Art of Work
“Some words of advice when you read Natalie Brenner’s This Undeserved Life: clear your schedule because you won’t want to put it down; start a book club because you are going to want to talk about this book with everyone you know; and try not to bawl after reading because you realize how painful, incredible, stressful, and magical life can be.
Natalie weaves a story about grief, adoption, infertility, heartache, love, and more. Page after page you will be amazed at how one person finds her way through trauma and pain to a beautiful, imperfectly wonderful life. This is a must-read for anyone looking to find more purpose, beauty, and life.”
“Natalie Brenner is courageously transparent. Her new book is no exception.
She writes openly and honestly about loss and the importance of grieving what has been lost. As an international adoptee, her story touches me deeply. I know the cost of suppressing grief; the suffering that comes with numbing our pain. This Underserved Life gives grief a voice, and thus gives voice to us all.”
—Michelle Madrid-Branch, Author, Speaker, International Adoptee, Adoptive Parent, and Global Advocate For Women and Children. She is the author of Adoption Means Love: Triumph of the Heart, Mascara Moments: Embracing the Woman in the Mirror, and the children’s book, The Tummy Mummy. To learn more about Michelle, please visit MichelleMadridBranch.com
"This book is eye-opening. You do not need to be currently grieving to read this book and to get something out of it. It probably is more beneficial having this knowledge going into a touch situation than to have to realize all of this after. This is a classic I-wish-I-would-have-read-this-before book. This book is for everyone and is a must read."
—Ash Reviews, AshReviews.com
“This book may make you cry while you read it in public spaces. At least that is what happened to me. Natalie leaves her beating heart on these pages; here so we can all feel safer with baring our own hearts. If you have walked through grief of any kind you will likely feel safe, seen, and heard in these pages. May you no longer feel alone in your grief.”
—Josie Corliss, Professional Stay At Home Mom to Four Boys
“Natalie has taken the her story and the topics of loss and grief and hurt and has created something absolutely beautiful! The whole time I was reading, names of friends and family who would benefit from reading this book kept popping into my head. This Undeserved Life will speak to anyone who has ever faced loss or grief or conflict that made them feel isolated and alone—or rather, God will speak to them through this book. Natalie is a gifted writer and is faithfully using that gift for His glory. She has a story that SO MANY people will relate to for so many reasons.”
—Misha Klein, Boys and Girls Club Branch Director
“I laid in bed reading last night and didn’t want to put it down. I’m loving this book. Tons of people are going to relate to this. The idea that we need to work, sacrifice, and paste on a smile, as if anything less isn’t consistent with our faith. It’s so good, everything is so vivid to me. Pain and loss are unavoidable, but Natalie’s words in This Undeserved Life will refresh your soul. Her encouragement to quit pretending and look our grief and pain in the face is a message that will be helpful to so many. Whether you have or are presently dealing with everyday disappointment or tragic loss, this is a message we all need to hear—that we will still find Jesus in the midst of our deepest pain. ”
—Stacey Stark, Writer at Adoption.com and The Starks Adopt
"Natalie does a beautiful job unfolding her story throughout these pages that will draw you in. I could not put this book down. I cleared my weekend plans to finish it. I actually woke up thinking about it anticipating the rest of the story. Her vulnerability in sharing her deepest thoughts that most of us hide will make you feel like a familiar voice is sharing their heart with you. Her raw honesty in sharing the pains of a woman struggling with fertility problems rips the Band-Aids off my heart. I feel like I was meant to read this book. It has ministered to me in multiple ways."
—Leanna Mae, read her book review post here