Seeking Solace: Finding Joy After Loss is the audiobook to listen to when you struggle with any loss. Whether it’s the loss of a family member, a marriage, a precious child, or another tragedy, Amy Bovaird offers hope and encouragement through her devotions and spiritual experiences. Listeners will journey from heartbreak to healing.
Seeking Solace is an audiobook about relationships and how to deal with loss. Discover truth, gratitude, and a growing awareness of God’s presence. Then wrap yourself in the solace of God’s reassuring comfort.
Life in the United Arab Emirates brings many ups and downs. Amy, an American, married to an Arab, is pregnant with twins. But during her twenty-week check-up, Amy learns she has lost one of her precious babies. Suddenly she is hospitalized with pre-eclampsia and fighting for her and her second twin’s life.
She learns the fate of that baby while she is alone—more loss. Just as life settles down, her beloved father is diagnosed with two stage-four cancers. Will she make it home in time to see her father one last time? How does Amy cope with these fears and devastating losses in the United Arab Emirates?
This memoir, written in a devotional format, testifies to a loving Father who never once abandons His daughter to cope alone in a foreign country. Seeking Solace centers on relationships and the complex and often messy emotions that accompany the many facets of loss. Discover truth, gratitude, and a growing awareness of God’s presence.
Targeted Age Group: 18+
Genre: Christian Non-Fiction
What was your inspiration for this book?
Seeking Solace -a pivotal year in my life when I came to terms with sight loss through orientation and mobility (white cane) training. The challenges I had in facing various fears that came along with a cane — psychological, emotional and physical. I noticed many in my support group struggled with using a white cane, and I thought sharing my story would encourage them. Also, my story would serve to educate signed readers and family members about the challenges. My memoir is different because in it I share my inner fears. It's not a how-to. It remains positive and humorous throughout and brings light to little-discussed training for the blind. My orientation and mobility instructor was completely blind and extremely inspirational in that he modeled positive responses. His attitudes changed my outlook. I felt my memoir would be upbeat, optimistic and educational without being preachy.
Why did you decide to produce an audiobook?
I chose to produce all three of my books in as many formats as possible to reach as many vision-impaired readers as possible. Audio is the perfect format, especially for those with a high degree of sight loss. It's also a contemporary mode of delivery and pairs nicely whisper sync so if readers want to switch between kindle and audio, they can do so seamlessly.
How did you choose the reader for the book and the production company?
At the start of my first book, I invited my readers to suggest narrators and had them read a key passage. Then I let my readers listen, and followed their feedback.
Someone in one of my groups suggested the narrator I chose. She had thirty years of experience and could read foreign words, sing, and was able to match her personality to mine in the memoir. She had her own business so I ended up paying a lot more money for her expertise. Luckily for me, several Lions clubs in my district contributed to the cost of the product.
Once I chose the narrator, I continued to use her in the series. It's not the cheapest route but I am very happy with the continuity and her voice. She is lovely to work with.
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