Sharing this book is a sincere pleasure. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been touched by suicide in their lives. The joyful holidays can lead some of us to compare ourselves to others or to feel alone, pressured. This holiday, I hope Christa Jaussi’s book reminds you that connection with loves ones are priceless, and that you matter.
Thursdays, I feature an author committed to writing clean or inspirational books. Each time, I am moved by the quality of the authors and the importance of their work. Christa Jaussi’s book, Brother’s Keeper, is a fictional novel based on author’s experience of losing a brother to suicide has important content for our times. We are losing too many of our young people. Although the book is fiction, it can start conversations and open dialogues with family members about suicide.
Christa Jaussi lost her brother to suicide in 2005, when she was a sophomore in high school. Though such a struggle seemed impossible at the time, Christa believes that this event and the growth and learning that followed it have everything to do with the person she is today. Christa married her best friend in 2010. Though being a mother is now her main focus in life, she is still trying to help others as well.
I asked Christa Jaussi why she is committed to writing clean or inspirational fiction. She said:
“My hope is to validate all the raw and real emotions we all face in our struggles, and to also provide some hope for healing!”
This holiday season, reach out, connect even if you are an introvert with social anxiety. It may be difficult for you, but everywhere there is someone who is alone. Brighten their lives with a text, a call, or even a surprise pie delivery. Let the people in your world know they matter.
And if you are alone, still, reach out, connect, or just know you are of infinite worth. Please stay with us. Give us one more day. You may have something to offer to the world unique to you. Stay.
About Brother’s Keeper
This fictional book is based on the author’s experience of losing her brother to suicide when she was only 15 years old. Follow Jordyn’s journey as she discovers the difficulties of life after a tragedy. Feeling all of the emotions, her faith is tested. Jordyn struggles to come to terms with the “new normal” of life, and processing who she now is becomes a daily challenge. Experience the lows that the loss of a loved one through suicide brings, along with the hope and healing that can come.
“Know the Warning Signs Identifying the suicide warning signs is the first step towards protecting your loved one.
- Threats or comments about killing themselves, also known as suicidal ideation, can begin with seemingly harmless thoughts like “I wish I wasn’t here” but can become more overt and dangerous
- Increased alcohol and drug use
- Aggressive behavior. A person who’s feeling suicidal may experience higher levels of aggression and rage than they are used to.
- Social withdrawal from friends, family and the community.
- Dramatic mood swings indicate that your loved one is not feeling stable and may feel suicidal.
- Preoccupation with talking, writing or thinking about death.
- Impulsive or reckless behavior”
#WaitByTheGate #Chooselight #Stay