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More powerful than fear

My older son greeted me at the door as I got home from work.

“Guess what?” he asked, continuing before I had time to guess anything. “Daddy got lots of movies in the mail today!”

(This is his daddy‘s first year receiving Academy Awards movie screeners.)

“Oh?” I asked Li’l D as I offloaded my bags.

“Yeah! He got–”

“I got five movies in three packages,” Anthony finished. “The first is A Monster Calls, and then–”

“Wait, what? You got that?! It’s not out until next year!”

“Mm-hmm,” he said, before trying to continue his list.

“I’m sorry, hon, but from A Monster Calls, it’s all downhill.”

See, I wrote in July how deeply the book A Monster Calls moved me.

Revisiting that post now, my heart is absolutely overflowing to see its conclusion.

I’m believing it (again) a little more each day, but all the same, it’s good to be reminded that:

Love is more powerful than fear.

Love will win.

a monster calls


  1. December 6, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Such a beautiful child. 🙂 I am unfamiliar with A Monster Calls, I shall have to bing it. 🙂

    • December 6, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      I’d offer you our copy, but Anthony hasn’t read it yet … so I think he’d be cross! (I might buy extra copies all the same, I loved it that much. ♥)

  2. December 6, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    I purchased A Monster Calls after reading your post in July. I found it a little disturbing but very moving. It haunted me for days afterward. Thank you. 💕

    • December 6, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      I understand finding it disturbing. The thing that made it disturbing was, I found, the same thing that made it moving. Whereas, say, Pixar movies or Hamilton maneuver in these neatly confined circles where everything’s crafted to reach the most common emotional buttons, works like this and The Last Leaves Falling reach into them all and … make the commonalities between people seem bigger and the spaces between us smaller, by leaving none of the rawness out of bounds. I’m excited to start watching the movie as soon as Anthony’s done with his part of bedtime stories.

      No matter how excited I am, sadly, I’m unlikely to stay awake through the whole thing!

      • December 6, 2016 at 11:35 pm

        Thank you for such a thoughtful reply and I agree. It’s more than just a story. I think it has tremendous therapeutic value. It brought to light a burden I’d been carrying since childhood that I didn’t even know I was carrying and so then I was able to let it go. For this I’m grateful. I hope you enjoyed the movie. 🌻

        • December 10, 2016 at 7:36 am

          Such is life with two little kids that I still haven’t managed to watch it! What I have seen, though, made me bawl … that good “I’m not alone/we’re all in this together” kind of cry, that is. 🙂

  3. December 6, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Love is more powerful than fear…such a great message and so true. The movie sounds really interesting…

    • December 6, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      The movie isn’t rated as highly as the book, but I’m coming into it with open mind and heart. 🙂

      • December 7, 2016 at 9:47 am

        Books into movie always hard to bring a book to the screen. Joy of reading is creating your own vision in your head, movies rarely hit the nail on the head with adapting the book. Happy you liked the book though 🙂

  4. December 10, 2016 at 5:59 am

    I remember you writing about A Monster Calls and when I looked it up was totally interested, but completely slipped my mind to see if our library has it or could get it. Thanks for the reminder so I can read it before the movie comes out. Beautiful photo, too. Adorable.

    • December 10, 2016 at 7:35 am

      It’s a beautiful book, but it’s definitely an emotional roller coaster! It goes where other books and movies usually daren’t, and so feels beautiful and powerful for expressing things truly collective that feel so lonely and unique because they’re so seldom spoken well. 🙂

      Seeing Littler J playing with the book warmed my heart!

      • December 10, 2016 at 7:41 am

        Oohh.. splendid review. Now I’m mad that I have to wait until the library opens on Monday!

  5. December 10, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    sounds like it
    could chill out
    my scaredy-child
    inside, no? 🙂

    • December 17, 2016 at 7:39 am

      It is fantastic for that! My eyes landed on it in Anthony’s bookshelf last night and that, too, eased my heart.

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