I had read a wonderfully written article online by Emily Rapp and it made me anxious to pick up her memoir The Still Point of the Turning World. I also knew that it would be hard to read.

Rapp’s memoir details her experience when her son is diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease, a very rare illness without a cure. It meant her son, Ronan, would probably not live to age 3.

This is obviously a heartbreaking memoir and it’s amazing how Rapp was able to find the strength to write it. Using her knowledge of religion (she has a Master’s in Divinity from Harvard), philosophy and her own personal past (one of her legs was amputated as a young girl), she weaves together her trials and tribulations in the wake of her son’s disease.

The Still Point of the Turning World looks into how we understand the afterlife along with how we prepare for it. I enjoyed how Rapp explained writing as her outlet to handle the storm. She reflected on how she normally told students not to write about something that happened so soon, but in her situation, it was the writing that helped her forge through.