The Opposite of Certainty

by Janine Urbaniak Reid, Anne Lamott

On Sale: 2020-05-12

Price: $18.99

Book Summary

Janine Urbaniak Reid didn’t want to learn how to live with uncertainty, but when her ten-year-old son was diagnosed with a brain tumor and she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she defied the gravity of her circumstances and emerged transformed.

About the Book

What happens when we can no longer pretend that the ground underfoot is bedrock and the sky above predictable?

All Janine Urbaniak Reid ever wanted was for everyone she loved to be okay so she might relax and maybe be happy. Her life strategy was simple: do everything right. This included trying to be the perfect mother to her three kids so they would never experience the kind of pain she pretended not to feel growing up. What she didn’t expect was the chaos of an out-of-control life that begins when her young son’s hand begins to shake.

The Opposite of Certainty is the story of Janine’s reluctant journey beyond easy answers and platitudes. She searches for a source of strength bigger than her circumstances, only to have her circumstances become even thornier with her own crisis. Drawn deeply and against her will into herself, and into the eternal questions we all ask, she discovers hidden reserves of strength, humor, and a no-matter-what faith that looks nothing like she thought it would. 

Beautifully written and deeply hopeful, Janine shows us how we can come through impossible times transformed and yet more ourselves than we’ve ever allowed ourselves to be.


'A beautiful sucker punch, like life. When the ground crumbles beneath your hopes, big dreams, and great expectations, what do you stand on and for? Where do you find the strength to keep going? You find it in this gem of a book.'
--Ron Fournier, New York Times bestselling author of Love That Boy

'Somedays it's doughnuts and hot coffee. Other days it's gurneys and scans. That's true of almost every full life. Here's the good news: observant and warm, the writing of Janine Urbaniak Reid is the finest company on both kinds of days.'
--Kelly Corrigan, New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me More and The Middle Place

'Full of spiritual grace and shining with a kind of rare hope, yes, it brings you to your knees but miraculously shows you that this might actually be the best vantage point to see the stars. Extraordinary.'
--Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and Cruel Beautiful World

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780785230595
  • ISBN 10: 0785230599
  • Imprint: Thomas Nelson
  • On Sale: 2020-05-12
  • Pages: 288
  • List Price: $18.99
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 2020-05-12
  • Category 1 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • Category 2 : FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Children with Special Needs
  • Category 3 : RELIGION / Christian Life / General