#Book Review: The Color of Rain by Michael & Gina Spehn

by | Dec 28, 2011 | KUWTR

The Color of Rain
How Two Families Found Faith, Hope, 
and Love in the Midst of Tragedy
Author: Michael Spehn, Gina Spehn
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 919 KB
Print Length: 288 pages
Publisher: Zondervan 
(September 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310331978
ISBN-13: 978-0310331971


This real-life Brady Bunch story is about what it means to endure the unthinkable—and still open one’s heart to what’s next. When two childhood friends die of cancer six weeks apart, the shared experience of loss brings their grieving spouses together. After months of late-night phone calls, family dinners, and countless dreams and tears, this unlikely pair builds a trust, a love, and a shared life. Told from alternating points of view, The Color of Rain illuminates the stepping-stones of healing that lead to a joyful new beginning for Michael and Gina Spehn and their five children. Like many who grieve, Michael and Gina had to choose to hope again. Along the way, they discovered that God can restore the darkest circumstances—and even from death, He can bring new life. Michael and Gina’s gripping story of ‘growing new hearts’ will inspire readers not only to survive loss but also to receive the new courage, faith, and identity that God gives in the midst of tragedy.


Michael and Gina Spehn, joined together by the loss of their spouses, co-founded The New Day Foundation for Families, which provides financial, emotional, and spiritual resources for families with children who have lost a parent to cancer. They are privileged to share their story and faith as speakers and as hosts of a weekly talk radio show, Your Family Matters, in Detroit, MI. Michael and Gina, along with their five children, make their home in southeastern Michigan.

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This is an emotional and spiritually enlightening read. I was very hesitant about reading this book because it has similar events that have happened in my life. My father passed away three years ago today (12/28/08) from cancer and I could completely relate to Gina’s story as I helped my step mom take care of my dad. Also after my father died my step mom remarried someone who had lost his wife to cancer a couple of months after my dad passed. So reading this book was almost as if someone had taken notes from my life and put them on the pages of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Michael’s spiritual cynicism because I can feel the exact same way at times. Michael and Gina did a great job of telling their story. I cried, I laughed, I got angry, but in the end I was happy for them and for myself for reading this book, it awakened the spiritual longing in me that has not been there for a while.Overall this is a wonderful heartwarming, emotional read. I HIGHLY recommend this book to others. It just might renew your Faith, Hope, and Love in all things God!

   5/5 Hearts

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. I was not compensated to write a positive or favorable review. This is Keeping Up With The Rheinlander’s personal opinion.


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