Endorsements


"An amazing read of the journey to recovery from great loss!! This is a must-read for anyone who has sufferred loss and lost themselves in the process...I recommend this book to all!!"
Jayne Michelle Fountain, Ph.DAuthor, International Speaker and Trainer, Television Host

“Elizabeth Rose's journey of love and loss is a poignant one, and the story of how she learned to live her best life is beautiful. It's a story filled with lessons that we all need." —Daleen Berry, Author of ‘Sister of Silence’

"I CHOOSE TO WALK IN FAITH...I CHOOSE TO LIVE MY LIFE FULLY..."These words come alive and seep deep within your soul through the provocative inner thoughts and writings of this woman, business woman, wife, widow, mother and strong child of God. A must read for sure of courage, trust, faith and yes, commitment to live life to the fullest!”
Jane H. Hubbard, Director of Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Care

As heartrending as it was to read the sweet then bitter story of Elizabeth's marriage, her book poignantly proves that even pain and suffering can ultimately flow to joy and understanding of life. I was inspired by her LIFE CHOICES to do my best to live by them myself.
Rose Gordy, Author


“Many of us find ourselves believing we are alone in our losses, fears, doubts and grief. We feel hopelessly alone, abandon. In her book, Elizabeth takes us on the journey of the first half of her life and all it had to offer, utter suffering and complete joy. Elizabeth courageously reminds us, we are not alone. Her faith and perseverance challenges each of us to find a way to Live Your Life.”
Greg Horton, Safety Manager


As a recent widow, Elizabeth's story drew me in and blessed me from the beginning. People in our culture today are not always sensitive to widowhood and it's life changing effects. She weaves a story of love, trials, compassion, and love again. She is a woman of courage, faith, and most of all, hope. The family dynamics before and after Brad's death helped me understand the totality of her grief. Her journey is a tapestry of faith and her "I Choose" messages are universal for all of us who are struggling to change and move on. She has inspired me to Live My Life each day with a new conviction.
Susan Kellam, Family Hospice Supportive Services, Volunteers and Bereavement


“I was so touched as I read this book, there were several pages that I would read and then turn back and reread. My heart was moved so many times. This book is a great read for anyone who feels like giving up, quitting, or just walking out on life. I have the privilege of being a church leader; I wish every church member could read this book to see how people need people in their lives. There were a few times that I thought the book was speaking to me personally. Then I realized that we all need to read it and hear it. You life will be touched as you read this story of God living in a modern day family, when things were bad, good, unbearable, God still allows His spirit to be revealed. I would recommend this book for anyone on the journey of life. You will be blessed!”
Teddy Tackett, Senior Minister Lynn Street Church

“This is a story of extraordinary gifts.... To have a life filled with romantic love that most do not experience is a true gift. To have it taken away is a tragedy. You will see through Elizabeth's experiences how love for our Heavenly Father and raw faith anchored her in a time when stability was abandoned. With a courageous choice to live again, Elizabeth shares with us her journey. A journey that took her from the shadows of grief to a place of hope. Along the way she found a unexpected extraordinary gift... A transformation of the soul.”
Tina Davis, Autism Mentor

“When you read this book you will immediately start a list of your friends and family who you will want to share this story with. Most of us have experienced loss, hurt or pain in our lives and this book helped me to look more deeply into the things or events that are holding me back from living my life ‘to the fullest’. Too many times we do not allow our faith in God to carry us because of the walls we build around ourselves. ‘Porch Swings and Fireflies: Creating Life Out of Loss” will help those walls to come down so you will be able to enjoy all that life has to offer. I recommend this for men and women alike.”
Curtis Edwards, Chairman of the Board/President, Today’s Youth Tomorrow’s America Public Charity for Education


“Elizabeth Rose represents the embodiment of courage and true compassion for others in sharing her personal life story. The complete candor and raw emotion she reveals helps the reader feel an immediate connection with her as she takes you through the precious story of her true love, a genuineness of her daily life, an unimaginable tragedy, and the everlasting, unfailing love of Christ. Elizabeth is real with the reader...she shows us that “living her way in to the answers” will apply to any one in any difficult situation. Her faith and devotion to God is beautiful. She has left me wanting more...I want to walk further with her, learning of her strength and growth in the new life she is living, teaching us that life is meant to be lived despite our struggles. I am hopeful she will bless us with a sequel in the future.”
Celeste Stevenson, Marketing Coordinator

Porch Swings and Fireflies: Creating Life Out of Loss” is the journey of an incredible woman with an incredible message to share. All of us have experienced loss of some kind: economic failure, destroyed relationships, and even the loss of loved ones. Elizabeth has lived through them all. It is through her journey of life experiences and her trust and belief in God that she has been able to recognize and share the Life Choices that she used in order to find peace and happiness. Calling on her deep faith and belief that God has placed this book on her heart, Elizabeth has found the strength, courage and skill to allow the readers into a very private and personal part of her life. Her inspirational story will allow people of all levels of spiritual development to realize that happiness is a choice.”
Terry Fram, Founder/Director of Maryland Council for Special Equestrians, Inc.
Non-profit organization offering equine assisted therapies to individuals with disabilities


Porch Swings and Fireflies: Creating Life Out of Loss” by Elizabeth Lynn Rose is a breathe of fresh air. Whether struggling to overcome the loss of a loved one or just trying to get a grasp on this thing called "life", the reader is taken on a heart to heart journey of love... God's love. Elizabeth gives us a glimpse of her soul and in doing so, she opens the door to give us a glimpse of ours, as well. Life is a journey filled with many peaks, valleys and uncertainties, but above all, life is a gift... a gift to be enjoyed and treasured. As Elizabeth shares the loss, courage and healing that has brought her to where she is today, her faith rings clear. It is a faith based on total surrender; a faith so beautiful, so peaceful, so melodic that it touches the heart at it's deepest level. Thank you Elizabeth for unzipping your flesh on the outside to show us what God has done for you on the inside. You have found the song of God's love in your heart and you are 'truly' dancing to the melody.
Pam Powers Moore
Professional Speaker, Vocalist and Author
Sweet Song Ministries


“Elizabeth Rose’s book, “Porch Swings and Fireflies: Creating Life out of Loss” is a beautifully written account of her tragic loss and her walk through the pain. This deeply spiritual lady gives a moving testimony of trust and faith. She spoke to my heart in so many ways and helped me deal with the loss of my beloved husband of 51 ½ years. By her willingness to share such painful memories, this book will be a wonderful instrument of hope and an assurance of peace for those who have suffered a similar loss. Elizabeth spoke to my heart with her words, ‘True love stays with us forever and the memories are our treasures.’ She encourages her readers to always turn to God asking and trusting Him for direction. Her example of walking in faith through tragedy can inspire us to use our own loss and pain to comfort others when they face a similar loss. ‘I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow,’ (Jeremiah 31:13).
Shiela Harrison, Area Representative, Stonecroft Ministries


“Through Elizabeth Rose's beautiful words, you find hope for your tomorrow, as you discover strength for today! By letting go of the past, we can see the light of a bright future. As we go on life's journey, God is always beside us. We are never alone. This wonderful book teaches us to, Walk in Faith!”
Irma B. Frye, Independent Business Owner-Marketing Consultant


“Life has a way of leading us into places that normally none of us would desire or attempt to walk. Elizabeth’s story has a way of allowing each of us to enter in and see how closely some of us have also walked in those same paths. In 2001 on March 12, our family entered into just such a chaos with the loss of our three year old daughter, Megan. With determination to first not be a statistic and second to allow God even deeper into our lives, we have committed our lives and our family to God’s purposes. We, like Elizabeth, have seen God’s hand in healing and in moving in our lives in ways most would find difficult to understand. As you read this book, listen intently to the messages that God is sending through this script. He will never leave us alone, He is always with us. There are two ways to go through these types of crisis recovery, one without Christ in our lives, which is long, arduous, and littered with the shreds of relationships torn from the strife one goes through. The second, is with Christ at the helm, knowing that even in the very worst of times – those times when we even find it difficult to draw a breath, He will give us breath. When we feel so weak that we cannot stand, He will stand with us, holding us up. Elizabeth’s account, displays the depth of love that only God can foster and the understanding that comes from our laying our lives in His hands. When this happens, the pain is somehow different and the healing carries with it an understanding that we all are a part of something far greater than ourselves. Thank you for this study of love, trial, loss and overwhelming blessings.”
Ronald (Ron) Hill, Congregational Care/Counseling Pastor

“Thank you Elizabeth for this very inspirational book. Having also lost a spouse I can truly appreciate the journey that must be made. Your example proves that even though it is difficult to accept the loss of your spouse it is possible to Live Your Life.”
Don Champion, Co-owner Catering By the Champions


“Even as a child, God had his hand on Elizabeth. For most of her adult life she and Brad lived a fairy tale. Elizabeth soared with Brad as the wind beneath her wings. Tragically, the wind was quieted then ceased altogether. Cast into utter desolation, she made the choice to turn to the most important man in her life, God. Through choosing a new relationship with an old friend, Elizabeth now soars on eagle's wings. Reading this book forever changed my understanding of the relationship between women, men and God. Any man who reads it and isn't changed is beyond reach.”
John P. Dolphin, CEO CADS-USA, Inc.


As a recent widow, Elizabeth's story drew me in and blessed me from the beginning. People in our culture today are not always sensitive to widowhood and it's life changing effects. She weaves a story of love, trials, compassion, and love again. She is a woman of courage, faith, and most of all, hope. The family dynamics before and after Brad's death helped me understand the totality of her grief. Her journey is a tapestry of faith and her "I Choose" messages are universal for all of us who are struggling to change and move on. She has inspired me to Live My Life each day with a new conviction.
Susan Kellam, Family Hospice Supportive Services, Volunteers and Bereavement