“There aren’t many books that lift your spirit at the same time they are breaking your heart, but that’s just what Heather Gordon-Young accomplishes in her book, FIREFLIES. Her lyrical prose make almost bearable the story of all-too-human suffering she encounters as she searches for Divine deliverance. What she discovers—and this is what makes FIREFLIES essential and unforgettable—is that it is in the very muck of human suffering and imperfection that the greatest transcendence can be found.”
— Terry Wolverton, author of STEALING ANGEL
“Heather Gordon-Young’s Fireflies is a young woman’s unflinchingly honest struggle to hold onto faith amid shadows and darkness. This narrative eschews easy ideas of what it means to be on a spiritual journey. Rather, Gordon-Young takes readers into the dark night of the soul, on an expedition of searching and stumbling and shouting. In doing so, she unearths a kind of illumination that is both tangible and fleeting, one that, while adding light to the scene, never attempts to deny the intensity of nightfall.” Bernadette Murphy author of the bestselling Zen and the Art of Knitting: Exploring the Links Between Knitting, Spirituality, and Creativity, among others. Look, Lean, Roll: A Woman, A Motorcycle, and Plunging into Risk, forthcoming, Spring 2016.
“Fireflies depicts a rich coming of age in faith. Gordon-Young’s quest for compassion, for “a better to way to be a human being” is rife with admirable tenderness and pluck. Here is a companion to, and from, the deep home place—and the lighted presence of those loved, divided, and divided in themselves.” –Donald Morrill, author of The Untouched Minutes and Awaiting Your Impossibilities
“Heather Gordon-Young is a powerful storyteller. In Fireflies: Finding Light in a Dark World, she draws us into her own experience of searching for answers when confronted with immense pain and suffering. Her powerful story teaches us about the lessons of dead-ends, false starts, and humbling defeats that lead us with grace towards purpose, meaning and hope. A beautiful book and a heart wrenching story that points us to the central calling of all faith which is to love one another well.” Reverend Becca Stevans, Thistle Farms