This next book/author I’m writing about holds a special place in my heart. Leah Vis wrote Our Heaven Baby about seven years ago after going through a season of three recurrent miscarriages. I also experienced three miscarriages: one before Cami and two before Wyatt. Although I wasn’t very far along, all three miscarriages were devastating. When you try for years to have a baby and then finally get pregnant only to miscarry, it is so disheartening and you just feel hopeless. Only with God’s strength and the help of our family and friends did my husband Will and I get through those tough times and my pregnancy with Wyatt, during which I felt great anxiety until I prayed and gave control over to God.
The book Our Heaven Baby embraces the joy of pregnancy, gently portrays miscarriage, and imagines the wonders and hope of Heaven. As stated earlier, Leah wrote this book after going through three miscarriages. Leah and her husband already had two kids at the time. When they sat their children down to tell them that the baby had died, they also spent a lot of time dreaming with them about Heaven. They all gave ideas of what Heaven might be like and were filled with so much hope. Every child handles loss differently, but turning their hearts toward the hope of Heaven helped their kids get through the miscarriage without confusion or extreme sadness. Her book, Our Heaven Baby, is told from her son’s perspective, so it tells the story of pregnancy, excitement, death, questions, and Heaven in a gentle and positive way.
An interview with Leah:
Tell us a little about yourself. I’m married to my childhood crush, high school best friend, and college sweetheart. We have four kids from ages 2 to 11: one boy and three girls. Also, I’m a homeschool mom, author, and photographer.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I’ve written stories since I was a kid. Now that I’m a mom, I’ve written several stories for my kids that have never left the comfort of our home. Our Heaven Baby is my first book to go out into the world.
When did you write your first book and how old were you? The first story I remember writing was when I was 6. It was called Bones. I’m pretty sure I still have it because my mom is amazing at saving special things.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? When I’m not writing, I’m with my family just being busy with life.
What does your family think of your writing? My husband is very supportive and encourages me to keeping dreaming big. My kids think it’s the most normal thing. My two big kids love to write too.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book? Writing the story is the easy part. Everything else is the hard part. I’ve had to learn a new thing every single step of the way. You definitely need grit if you want your book to get out into the world.
Which of the books you’ve written is your favorite? Of all the books
I’ve written, my favorite is the one that I’ve tried to spread far and wide, Our Heaven Baby. It’s the most personal and 100% true to who I am and who my family is, and I’m not just talking about facts. I just mean it’s a piece of me. It’s how I communicate life and not just something that I wrote to entertain.
Do you hear from your readers? Yes! Our Heaven Baby is a story about miscarriage and the hope of Heaven, so it touches on people’s memories and emotions. My readers have been encouraged and appreciate the honesty, gentleness, and uplifting spirit of the story. One reviewer said it so sweetly, “I giggled and I cried.”
What is some advice you would give your younger self? When challenges feel too big, just take one small step at a time.
What is your favorite part about being an author? It’s amazing to create something that families can enjoy for years. I still have some books that I read as a kid. Those books bring back memories and will continue to be passed down to my kids.
Tell us something interesting or surprising about yourself that many people don’t know. Super random: One semester in college, I studied abroad and ate peanut butter and jelly for almost every meal for three months!
What’s next for you? I hired an amazing artist, Aeron Brown to illustrate my first book, but I want to try to illustrate my next book.
I also spent a lot of time reading Leah’s blog, which is full of posts obviously written from her heart that will lift you up and fill you with strength and hope.
From her website:
“My path and sequence of events is different than what yours will be. There is no formula to obtaining breakthrough. Or is there? I actually do think I know the answer to every single problem and impossible situation. The answer is to draw near to God with all your heart.”
Leah is also the founder of Three Horse Publishing which champions books that bring joy, hope, and wonder to children and families.