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December 15, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sonya Mack | This Changes Everything: When Death No Longer Has the Final Say

@ Jasper Winery


What if grief wasn’t the end of your story, but the beginning of a new chapter?

When a loved one dies abruptly or before their time, mourners are left with an unmet expectation for a future that no longer exists. This Changes Everything revokes the notion that death has the final say. With humor and unique magical realism, Sonya Joy Mack portrays the life she and her mother, Vicki, would have lived—if only her mother had survived. Her story shares a joyful cross-country journey of finding joy and overcoming heartbreak.

Sonya’s writing depicts an indelible mother-daughter bond that even her mother’s battle with ALS could not break. She addresses grief from a place of hope and healing, grounded in God’s peace that transcends all understanding.

Based on true events, This Changes Everything: When Death No Longer Has the Final Say, is a story of hope, healing, and redemption over grief. It will give you the courage to follow your God-given calling and help you to see your grief has a purpose.


About the Author:


Sonya Joy Mack has treated grief and illness for over fifteen years as a Physician Assistant. In the grief of her mother’s passing, Sonya created The LIVE JOY LIFE, an organization that empowers women through community, mindset, and the LIVE JOY principles, to live in the joy God intended by giving their pain a purpose. Her debut book, This Changes Everything: When Death No Longer Has the Final Say, is a story of hope, humor, and healing for those who grieve, and encouragement to follow your God-given dreams. Her work can also be seen as a guest blog for “Find Your Harbor,” “The Well Des Moines,” and “Des Moines Mom Collective.” Sonya lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband and two spunky daughters, where she enjoys red wine, dark chocolate, big hugs, and living room dance parties. Sonya continues to advocate for a treatment and cure for ALS, the disease that took her mother’s life.

Sonya invites the public to come and go at this open house event featuring live music and refreshments.

Beaverdale Books will be there with copies of Sonya’s book for sale and signing.




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