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The Golden Sky (The Golden Sky #1)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  67 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
The "death home" gave my son a really nice funeral, the kind I'd never wished to attend. When they tried closing his casket, I nearly fell on my face, not wanting them to shut the lid on my baby.

We lost it after that, totally cemented in our grief. Cade got into drugs, joined a rock and roll band, and even grew out his damn hair. At the time, I was sick of "the oatmeal o
Paperback, 300 pages
Published November 18th 2011 by Wayman Publishing (first published October 27th 2011)
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Dimitri Sarantis
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing

By EC Stilton - Elisa
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By Author Dimitri Sarantis

This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. It describes part of Elisa’s life between the ages of seventeen and nineteen. One of the important strengths of the book is how absolutely real it is; it is taken directly from her diary. These two years of Elisa’s life make her go through two excruciating tribulations: the one involves her baby son Zeke and the second her husband’s Cade behavior. Reading Elisa’s boo
Melynda Fleury
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Elisa's heartwarming and heartbreaking tale of the birth and death of her infant son, had me enthralled from the first page.
I cried as the reality of such a devastating loss to such a young couple rips them apart. I laughed through some of the antics this 19 year old woman/child went through trying to survive the death of her child and the destruction of her relationship. I applauded as I read of her bravery and kindhearted acts of forgiveness towards those that had wronged her. I cheered as her
Carol Wyer
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Golden Sky by E. C. Stilson is the heartbreaking story of the loss of a child and the consequent difficulties that arise from such a tragedy. Written in the form of Elisa’s journal The Golden Sky is poignant and very moving. Particularly so, as it is written by a young girl who may only be nineteen years old yet who has the maturity at times of someone much older and wiser.
It tells the story of a young happy couple, Elisa and Cade, who learn they are expecting their second child only to di
Sylvia Ney
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Golden Sky, a memoir by Elisa Hirsch, will be released tomorrow and is a must read.
Published under the name EC Stilson, this book is a journal she began at the age of nineteen when she had a baby and another on the way. Told she carried an infant with extreme defects, Elisa began to research all avenues open to her and her child.

The author takes us on a heart wrenching journey as her second child struggled to overcome many health obstacles. Elisa openly shares the raw emotions of losing bot
Obscured Vixen
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Any book that starts with a note to readers like this you know is going to be good: “Before taking this journey, know that you hold my journal in your hands. It’s raw and real. Every word is precious, written through the honest eyes of youth. At the age of nineteen I turned to pen and paper, my only confidants. I then reread my journal and perfected it, by making minor revisions, when I was twenty-six. Yes, I was young. Yes, it was hard, but st
Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Golden Sky is a memoir written in journal format that takes you on the most heartbreaking journey a mother could ever go on.
Elisa is a young mother to a little girl and wife to her first true love.
She loves her life and her family and is estastic when she finds out that she is pregnant again, with a little boy this time.
However, she gets the devasting news that her son has several defects and may not survive.
Elisa refuses to give up hope and does everything she possibly can to ensure that he
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I defy you not to be moved by this memoir written by a young woman who at times seems so innocent and others so wise. It might not be a great literary work but it is truth and real and something that happens to far too many people. When Elisa was just nineteen her second born child, a son died, she and her husband Cade became a sad statistic, which sadly many thousands of others can relate to. We have all experienced grief and loss but the acute pain of losing a child was just so hard to imagine ...more
Dee Ready
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This memoir is written with a fierce honesty. The author did not try "to pretty things up" by reflecting her present age. Instead she wrote dialogue and description in the way a young woman would--a woman nearing the end of her teens. A woman with one child whom she cherishes and a baby who has been born with a birth defect.

She's thrust into the real world of making life-and-death decisions. And while the decision that looms for her is not about her own physical life but about Zeke, her baby, i
Nov 08, 2011 rated it liked it
This story is as real as it gets! Elisabeth Stilson tells the story of her journey through the pregnancy, birth and loss of her son Zeke. The text of the book is taken directly from Stilson's journals. We learn of the raw emotions and very real outcomes that follow the tragic loss of a child. It's a fascinating and touching read.

For more details, including a note from the author and excerpt from the book, and to enter a giveaway to win one of two advance copies of The Golden Sky, visit Cookie's
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to read “Bible Girl and the Bad Boy” (also by EC Stilson) first. I already enjoy the author’s writing and since this is a continuation of her life, I was familiar with her and the other people who I knew (or at least strongly suspected) would turn up in this book. I will say, however, that the reader should be prepared, this is a tough story to listen to because it deals with the death of a infant and the personal struggle the mother, father and family go through (obviously wi ...more
Donna McBroom-Theriot
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When Elisa ask me to read and review her book, she told me it was taken straight from her dairy; and it would be in its unaltered form, unedited. I agreed, not knowing what to expect.
I sat down with A Golden Sky and began to read. I felt as though Elisa was sitting there with me, deep in conversation. Each time I put the book down and picked it back up, I felt like I had gotten up for a cup of tea and come back to continue our conversation. The more I read, the more I felt as though she were s
Steven Weissman
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
No parent should know the loss of a child, let alone one whose brief experience of life was the fight for it and his only reward a mother’s altruistic love. Such was Zeke’s small world, cut from earthly bonds too soon but never from the hearts of those he touched. Drawn primarily from journal entries by his mother, Elisa, The Golden Sky is an account of how Zeke’s short life not only tore apart her heart but also her life, and of her indefatigable strength and resolve to pick up the pieces and r ...more
Rick Gualtieri
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Why did I choose to read The Golden Sky? I've been reading the author's blog at for a while now. She has a fabulous way with words. If you haven't checked her out yet, I highly suggest you do so. My choice to read The Golden Sky was simple. If she could breathe so much life and passion into 800 word blog posts day after day, then I had to wonder what she could do with a full length book. Needless to say, I was not disappointed.

Stilson's book is a memoir of her late son, Zeke, the ev
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The author (E.C. Stilson) allows the reader to tag-along during what I consider to be one of the most painful experiences one can face: the loss of a son or daughter.

The book is well organized in a diary format--sharing entries that will make you want to laugh and cry.

Ms. Stilson is blessed with the talent to make the reader believe that you are listening to her tell the story while sharing a series of coffee breaks. Her ability to reflect on what appears to be discordant events and conservati
Lisa Vaughn
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Golden Sky is a heart breaking story of a very heavy adult situation happening to very young (barely) adults - in fact the worst circumstances I could ever imagine...losing a child. The story is told via the young mother's diary at the time, and is an interesting journey through her young eyes as she faces the challenges of having a sick child to begin with, then following her through the struggles that are inevitable.
My heart broke for this young couple, as I could almost predict the endin
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A poignant story that will have you smile, cry, and even laugh. Not my usual read, The Golden Sky is written journal style about the death of the author’s son and the events surrounding his short life, including her marital issues. After following Mrs. Stilson’s blog and her extremely personal style of writing I was drawn to her books. This book will break your heart and then stitch it up again. It’s a story of pain and the strength we find to overcome. Heartfelt and beautiful to the core, the d ...more
Catherine Johnson
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the journal of E C Stilson as she relives the very painful experience of losing a young child.

A very young E C marries Cade and they start their family with little Ruby. By nineteen, they are expecting a boy, Zeke. Their delight is quickly brought to sorrow as life throws them a curve-ball and Zeke has all sorts of problems and only lives to two months old.

E C writes just as she blogs with spirit and warmth. Her writing is sensational, she absolutely knows how to make you feel the story
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was recommended to me by a friend. This emotional journey through the vicissitudes of love and life is an engaging read that will remind you not to take the good things in life for granted. Often it's the simple things that help us endure the challenges we face as we go through life and this author succeeds in demonstrating that throughout her narrative. I am glad she was brave enough to share the raw thoughts and feelings she experienced as I know there is much to be gained from her t ...more
Fran Fischer
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Golden Sky is one of the most powerful books it has ever been my privilege to read. In the opening pages, she tore out my heart. Later, I felt that she kissed it, smiled & handed it back to me. This book is a MUST READ!
Tracy Gilson
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
EC Stilson shares her heartache at losing her son and husband. Her witty look on life and her faith take you into this hard time in her life. Thank you for this glimpse into your life during a hard time.
Dec 08, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a sad and honest book about a family that survives a tragedy. I won't soon forget this very personal memoir.
May 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Seems very self centered and narcissistic, fabrication galore! I would rather hear about the truth, what drugs you were on to cause birth defects of such magnitude!
Lynda Kelly
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very, very good true tale. Horribly sad in places, of course, as it deals with the death of the author's baby boy. He was called Zeke and I wonder how his name was pronounced, whether Zeek or Zeekee......I said Zeek to myself as I read it.
The author Elisa made me howl with laughter a lot of times in relating this despite the harrowing time she had. She has a terrific sense of humour.
For some reason there was a Back To Contents link on my Kindle at the end of each chapter. That was odd
Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read, although this should be number 3 in the trilogy and not number 1 as stated in the Goodreads description.
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EC Stilson has authored seven novels and one children’s picture book. Two of her novels, THE GOLDEN SKY and HOMELESS IN HAWAII, have become #1 best sellers on Amazon for women’s memoir. Since 2011, through fundraisers, book donations and national radio interviews, EC Stilson has helped raise thousands of dollars for organizations such as Angel Watch, Portneuf Medical Center, the Pregnancy Resource ...more
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