Did you ever have a period of time in your life when the whole world crashed in on you? Rachael, the principal character in this book had such a time; an entire year of tragic events piled one upon the other. She finds strength and reassurance from the imagined voices of her never-born children. Her path leads her to write about relentless attacks on her spirit. Along the way she seeks solace from reading about others who have experienced similar loss. Rachael’s family and friends join her on this exploratory journey. They consider the written works that influence her life. That intellectual exercise morphs into an emotional and spiritual adventure. Perhaps the imagined voices are real.


Following a career in educational publishing and technology, Vincent James Vezza began writing a number of short stories. He uses the pseudonym of Jackson Badgenoone, pronounced Badge-no-one, for full-length works. In this new book, Neverborn, Jackson, is able to share the story of Rachael, a woman who deals with often-silenced issues of devastating loss, and extraordinary bereavement 


1. We all deal with loss at sometime in our lives. What are some ways you deal with grief? Help a friend deal with loss and the grieving process?

2. How do you deal with and/or help friends deal with the concept bad things happen to good people?

3. This is a novel that imagines the voices of the never-born. What do you think the story is about?

4. What do you think that our Lord was trying to reveal through Jeremiah 1:5, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you...."


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I think that the Lord was trying to tell us that He is a personal God who knows us intimately and wants a relationship with us. He is our creator and He wants to be our Lord as well. In looking at the rest of the verse, I think He knows what is ahead for us as well. 

Grief can be a different journey for each person. I reach out to the Lord. To help someone else, I usually just try to listen. Often there is little that I feel I can say but I can let them know I am there and praying for them. 

#1 A lot of this depends on the person I am with. Always I am just there. Sometimes it helps to ask questions to help draw them out. Sometimes just listening. Sometimes bringing a little cheer to their moment. But always before I go into this I pray for guidance. In my heart while I am with the person, I am praying for guidance and peace

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My way of dealing with grief is to keep going.  I am a private person and do not let others see me upset (if at all possible).  I have handled the loss of my father by using what he taught me to fix up our home.  I remember him fondly and miss him every single day.  It is best to just keep moving forward.  Wallowing does not help anyone.  The Dear Lord will see me through.

3. The voices of the never-born are those who have been aborted.

4.  We were created to worship the Lord. We are loved and our lives have meaning.

When it comes to grief I take my cues from people. I have learned through my own grieving how precious just listening to someone really is. Sometimes we want to let the person know we understand by sharing our own grief and We hijack their moments by making it about us. Unless the grieving person ask me about my own loss I just listen and if they want I will pray with them.

4. I believe that Jeremiah 1:5 is God's beautiful assurance that no matter what our life holds He is always there. None of us are mistakes. We make mistakes but our life itself is not a mistake. 

2. Life is hard. We all are called upon to go through trials. Even the most wonderful, almost-perfect people have trials they need to deal with. My faith in God and belief that "This, too, shall pass" helps get me through. Having others around to help you through the bad times helps, and likewise, being there for others through their trials can help them. Knowing others have gone through much the same thing helps.

God knew us from creation.

1. I tell people (and remind myself of this) to cry it out - let out the suffering. Don't hold it in! It helps so much to let it out. 


Cathy DeYoung

Your Name was Drawn.

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THANKS to everyone for making this a book fun place to be!

So excited! Thank you so much. This was a very generous gift from Mr. Vezza!


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