She Went Ahead: A Mother’s Story


The true and moving story of one Christian family’s journey through grief.
“A powerful and moving book.”
The true story of the events surrounding the death of 9-year-old Nicola Gatting, and her Christian family's journey through the dark valley of grief.

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The true and moving story of one Christian family’s journey through grief.

Ruth, Dave and their three children were a happy, contented family. In early 1987 they sensed God telling them that they needed to trust Him more deeply, because of what was ahead of them. It sounded ominous, and Dave thought that something was going to happen to one of the children, but they didn’t dwell on that.
Just a few months later, Nicola fell at school and broke her arm. What seemed a minor accident rapidly turned into a nightmare, as Nicola went into a feverish, delirious state and was rushed into surgery. She never regained consciousness, and within five days of the accident she had died. It was the beginning of a journey the family did not want to take – a journey of deep grief.
Through this time, Ruth remembered what God had said earlier. As she leaned on Him in her distress she found that she was able to trust God to carry her through this dark valley, and have the faith to believe that eventually He would bring good out of this terrible tragedy.

Additional information

Weight 0.13 kg
Dimensions 15.2 × .4 × 22.9 cm



Ruth Gatting







Publication Date

1st March 2018

2 reviews for She Went Ahead: A Mother’s Story

  1. Mathew Bartlett

    On a par with C.S. Lewis’s “A Grief Observed”, this book presents a raw and honest insight into personal and family grief. A welcome and significant addition to the literature and understanding of bereavement.

    David Chawner, Former member of Cruse Bereavement Care National Counselling Committee.

  2. Mathew Bartlett

    This powerful, moving book offers an honest portrait of grief and of God’s grace through pain. Ruth Gatting’s writing never flinches from the devastation that the loss of her daughter, Nicki, brought the family and how God’s love, strength and provision lead them to a place where they were able to use their own experiences to support and love others through the hardest of losses. A heart-breaking but also heart-building book that should be read by anyone experiencing loss, going through a difficult period or for those who want to discover how better to help and support others.
    Laura Maisey, Oxford, Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing

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