Defiant Joy In the Midst of Suffering || Allie interviews her dear friend Kate Merrick. Kate is a writer, speaker, mama of a teen and a toddler. She has been married to Britt for 19 years, and they live in Carpinteria, California. They founded the Reality family of churches, birthed in the heart of a tiny beach town in an old lemon packing factory. In our deep and humorous conversation, Kate shares about two gritty women of the Bible and offers some hard-hitting advice for those trapped in a sea of comparison and Instagram posts. In 2013, Kate endured the death of her daughter, Daisy Love, after suffering through cancer treatment for three and a half years. She blogged through that time at, then went off the grid for 3 years. Currently Kate is making her way back toward joy, and her first book And Still She Laughs releases March 7, 2017.


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