Donna Berger lived a balanced life of faith, family, friends and her career as a nurse anesthetist until one hot summer day in August of 1989 when her life was torn apart. That day an impaired driver crashed into her parked car killing her husband, Gerry, their three children, Dawn (8), Stephen (6), and Michael (3); and leaving Donna fighting for her life in a burn intensive care unit.
Clinging to life and to Romans 8:28, ‘And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them’, Donna chose to not count her faith amongst her many losses and to instead trust in the Lord to get her through her sorrow. Through that agonizing journey, the Lord has been steadfast in His love and faithfulness.
Just days after that accident, while Donna’s fate was still uncertain, her husband Gerry’s best friend, John Berger, came to her bedside. He was moved powerfully by the Lord during that encounter, and while he was not completely sure she could hear or understand him, he whispered in her ear the promise that if she lived, he would take care of her.
Today, Donna is a passionate witness to the presence of Jesus in her life and speaks about living a full life after loss. She is an author/blogger and is working to get her first book, Through it All, published. Donna also has the privilege of leading 14 plus “sisters” in Bible Study.
Donna lives with her husband, John, in Florida where they enjoy their morning coffee, walking the beach, a glass of great wine, and entertaining family and friends who come to visit. She and John also travel frequently to visit their daughter, Meredith, who lives in the Washington, D.C. area, their son, Christian, who lives in New York City, and Donna’s step-daughter, Laura, who lives in San Diego.
Will Searcy is the co-author of Through It All and a regular blogger on the website. When he is not writing, he is teaching religion to middle school students, coaching flag football or basketball, and most importantly, filling his vocation as husband to Amber and father to Tripp, Bennett, and Luke.
Will is eternally grateful for Jesus’s gift of love and salvation, and he tries to hear God’s voice and follow His will in his life. On this blog, you can follow along with Will’s Christian journey. Among the items of discussion will be the Bible, family, sports, movies, books, popular culture, and how God can sometimes be discovered hidden behind a secular world.
Meredith Berger is a blog contributor and the daughter of the author, Donna Berger. Meredith has experience as an opinion columnist for two student-body newspapers and has been published on various online platforms. A follower of Christ and a lover of words, she is thrilled to be a part of the Through It All team, further developing both her faith and her writing.
Meredith is a graduate from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce (MS ’17), and works in government affairs in Washington D.C.