"It wasn’t a story that I necessarily wanted to tell anyone specifically, but I needed to share it with the universe," said Hall.
When the story was selected to appear in the new Chicken Soup series, Hall said she had mixed emotions. She was happy to have the story published but with that joy came the fear and vulnerability of having such a personal story out in the world.
When taken with the many other stories of miracles, answered prayers and other life changing events, Hall's story seems right at home.
There is the story of a woman who was led from a burning car to safety by a stranger that only she could see. The mom who sent her daughter a quirky message from heaven in a box of earrings. Or the unemployed college graduate who asked God for a sign that his life was on the right track and got a very literal answer.
Each story offers a quick look at the real things that happen every day in the lives of real people and serves as a reminder that good things can happen when we need them the most.
Hall said she is still struggling to make sense of the losses she has experienced this past year, but she is focused on cherishing and nurturing the relationships she does have in her life. She hopes the book will help others who may be going through their own battles to find some strength in knowing that they are not alone.
"If nothing else there is comfort in reading stories of people who have walked through the same kind of struggles that someone else may be walking though, to be able to know that you are not the only one who has been through this. This is part of the human experience," Hall said.