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GETTING TO KNOW:
Lives in: Nashville
Husband: Todd Smith,
vocalist for Selah
The “sacred dance of joy and grief” is an
apt descriptor not only of the realizations
surrounding the death of her daughter, Audrey,
and the emotional aftermath, but author Angie
Smith realizes it’s a metaphor everyone can relate
to. The unexpected line resonates from Smith’s
striking book, I Will Carry You, a journey through a
mother’s personal confusion, grief and loss.
CCM: You describe that grief as a dance and
I love that analogy. Have you found others
attaching themselves to that analogy?
Angie: Thank you. I’m sure I’m not the ﬁ rst to
have made that analogy, but I do ﬁ nd that it
resonates as a description of what people feel
when going through trials like this. It came from
a section in my book that talked about attending
the baby shower of a dear friend a few days after
we received Audrey’s diagnosis. She was also
expecting a baby girl, and when we bowed as a
group to pray for her, I heard all of the women
just crying because here we were praying for the
health of one girl and recognizing the fact that
another stomach held one that wouldn’t need all
the baby bottles and blankets.
I thought to myself at that time, 'Joy and
grief have no right to dance together like this.'
My editor thought that sentence stood out as
a description of the whole time period so we
made it the subtitle.
CCM: What's the hope for you going forward for
this particular project?
Angie: My hope is that people will see the heart
I have for the Lord and that seeing the journey
I have been on will make them curious about
Jesus. It wasn’t easy to write this book and the
Lord knows my heart. He was with me while
I cried in the corner of a coffee shop and He
continued to lift my head and press on. I have
to believe it is because He sees the glory He will
get from it and I’m resting in the hope that He
has given me. I am blessed beyond words to be
a part of this little girl’s life and I can’t wait to
tell her that face-to-face one day.
— Matt Conner
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Well Educated: Angie holds a
Master’s degree in Developmental
Psychology from Vanderbilt
Other Children: Abby and Ellie
(twins, age 7), Kate (age 4)