A Father's Journey from Heartbreak to Purpose
Advance praise for 
Sometimes the Rock Must Crumble 

Incredible, inspiring, no holds barred — a must-read for every father. This book is an 

amazing gift from a man who shares how his own gut-wrenching challenge can make 

other fathers, better fathers. Yes, sometimes the rock must crumble, and as Jess’ story 

shows, having a relationship with ‘The Rock’ makes all the difference.” 

— Chet R. Marshall, International Speaker, Author, and Coach 

“Sometimes the Rock Must Crumble offers rare and unique insight into the heart and 

mind of a grieving father working through the loss of a child. Unflinching and honest, this 

courageous account offers guidance and inspiration to other grieving parents and their 

family members during a devastating time.” 

— Brian Monteleone, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist 

“Sometimes the Rock Must Crumble is relevant not just to fathers who have lost a child, 

but to any man experiencing a loss of any kind. Intimate yet universal, this book shows 

how one man comes full circle through the grief and finds the strength to elevate his 

experience beyond the confines of his own personal pain.” 

— Keith Tyler, Fellowship of Christian Athletes   

“For any man experiencing grief, this book lets you know:  

You’re not alone. While men do grieve differently, and it is  

important to stand strong for one’s family, there comes a  

time when a man has to let himself break a little. Sometimes  

the Rock Must Crumble is an inspiring story of how one man  

dealt with the pain, rather than getting lost in it.” 

 — Rev. Roger Adams, Pastor, Crossroads Community Chapel 

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A  s men, we pride ourselves on being there for our loved ones. 
So did Jess Kuhl. Young and happily married, Jess was living the life he’d always wanted — and upholding the role he’d always strived to maintain:  to be “the rock” for his family. Little could Jess have imagined how much that role would be challenged.

On Labor Day weekend 

in September 2003, Jess and his wife, Mary, woke up to every parent’s worst 

nightmare: Their three-day-old daughter died suddenly and without warning. 

How was Jess supposed to respond? Was there room for “the rock” 

to crumble? 

This is the story of one man’s journey through the loss of a child, 
and the gut-wrenching questions he came to face. About himself. His 

marriage. His walk with God.

Whether you’re a man facing the loss of a 

loved one or someone looking to help a grieving father through the pain,  

this book is a must-read. Passionate and unflinchingly honest, Sometimes the Rock Must Crumble walks us through the darkness of grief only to bring 

us out onto the other side — to a place that’ll make you want to hug your loved ones just a little bit tighter. 

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