A story of loss, pain, and faith.
The tragic and sudden loss of Karen Gruden’s twenty-one-year-old daughter, Taylor, ushered in a heartbreaking period of darkness for the grieving mother. Days, months, and years of deep grief and pain left Karen apathetic to life, to the point of merely existing.
But to Karen’s surprise, her shattered heart became the starting point for a new journey with God. Aware of God’s presence during those dark days and mindful that He was her invisible, ever-present lifeline, Karen’s small faith gradually began to grow, ultimately and beautifully healing and sustaining her. God showed up by extending the grace that was needed and even showed her miracles, gifts, and tender mercies throughout the healing process.
Never Alone chronicles Karen Gruden’s transformation from brokenness to wholeness—from believer to fully devoted follower of Jesus. No longer defined by tragedy, Karen shares her emotional and inspiring story of beauty from ashes, emerging on the other side of grief with strength, purpose, and joy.
"God understands like no other. Only he has the power, grace, love, and mercy to heal our broken hearts."
A look inside, Never Alone
Karen Gruden is an author and a talented graphic designer, spending more than twenty-five years in the graphics industry. With a bachelor of fine arts from Bradley University, she has illustrated books, greeting cards, CD covers, logos, and magazines. Her background includes both freelance and corporate work and spans various roles, including production manager, art director, designer, editor, and proofreader. Karen has two children, one of whom lives in heaven with the Lord. Her son is married and lives close by. She has three grandchildren. Karen and her husband, Jim, reside in the Chicago area.