Confessions of a Lip Reading Mom

Shanna GrovesConfessions

As Shanna Groves held her newborn son, she should have reveled in the joys of motherhood. But instead of hearing sounds she once took for granted — the doorbell, smoke alarms, baby cries — all she heard was silence. Then the buzzing started — the sound of locusts filling her head. What was wrong with her and most importantly, how could she care for her newborn son, if she couldn’t even hear him cry? In Confessions of a Lip Reading Mom, Shanna Groves shares her struggle to find God’s grace during her roller coaster ride of unexplained deafness. No matter the struggles you’re facing, Shanna’s honesty in sharing her emotional battle with a progressive hearing loss diagnosis, will inspire you to reach out for your heavenly Father’s hand…and hang on tight.

Retail Price: $13.99 (plus S/H)
Release Date: March 2013
Page Count: 212
Size: 5.25″ x 8″
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-936501-11-3


Shanna GrovesSHANNA GROVES is the author of Confessions of a Lip Reading Mom, the story of how she dealt with her hearing loss, and Lip Reader. She co-founded the Hearing Loss Association of America’s Kansas City Chapter in 2009. In addition to speaking to groups, she has written for Hearing Loss Magazine,, The Kansas City Star, MOMSense magazine, and A Cup of Comfort books. A graduate of the University of Sciences and Arts of Oklahoma, Shanna holds a degree in Communication. She writes extensively about being a hard of hearing parent on her blog

“The confessions she reveals will have you nodding along with a smile and a laugh.” — Karen Putz, author of The Parenting Journey, Raising Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

“For those learning to live with hearing loss themselves, this book will be a “page turner” and encouragement to you that what you are experiencing is not unique. For those who do not have a hearing loss, this book will give you insight into what a life is like when hearing loss challenges the very best of us. Sit back and get comfortable. I am confident this book will entertain, educate, and encourage you.”  — Denise Portis, owner and writer of

“Groves has written a story so powerful and endearing that it helps readers to step one bit closer to embracing the journey God has set out for us, and helping us to understand how to grow closer to Him along the way.” — Dawn Colclasure,

“A poignant story of love and loss…I felt like I was inside the author’s head, feeling the same emotions, experiencing the same anxieties. Confessions of a Lip Reading Mom is a true story of tribulation and triumph.” — Rachel McCallum, writer and co-founder of Hear YA Now

Shanna Bartlett Groves is a beautiful writer; her prose flows like melted butter as she opens up her deepest emotions — loving and raw — to the reader. I started Confessions of a Lip Reading Mom with the expectation that it would be a story about life with hearing loss.  Yet her growing deafness is just one thread in a very full and rich life, albeit a thread that makes communication difficult.  And Shanna Groves is, above all, a communicator. Anyone reading  [this book] will come away with a deeper understanding of what it means to be a woman with a disability living in the real world, and meeting that world head-on. — Gael Hannan,

Shanna opens her heart to many things she once overlooked. Not only the sounds of things we all take for granted, but also relationships between her and other family members and God. Shanna brings her vision to life with every detail she expresses. That is how I felt as I was reading this book. I gripped the book eager to continue curious what would be at the beginning of each page I reached. Deaf Insight definitely recommends you add Confessions of a Lipreading Mom to your must read list! You get to see what steps she takes to accept God into her life and accepting her hearing loss. I confess I truly enjoyed this book and hope many people get the chance to experience it.  — Monica Hood, founder of Deaf Insight

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“It isn’t easy being a mother. But it is even harder to be a mother that doesn’t hear. Shanna tells some of the pitfalls and problems through her real-life stories as a lip reading Mom.” – Lynne,

“With poignant reminders of how difficult it is to be hearing-impaired in a noisy world, Groves has given us insights into her struggles. She bares her soul and reveals the vulnerable place where she grieves for her sister while finding joy in a surprise pregnancy. Even if you’re not hearing-impaired, this book is a must read.” – RJ Thesman,