Coronavirus Reflections: Bitter or Better?

Read, reflect and respond.

2022 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award winner in the Body, Mind & Spirit category!

This book invites the reader to read, reflect and respond to the global pandemic of 2020 and successive months after by author Larada Horner-Miller.

Readers are encouraged to think about how the pandemic affected them and how they adapted. The book is intended to be used as a journal, a safe keeping place to revisit 2020. Larada Horner-Miller viewed the forced shelter in place as an opportunity for spiritual discoveries and renewed spiritual growth. The book incorporates what she learned during her year of solitude, a transformative process leading her to find a reconnection with her “God.” She struggled spiritually and emotionally. Her emotions ran deep from fear, struggle, and despair going deeper into her faith, ultimately making Horner-Miller a better, not a bitter person.


  • Themed chapters with poetry and prose add depth to the book.
  • The book is divided into chapters with content developed from the author’s blog over the years.
  • Each chapter begins with a carefully chosen thought provoking quote complementing the theme. Horner-Miller’s prose and poetry are creative and soul stirring. Both are extensions of the chapter’s theme.
  • Many of the poems deal with the anxiety and depict the universal struggles of uncertainty during this time. Readers will find them inspirational and comforting.
  • Reflective questions at the end of each chapter encourage reader participation to share their personal thoughts and stories as well as process hidden fears and concerns during time spent in quarantine.
  • Visit Larada Horner-Miller’s website


As a COVID 19 survivor and “long-hauler” Larada’s new book Coronavirus Reflections: Bitter or Better? resonated with my heart. Kathleen Brooks, Courage Coach, Master Certified Professional Life Coach, Speaker, Author

As a trauma-informed psychotherapist, I saw the year 2020 and the pandemic, as an opportunity for spiritual growth. Larada’s powerful prose and poetry brings depth in this book of encouraged self-reflection. The task is clear: read, write and connect! Ann Flosdorf, LCSW, MAEd, CEDS

Larada Horner-Miller has used these Quarantine Days to great advantage. Thoughtful and kind, and attentive, she uses poetry and prose to illustrate this experience of shut-down, isolation, and loss. She invites you to participate in a world of connection, life, and new beginnings. She helps us grieve and let go.
The time and effort spent in reading/reflecting/praying this book is time and effort well spent.
Fr. Thomas Weston, SJ, active in the recovery community since 1976, teaching and conference experience, Masters of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley

In this book Larada Horner-Miller offers us a spiritual journey – an invitation to remember your life as you lived through the Coronavirus pandemic. It will take you back and help you integrate that trauma, reflect on it, heal from it. Take your time with it; your life is precious. The Right Reverend Michael B Hunn, Bishop, The Diocese of the Rio Grande

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