Faith prevails after child’s death in ‘Squinting to See the Rainbow’

Six-year-old Benji Easler of Gaffney died in 2011 when an amusement train ride in a public park derailed and tumbled onto a boulder-lined creek bed.

The story of Benji’s death shook the Upstate of South Carolina. Local newscasts led with stories about the tragedy for the next several days. Benji’s parents, Dwight and Tabitha, were interviewed by reporters and spoke about their faith in Christ in the midst of their loss. Well-wishers from across the state and from outside South Carolina sent condolences.

Benji Easler

But then the TV lights were turned off, and the world moved on, and the Easlers — Benji’s parents, his two older brothers (who suffered broken limbs and lacerations in the accident) and a sister born just weeks after her brother’s death — settled in to grieve the loss of their “delightful, loud and beautiful” Benji.

“Squinting to See the Rainbow: Trusting the Promises of God in Our Darkest Days” is Dwight and Tabitha Easler’s raw and honest account of their family’s journey from unspeakable loss to profound gratitude for God’s faithful presence and comfort.

Dwight said he and his wife wrote the book so that readers might know they can “have hope and live by faith even when nothing makes sense” around them.

Dwight and Tabitha Easler with their three children.

Tabitha describes “a palpable quietness in the house” in the days after Benji’s death, “not just the absence of noise, so much, but the acute and overwhelming awareness that something of vital importance was missing.”

But she also speaks of God’s “protective shield” during her time of loss: “As I trusted Him to get me through those first minutes, hours and days, He faithfully supplied what I needed. Day after heartbreaking day … He was faithfully there, sprinkling His grace through a Scripture verse, a song, a once-forgotten memory resurfacing, or an understanding word or smile.”

“Squinting to See the Rainbow” (Courier Publishing, $15.95) is available from, and other online booksellers. The authors are available to speak and can be contacted by email at

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