News and Reviews

 The book can be purchased at the following Calgary bookstores:

Ambrose University Bookstore: 403.410.2939

Appleseed Bookstore: 403.520.1241

Cornerstone Marketplace:  403.212.8846

Indigo Signal Hill:  403.246.2221


Upcoming Events – TBA



New & Notable:

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Guest speaker at the weekly Calgary Leadership Prayer Breakfast. My theme was Remembrance, with a reflective look at personal battles as well as the miracle at the Battle of Dunkirk. Prayer was a key factor.

June 17, 2018

I received a wonderful note and photos from Ayesha, representing her kindred loved ones as “First Daughters.” They now have books in their hands. May this book add blessing to their own personal experiences of loss and restoration.  It is unique in its story-telling format, with a succinctness that allows for a strong expression of emotion.  Several of my readers have recommended Nightfall to Daybreak to their book clubs.



  Past Events

Thursday, August 9, 2018 – Ambrose University Bookstore

I celebrated Book Lovers Day at the Ambrose University Bookstore along with two other Calgary authors (pictured here with Kim Clarke).  It’s a great bookstore with a lot of heart!  Check it out.  Thank you Colleen McCubbin (Store Manager) for making me feel so welcome.



Saturday, June 9, 2018 – Indigo Books Signal Hill, Calgary

Many thanks to those who came by.  Wonderful to catch up with some friends I haven’t seen in a long time! With this being a book to help move the healing along in those broken-hearted, I am grateful for the profound conversations and the trust that people have extended to me as they share their own stories and healing journeys.  I have learned a lot from them.



Saturday, May 12, 2018 – Chapters Shawnessy, Calgary

What incredible interaction with people!  Divine appointments to have had some of the conversations I had.  So special to connect with a special high school friend of Davis’, Lauren, after these years.  I am absolutely full of blessings right now!  Thanks to those who came by and happy to have met some new supporters.



Saturday, April 21, 2018 – Calgary, AB

Welcomed back again at Fratello Coffee Roasters for a Book Signing and Reading.  Deep and meaningful discussions followed. Heartfelt thanks to those who were there!



Sunday, December 3, 2017 – Calgary, AB

Book signing and reading at a private residence.  It was a very profound time together with a meaningful Q & A that followed.  Utterly amazing time together!  Such gratitude for the support for the book.



Friday, December 1, 2017 – Calgary, AB

Invited as the guest speaker for the Annual Ladies Christmas Tea – Bonavista Church.  I shared a message of hope in a hurting world that incorporated excerpts from the book.  It was a sell-out crowd of lovely ladies and a very successful and enjoyable fund-raising evening!  Loved it!



Saturday, November 18, 2017 – Calgary, AB

Book signing and reading at Fratello Coffee Roasters Cafe.  I am so grateful for the large turnout who came out to support and to pick up a signed copy of the book.  So many good conversations followed the reading.  Fratello staff were excellent hosts!  Thank you all!



Thursday, November 16, 2017 – Calgary, AB

Book signing and reading at a private residence.  Thank you, Ron and Alison, for hosting a superb evening with such a great turn-out.  There was a very meaningful Q & A that followed.  Death and dying need so much more discussion!



November 4, 2017 – Sherwood Park, AB

Standing room only crowd at the book signing!  Thanks to all who turned out and so generously supported.  The snow did not deter!  Erica, Dan and staff at the Cafe Haven were so accommodating… so appreciative!



October 21, 2017 – Victoria, BC

What a wonderful time at the book signing and reading at the Ophir Place Hospitality Suite!  Thanks to all the bravehearts who came out in the driving rain.



September 22, 2017 – Kananaskis Country

I was invited to present my book at the PACCP Conference.  It was very well-received with many books signed.  What a joy to have this book in the hands of professionals who bring hope and healing!



Praise for Nightfall to Daybreak

April 5, 2019

“This book truly touched the heart.  It is meant for healing. I’ve read through it again and again.  It’s timeless.  Thank you!” ~ M.M.

November 28, 2018

Beautiful written by an amazing mother! I have had the honour of being one of Jim Walls’ students at FEO in the past and what a kind, caring, god-fearing couple. I enjoyed reading it very much!  ~ J. K.

September 26, 2018

“I just finished reading your wonderful masterpiece and I am overcome with emotion – tears flow down my face.  Your words are so eloquently written, so real, raw, and honest.  I have marked many of the pages to come back to over and over, to re-read and ponder the wise words and profound messages.  You made me reflect intimately on the losses I have had and grieved over all these years.”  ~  T.S.

September 22, 2018

“I had trouble reading more than a few pages at a time as it’s so intensely emotional.  It’s a wonderful book, so well written.” ~ L. M.

September 3, 2018

“You are an incredibly gifted writer!” ~ K.R.

August 6, 2018

“A parishioner gave me your book, and inwardly, I groaned. Books from parishioners to pastors are so often poorly written, maudlin, and full of terrible theology.
But your book, _Nightfall to Daybreak_ was the exact opposite!
You share so deeply, and articulate your grief journey with such honesty and clarity, I am in awe. Thank you.
I look forward to sharing additional copies of your book with parishioners who are on their own grief journeys. I say “additional copies” because I intend to keep this one!
May God bless you in your grief work, and may God be with you in your future writing endeavors.” ~ Pastor B.E.

July 24, 2018

“Your book is a wonderful memorial. I am, reading it now. It is so well written, so moving, so insightful, so beautiful; a labor of love which will benefit many other people. Thank you!” ~ Connie B.

June 10, 2018

“This book is everything! Every time I pick it up I learn a new life lesson!” ~ Ann P.

May 26, 2018

“Very well done.” ~ S.B.

May 15, 2018

“I read your book in about 5 hours on Sunday afternoon.  I couldn’t put it down!  It was so well written; from the heart, so authentic and raw.  Thank you for pouring out your heart and life and emotions so that others can be encouraged.  I loved that it was segmented into memories and moments.  Sometimes a person does not have the focus to read a book that has unending pages of words.” ~ Cathy K.

April 16, 2018

“One of the most memorable and significant books I have ever read.  Couldn’t put it down!  Thank you.”

~ Sharon D.

Mar. 19, 2018

“I sat down last night and read your book cover to cover!  I just loved your writing style and also the lateral structuring of the book.  I was so touched with everything about the book… The power of your words held me to the end. You conveyed your pain and loss with so much light and hope, straight from the heart… This book will, no doubt, touch many hearts!” ~ Helena H.

Jan. 17, 2018

“I want to thank you for taking the time to pen the thoughts of your heart to paper and then to publish those words so others could share in their beauty.” ~ Kelly L.

Dec. 23, 2017

“My husband and I just finished reading your book.  You are a great writer… Thank you for sharing your heart and soul with the world.  May many be blessed and encouraged by your bravery.” ~ Charlotte R.

Dec. 21, 2017

“The sensitivity and profound insight into the journey of loss is so openly and courageously expressed in this book. It gives honest expression from a place of brokenness, shares tender memories from the life shared, and reminds us to have hope. While the old adage ‘time heals’ is true in many events of life, I loved the permission this book gives, that suffering of any kind is not a linear experience. A gift for all to read, that brilliantly expresses the fullness of Love!!” ~ Carolynn T.

Dec.19, 2017

“Oh my gosh, this book is so hard to read and yet so hard to put down.  It is full of true life, love, pain, and the beauty of hope and faith… thank you!” ~ Arlene P.

Dec. 8, 2017

“…your book will draw me back again and again.  I really love the style of your book and writing. I’m being totally honest when I say it’s the best book on this subject out there that I’ve read, but it is and I’ve read a stack of loss/grieving books…”  ~ Gen H.

Dec. 3, 2017

“WOW!  What a great & well-written book.  A must read for anyone who has suffered through a similar loss.  May God richly bless you for sharing your story.”  ~ Ray L.

Nov. 20, 2017

“Wonderful event!  I was deeply moved by your reading at the book-signing.” ~ Julie M.

Nov. 20, 2017

“Thank you again for the invitation to your book signing event on Saturday.  Your ability to speak (and write) so eloquently about your family’s tragic loss is truly inspiring. I really admire your strength and compassion for others. Thank you for all that you have given to those around you…” ~ Jessica 

Nov.18, 2017

“…listening to you tell the story deeply touched my soul…”  ~ Caron B.

Nov.7, 2017

“What a tribute of a Mother’s love for her son. Such depth of understanding and vulnerability in the brokenness and weeping in and through the excruciating pain.”  ~ Ruth E.

Nov. 5, 2017

“Your perseverance, strength, compassion and humility is admirable.  If you’d like a good read on overcoming loss along with some beautiful heartfelt writing, check out Sally’s book.” ~ Maureen F.

Nov. 5, 2017

“You are a fantastic storyteller, and I felt like I was in the same room with you and we were having a conversation… So well done, Sally… I’m going to read it multiple times… I believe this will be a book that keeps on giving.”  ~ Donna R.

Nov. 1, 2017

“…I read it from start to finish.  Admittedly, I cried through the majority of it…it is heartbreaking and beautiful.  I appreciate your insight, your words, your faith.”  ~ Shannon A.

Oct.30, 2017

“[This book] is a gift to anyone who suffers such a loss, but also to people who love those who have experienced the loss of a child.  Thank you for sharing so honestly.”  ~ Sally C.

Oct. 25, 2017

“Oh, what a great book! I shed some tears.  It is beautifully written.”  ~ Ray M.

October 12, 2017

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Nightfall to Daybreak

Sally Walls

ISBN  978177202953-5

It’s every parent’s nightmare. That knock on the door, opened only to find a police officer on the other side. “Your son has just been killed,” he says. In an instant your world comes crashing down. What do you do?

Sally Walls’ new book, Nightfall to Daybreak, deals with that question on a very personal level. Sally can speak with authority because she has lived through the most difficult circumstances a mother can ever deal with, the death of a child.

Walls’ story is shared in two parts. Nightfall shares a poignant, yet sensitive picture of her son, Davis. Davis, the miracle baby, Davis, the track star, Davis the teen approaching manhood. Each story is woven with love and pain. We must all face loss at some point in our lives and loss is accompanied by pain. Yet, through the stories the author weaves quotes, scripture and statistics that while they do not dismiss the pain of loss, they help provide strength to cope.

The second part of Nightfall to Daybreak is devoted to daybreak. These stories are different. They are filled with encouragement. Encouragement received from others, encouragement received from God. These are still memories, but this time the memories are examples. Examples of how to move forward. They give the reader hope.

Loss is inevitable. Whether it’s a child, parent, or spouse, losing someone is tough. But Sally Walls demonstrates that you can move beyond the grief, the loss, the unrealized dreams. Mourning will and can bring the light of dawn. Sally is a living example. And she has chosen to share that with others, to offer a glimpse of the breaking sun pouring rays of hope into our hearts. I encourage you to read this book.

Maybe you’ve not experienced that knock on the door. Maybe you never will. But you might know someone that has or will. Nightfall to Daybreak is an excellent resource for churches, counselors, and libraries. It will shed rays of light into the darkness of life.

– Book Review by Gerry Wakeland

“Sally Walls’ journey of heart-breaking loss and her determination to navigate a path towards restoration is inspirational. This book shares the enduring love of a mother’s heart that lives beyond the grave, and the grace of God that sustained her. Not only is this a tribute to her son, it is also a companion for those who are grieving and for those who are travelling alongside them.”  ~ Jacqueline Nadworny • Fresh Insites Counselling


“Suffering touches the deep places of our soul. Writing is a tool many use to reach those depths… These reflections of Sally Walls concerning the loss of her son Davis will help others find some of what they need to express in order to find their way as they journey into and through abject human suffering.”  ~ Rev. Robert Glasgow • Soul Connection Counselling and Support Centre


October 10, 2017

“Great job on this book!  I really enjoyed reading it.  Thanks for sharing and giving me so much.”  ~ Barbara D.

October 5, 2017

“What a beautiful gift for everyone who reads this book!  God’s love is amazing and shines through the author’s words.  Oh, the hope and the encouragement!  I so appreciate the truthfulness and how much I felt when I was reading it.”  ~ Joanne B.




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by Liz Mackie on Blank Product Name
Nightfall to Daybreak

A powerful and profound read. I purposely read it slowly, reading each word, as I knew each and every word was chosen intentionally. Sally’s book isn’t a flowing novel about her life, as one may expect. It is a series of rapid , intense and poignant snap shots into her life of tragedy and pain. It is almost a collection of very short, small stories with tremendous impact to the reader. Each one is captivating. Many made me gasp. In her attempt to explain the deep suffering of the loss of her beloved son, Davis , she does not evoke sympathy but rather offers a window into the broken soul and what that looks like in very real day to day life. She invites us, the reader, to walk alongside her through those dark times. Nothing is sugarcoated. It is hard. But she doesn’t leave us there.... The joy of hope and the beauty of life come with such tender, slow, and deliberate rebuilding of her soul and spirit.I cherish this book’s message. Having worked with children with cancer for over twenty years, I have walked through some very sad times with dear families . How I wish I had a resource like this over those years of befriending bereaved parents! Sally’s transparency is almost startling at times, and her words of advice and ideas of how you can help are both practical and creative.The message I hear from so many parents who have lost a child to cancer, is the hope that their child will never be forgotten. Sally’s book reinforces that truth to all its readers. It’s an important message for each of us.

by Cathy Fero on Blank Product Name

Sally Walls does an amazing job of breaking our hearts and letting us feel some of the pain she endured losing Davis and the devastating impact on the other 3 Walls. After we share many tears, she then shows us the glimmers of light as hope begins to bring her back to life and helps us believe that there is daybreak after the long nightfall. What truly hit me was the realization that major events do have a profound effect on changing who we are through the chapters of our lives, often making us more compassionate. How can we possibly be the same person we used to be?

by Annie T on Blank Product Name
Nightfall to Daybreak

In reading Nightfall to Daybreak, one hears the voice of a heart broken mother and a courageous poet. Sally Walls bravely shares her story of suddenly losing her beloved son, and what her journey of grief has felt like. Pain can be so shattering to a heart, and Sally has cleverly written her book as a mosaic of story fragments, pulled together; her narration parallels the heart experience. Sally's work is courageous in its vulnerability and authenticity. Her words spoke to me as I have also experienced loss and grief (though in different ways), and allowed me the precious gift of hearing what is most helpful (and not helpful) to those grieving the loss of a child.

by C. Kokot on Blank Product Name
Nightfall To Daybreak

I read your book in about 5 hours on Sunday afternoon. I couldn't put it down. It was so well written; from the heart; so authentic and raw. Thank you for pouring out your heart and life and emotions so that others can be encouraged. I loved that it was segmented into memories and moments. Sometimes a person does not have the focus to read a book that has unending pages of words. I thought this was sensitive to the grief journey that so many go through.

by Genevieve Hendrickson on Blank Product Name
Nightfall to Daybreak

Thank you Sally for this beautifully written, poignant and succinct book on surviving our darkest hours of nightfall. Because we LOVE, we will all at one time or other have to endure the unbearable dark hours of death. Your story, the excerpts and your insightful research on stats, etc are inspiring and bring hope and healing to our brokenness. I, too, look forward to the daybreak when the last enemy 'death' is destroyed, when there will be no more mourning nor crying nor pain and we will be together again with all those who have gone on ahead - what a longing! I also feel blessed and comforted in our divine personal connection which resulted from our tragedies which, indeed, was no coincidence.

by Colleen J. on Blank Product Name
Nightfall to Daybreak

Reading this book felt like a journey for me. Sally's words are a mother's heart poured onto paper and help us to understand the loss of a child and her determination to move her and her family through the unimaginable grief. It is raw and honest in the most loving way.

Nightfall to Daybreak

Highly recommend that you purchase and read this book. Sally’s book contains a powerful, moving message that will resonate with anyone who has experienced a loss. Purchase the book and share the book and it’s message with your friends.