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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

REVIEW REDUX: Grieving God's Way by Margaret Brownley


Title: Grieving God's Way
Series: none
Author: Margaret Brownley
Published Date: Jan 24, 2004
Publisher: Winepress Publishing
Format: paperback
Pages: 320
ISBN-10: 1579216641
Copy provided by: Booksneeze
Genre: spirituality, grieving
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis: If It's been six months A year Two years (or more) And you still feel Depressed Joyless Lost Alone IFYou're afraid to tell anyone That you're still grieving For fear they'll think you're crazy If you feel the need to hide your feelings behind A smile . . . and try to pretend everything is okay . . .Then what you're feeling is perfectly normal. Did you know that it can take as long as five years or more for a person to adequately work through grief? But because we live in a fast-paced society, we often sweep grief under the rug, or ignore it altogether. Medical experts now know that unresolved grief can cause such health problems as headaches, depression, back pain, and even heart disease and cancer."Grieving God's Way" is a book made to order for the grieving spirit. It will help you gain new insight into the grieving process, gain more appreciation for friends and family, and come to understand God's plan for healing heart and soul. It may even help cure your back.

Review: I was given a copy of this book by Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review. This review is probably going to be one of the hardest for me to write. It was one of the hardest books for me to read. I kept having to put it down and walk away from it. I'm not a God person, and even though I went to a Catholic school most of my life, I've never read the Bible in its entirety. As I tell people, me and God, we're still working out our relationship. But the obvious religious overtone was not what made me put it down numerous times and walk away. You see, Christmas Eve this year will be two years since my uncle died. He raised me after my dad died when I was 13. He was in my life longer than my dad was. Uncle Jimmy had a relationship with God that was enviable. God was his best friend, but he wasn't a Bible-thumper, or a 5 times a day church-going wierdo. So I guess in reading this book, I was hoping that I would find some sort of solace. Instead, I found wounds that haven't healed yet that I thought had. Perhaps reading the book in daily increments as it should be read, will be easier. But trying to sit down and read it all in one or two sittings was just too hard. It brought back so many tears that I had hoped were already shed. So, if you've just lost someone, it's a good book. Just read it a little at a time.

   
 (Yeah, that's Uncle Jimmy and yours truly, circa 1980ish)

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