Firstly I was disappointed that this is a 90-day devotional and not an actual book, but that was my own fault. I've only read the first two days and so far I am pretty disappointed. She started talking about how depression is probably because our bodies need more oxygen and talking about how we're breathing the same molecules as famous people from the past so we should take a deep breath and "breathe in a little bit of Shakespeare". It seems a little weird to me and does not sound Biblically based, despite the fact that she is peppering in some Bible verses here and there. My daughter just died; I don't need to "breathe in a little Shakespeare"; I need actual Biblical guidance on how to get through this. I don't like this book.
This devotional book receives my highest rating, even though I hate the title. Any time you tell me you are doing something "God's way" I get suspicious! However, novelist Margaret Brownley has written so beautifully and helpfully on the topic of grief that I will forgive her this once. Her words are filled with the poignant flavor of personal experience which she gained after the death of her eldest son. It must be this personal quest toward God in the midst of suffering which makes such a profound impact.
This is a short book which can be read quickly and returned to many times over. In addition to the 90 days of devotional readings, Ms. Brownley provides a wealth of practical advice and creative outlets for the pain of losing a loved one. As she succinctly notes, "the needs to change, grow, seek and create are all signs of healing" (p. 195). They are also means to healing, and there is no lack of helpful, hopeful opportunities here. I have used some of her suggestions already in my counseling practice, and I would recommend it for the friends of those who grieve, too. I will be buying multiple copies to give away, and it wouldn't surprise me if you found yourself doing the same thing.
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This book was sent to me as a gift after losing our 15 year old in a ATV accident. I personally feel that this has been the best devotional I have found that gives real tangible advice on how to take care of yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually. I now buy it and share it with others who lose someone close. Very well written and such a great help in my journey with grief.
I give books to people I love, rather than flowers. That is how I try to express my feelings to the survivor, rather than paying a Florist a high price for a bunch of dead flowers that can only be observed for a day. I think Grieving God's Way, The Path to Lasting Hope can do more for the recovery of a broken heart than a floral arrangement.
This book is awesome! I purchased book for my mom from store and downloaded this one to my kindle. We just lost my dad the first part of November and I thought it would be helpful in getting through the grieving process. The book really explains exactly what we are going through. It has been very good and helpful! Includes a lot of scripture, which has been very uplifting in a time of sorrow.