I felt somewhat guilty giving this book only two stars because essentially it's not a bad book at all. It's just very, very depressing. The author's traumatic experience is like nothing I can imagine, so I admire him for being able to share his story. I lost my husband unexpectedly in January of 2019 and although it was the most horrible thing that has happened to me, this book is really geared toward those who have experienced catastrophic loss. That being said, this book really didn't provide much help to me and although I do feel for the author's pain, I didn't get very far into it. Hopefully it will help others, though.
This is a moving and deep book about grief. The author never resorts to platitudes or feeling sorry for himself. He simply tells his story--what it is like to experience tremendous loss, how he dealt with it and how it changed him. Anyone who has experience loss--even of a lesser magnitude--will find this book resonates. You are never the same and you need people to understand that. His understanding of how a loving God and a fallen world play into horrific occurrences is very helpful and insightful for suffering people. Highly recommend it.
This is the BEST book on dealing with any loss--from death, divorce, unemployment, rape, dreams, physical or mental disablement, to a long-term loss of health---anything causing a loss of hope, security and sense of self and the "normalcy" of life.
G.L. Sittser is able to be totally open with us and succinctly describes the thoughts and emotions of his life before the car accident and after. His ability to expose the crazy and yet "normal" thoughts and reactions give those on the outside guidance to understanding. And those readers who have or are struggling to regain normalcy have both the challenge and the hope that there is no regaining of the old normal; only the facing of the new life and the acceptance that the pain will always be a part of their new selves.
This is not a downer of a book; it is comforting, purging and hope-filled. I am buying several copies.
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