Grieving God’s Way, Book Review

Grieving God’s Way: The Path to Lasting Hope and Healing
by Margaret Brownley

Margaret Brownley’s son died after a prolonged illness.  After three years of not writing a word, she wrote this lovely book, Grieving God’s Way: The Path to Lasting Hope and Healing, a 90-day devotional to help others facing grief and loss.grievinggodsway

It’s been seven years since my dad died and I haven’t experienced intense mourning since then.  And yet, this book ministered to me.  I found myself underlining beautiful quotes on each page and taking notes in my journal.

Her daily entries are short, perfect for those overwhelmed by emotion and unable to tackle long reading assignments.  She’s both highly practical and spiritually wise, giving encouragement and grace-filled challenges along the way, all from the perspective of someone who has been there herself.  Divided into four sections, the book addresses healing for the body, soul, heart and spirit.

I never expected to love this book as I much as I did.  I thought I’d read it quickly and then give it away, maybe to a hurting friend or the church library so others could enjoy it as a resource during their grief.  And yet, now I want to keep this copy for myself and buy copies for others.  As a resource for those suffering loss, it’s powerful.

But it’s also a great resource for friends, family members, and church leaders who are helping others through grief.  It’s the perfect opportunity to gain understanding, learn what to say and what not to say, what to do and what not to do.  Too often, we don’t really get it.  We say the wrong thing or fail to say anything at all.  We come on too strong or pull away too much.  We spew opinions about what grief should look like and how long it should last.  This book was a teaching tool for those of us who want to love others like Jesus and avoid the common pitfalls of clueless onlookers, observers of another’s sorrow.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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