I recently received a copy of Grieving God’s Way. I find myself curious about books like this, wondering how to help my friends through difficult times, especially when I have not experienced those things firsthand.
So please realize that I’m not really speaking from personal experience here.
However, the author is. Margaret Brownley, author of Grieving God’s Way, lost her oldest son to a lengthy illness. She grieved for three hard years – and then realized the opportunity God was giving her to write this book, to help others traveling through similar valleys of grief.
Grieving God’s Way is a 90-day devotional, with each day offering 1-2 relevant Scripture passages, a spiritual reflection, and a practical (or physical) application. Each day also offers a thought-provoking haiku (a short 17-syllable poem), written by Diantha Ain.
The book is divided into four major sections, which focus on the healing and growth of body, soul, heart, and spirit. Brownley’s own experience with grief comes through in each of these sections. She writes knowingly of the physical pain, the sleepless nights, the longing to remember. She offers practical suggestions like journaling through the grief, caring for someone or something else, and choosing to smile at the memories or photographs.
She takes it slow – after all, grief is not something to be lightly flung aside – but always purposefully moves the reader towards growth and healing. She also compares man’s way of grieving with God’s way. For example: man’s way is “numb rather than heal the pain” while God’s way is “heal through healthy choices.” And man’s way says that “time heals” while God’s way says that “faith heals.”
From what I gleaned, Grieving God’s Way seems to offer a biblical response to the sharp pain of loss. I would certainly offer the book to my own friends, if they were experiencing familial loss. And I’ll be keeping it on hand for that time in the future when, unfortunately, I’ll probably need it for myself.
QUESTION for YOU: Have you read the book during your own time of grief? Was it helpful? I’d love to hear your thoughts or opinions!
Disclaimer #1: I received this book for free in exchange for sharing an honest review.
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