This was the first book I could read after the tragic death of my college age son. When I could not sleep I would read/or listen to this book. Knowing that he was able to make it to the other side of the valley of death, gave me some small glimpse of light, in a very dark time of my life.
A friend recommend this book to me, after I lost my wife to Alzheimer's. I had felt a change in me as I began to emerge from my grief, but I couldn't explain the change. This book nailed it, the Holy Spirit in me had expanded and I could feel it in my chest.
I was so taken by what it told me, that I taught a three week class on it at church and provided a copy of the book to each person who attended. I had seventeen attend.
Although it seems like this isn't a particularly well known book when I ask others if they have read it, I think it is one of the best books addressing grief available.
Someone had recommended it to me and I happened to end up reading it not long before someone close to me died. Although my education is in the counseling field, and I have read numerous books on grief, as well as walked through the loss of many others close to me prior, I was grateful to have just read Sittser's book.
I was grateful I had read this prior to that particular death, though, as I think reading the extent of the loss that Sittser walked through might have been difficult when in the middle of processing your own grief.
However it is a book to return to over and over, whether you've lost someone or not.
What I really liked, though, is that Sittser's book really contains valuable principles that transfer to loss in general, not just death - meaning chronic/severe illness, etc. as well.
It is truly an exceptional gem and worth reading and returning to over and over.
This book is a very touching book. The Author shares his own personal experience of losing 3 family members in an auto accident. There is an excellent chapter on God's grace and another on Forgiveness. I recommend this book to anyone. I was blessed to read this book, I felt drawn closer to the Lord.