I came across this book in a book study...I am now doing another book study with my own small group. Jerry Sittser writes with an exquisite clarity and a profound understanding of loss in every form. He not only validates and never minimizes his own losses, but he teaches us to never quantify our own losses with anyone elses. Through his dark journey, his spiritual, emotional, and intellectual processes are called into question. What results is a story of forgiveness, compassion, hope, and profound changes.
This book has changed my preconceived attitudes and beliefs regarding losses in our lives, and it has strengthened my spiritual journey with my Lord and Savior.
Jerry Sittser has experienced PAIN! He plugs his experience into all types of pain possible to experience. We have experienced catastrophic pain but have friends who are under going pain from being locked up for a time and losing employment along with any sense of identify. This book deals with it all in a very helpful, compassionate manner. I highly recommend this book. It does not compare anyone's pain but regards each one's pain as being the worst because it is what is being dealt with at the time. This book would be helpful to anyone; keeps anyone aware and sensitive to the painful experiences of life.