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  1. sandy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I will read it again.
    April 4, 2022
    sandy
    I lost my husband 6 months ago and found this refreshing as it was written by someone who had lost her husband and knows the true pains of grief!! Have passed it on to another grieving friend & she has recommend it to others that are grieving.
  2. reli
    WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Raw and yet hope filled
    November 22, 2021
    reli
    WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female


    Trusting God Through my Greatest Heartbreak

    Mattie Jackson Selecman was just 28 years old when her worst nightmare came to pass. Widowed after less than a year of marriage, her world fell apart. In this book, she records her journey over the last 3 years and how she is learning and growing through her grief. Normally, reading a book doesn't really affect me and I can read and go straight to sleep, but I finished this book at bedtime and it took me a bit to fall asleep. I think it was mostly because my mind played the what-ifs game and I needed to commit my family to God. This book is raw, but also hopeful as well.

    "We do all we can to not live in the fear of Friday or Saturday, but to hoard, herald and hold captive the joy of Sunday. Why wouldn't we? We long for Sunday just as we long for lemonade."

    "What I can tell you is that in the middle of my worst nightmare come true, even when I didn't know how to talk to God or trust God, God continued to show me he was good." I love this quote. It is so true, but so hard to grasp sometimes.

    And one last quote: "But in a holy place of rest, the Lord slowly and meticulously brings back life, not by eliminating sorrow buy by empowering peace to overcome it - by meeting fruitless coping mechanisms with faithful community; and by filling emptiness in loss back to fullness in Christ."

    I really enjoyed this book if you can enjoy a book full of such raw feelings, but as I said previously it was also full of hope and that is what made the book readable.

    I received this book from Thomas Nelson via NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  3. Sarah O
    South Dakota
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Could not put down
    November 15, 2021
    Sarah O
    South Dakota
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I usually do not read non fiction but when I do I want a book that will knock my socks off. This book did that for me. While some books I can knock out in one setting this is a book you will want to take your time and saver the authors words and her journey through the loss of her husband. This story is definitely is a book you may want to grab of a box of tissues. I think no matter where you are in your journey with grief I found this author had a new perspective of grief. I also feel that this is not just about loss of a spouse but really anyone who you love and care about. Its about meeting God every step of the way and finding his peace in your journey. Some of the stories the author shared about the signs she felt God give her about the dreams all those just left me with chills and made me stop and really thank God for the signs he has give me even though I had not seen them so clear at the time. Over all this book is worth the read not matter where you are its insightful and has away of getting you in the heart right where you need it. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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