Perhaps the most troublesome part of tragedy in one's life is understanding why it happens. Whether suffering through the loss of a loved one, a devastating divorce, a serious accident, a lingering illness, or any other traumatic personal event, one's life and emotions are thus almost always dramatically altered. What can one do about this? When tragedy comes upon us, regardless of where we are in our faith, God is often suspect in our minds. Where do we turn? Why have we been dealt such a hand? How are we going to survive? And what good could possibly come of this? Writing from a journal of love and care for his wife of 46 years as she courageously and faithfully-if fatally-battled cancer for nineteen months, the author conveys how God uses circumstances to prune and refine us. This story doesn't conclude with death being the end of life, however, as faith is triumphant for all concerned. In spite of our lack of understanding we have to accept, by faith, that not only is God sovereign, He is a God of love and mercy and compassion, even in the midst of suffering. "Terry offers a wholesome and heartfelt story of his loss. The book is beautifully conceived, wonderfully written, and offers hope for those experiencing a time of loss. I wish Life's Toughest Lessons had been available when I was going through my divorce, as it would have helped me deal with the pain I was experiencing." -Jay Hill, Stephen Minister & MDiv Candidate "Terry's story reveals how a true Christian's walk with God brought him from a mountaintop marriage through the valley of death; emerging to new love and a second chance at happiness. I found inspiration and hope for my own journey through grief." -Gloria Overvold, English Teacher & Stephen Minister, Ret. This is Terry Dodd's first non-fiction book, following publication of one business/science-fiction thriller and two Christian novels. He also writes for his own newsletter ministry as he continues to draw inspiration from his beloved late wife and encouragement from the love of his newly married wife.