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Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)|
And Life Comes Back: A Wife's Story of Love, Loss, and Hope ReclaimedTricia Lott WillifordWaterBrook / 2014 / Trade Paperback$0.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 11 Reviews Video
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Single Moms Raising Sons: Preparing Boys to Be Men When There's No Man AroundDana S. ChisholmBeacon Hill Press / 2007 / Trade Paperback$8.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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If you and I are new to each other, let me start here: This is not how this was supposed to go! In the portrait I had long ago painted of my family, I didnt intend to include words like "widowed single mom." I had envisioned many more decades with my husband Robb in the complicated, beautiful life of marriage. But in the course of twelve hours, our family of four became a trio, and since that day my boys and I have been creating a new life in an upside-down world.
I have written this new book, which in a lot of ways is a sequel to And Life Comes Back, to answer the question so many have asked: "And then what happenedafter the crisis became reality and your life began again?" Ive leaned into honest storytelling to offer a look into the chaos and beauty of who we have become.
Ill be honest, this book was harder to write because Im living it right nowI hardly feel like an expert who has figured it out. I hope my straight-up-honest stories will give you encouragement to take the next step. And the next. And the next.
Sometimes, you just have to pretend you know what youre doing, pretend youre brave enough, and pretend you can do this. Sometimes you just have to pretend youre normal until the new normal finds you.
See you in the pages,
Scotty4 Stars Out Of 5And now you know the rest of the story ...August 4, 2015ScottyQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4You know that really good book that tells such a compelling, true story that you want the author to write a follow-up book so you can know the rest of the story? Lets Pretend Were Normal (published by WaterBrook Press) is the follow-up to that kind of book.
Last year I reviewed, And Life Comes Back by Tricia Lott Williford (you can find the blog post of that review here), a powerful story of a Christian husband and wife in love who were raising two young boys and enjoying the life and family God had blessed them with. About the first half of the book draws you into their beautiful love story when the book shifts and tells the story of how, very suddenly, the husband dies and life as the wife and boys knew it is immediately rocked and permanently, indelibly changed.
That book takes you just far enough through the story to make you think this new, young widow and her little boys are going to face a lot of struggles, but the Lord would see them through. By the time you closed the last page of that book, it left you wondering how things would turn out for this now single mom and her kids.
Lets Pretend Were Normal picks up where And Life Comes Back left off. This book gives the reader who was delighted and blessed by Willifords story the chance to rejoin the drama and adventure to discover how she and her sons pulled through the loss of loving husband and father to begin forging a different life as a trio.
Like most stories with sequels or told in a series, the original story was the most compelling and most dramatic; Lets Pretend Were Normal doesnt contain the trauma or drama of Willifords first book, and occasionally some of the stories drag a little as they arent as compelling as I think the author hopes they would be.
But I do think this book tells an interesting story that readers of the first book will definitely enjoy. Williford shares the despairing struggle to move forward after losing the love of her life, and incredible challenge of raising and caring for two energetic boys who have suddenly lost their beloved father. There is more to this book than focusing on grief; there are also enjoyable stories of a re-shaped family discovering each other in new ways, and delightful tales of how a very rich love for one another and God is getting this little family through their terrible loss to move forward in life together.
If you read Willifords first book, you owe it to yourself to complete the story by reading Lets Pretend Were Normal so that you can get the rest of the story. Its a story worth reading, one that will leave you with a smile and being thankful that it looks like this family is pulling through.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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