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Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Xulon Press
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 9.61 X 6.69 X 0.54 (inches)|
Margaret Kazmierczak, Author5 Stars Out Of 5Extraordinary faith filled bookOctober 29, 2014Margaret Kazmierczak, AuthorThis book deserves more than 5 stars as it is deeply embedded in the mystery of God's love. The author needs to be congratulated on her courage to write this painful book as her journey in revealing her heart and pain has been relived in every letter that she has typed.
It would have been human to have given up after all Dana Goodman has been through, but her strength is clearly grounded in the God of Love. Her struggles just seemed to bombard her, her heart being ripped apart through loss. But her amazing gift to keep going is echoed in this statement:
"In the broken moments of our lives, seeds are planted in the very rich soil of God's kindness and when those seeds are showered with his love they bear much fruit and multiply. Just when I thought nothing could grow in the barren waste of broken dreams, seeds began to grow into beautiful plants of love and hope."
However, this hope did not just come to the author, she had to endure many years of excruciating pain and suffering. She truly understands the agony of Calvary but above all has witnessed the Resurrection that comes after death. Her faith is proof of this. A lot people would trash God and leave Him, bitter and tormented by the challenges given to them. But Dana Goodman held on with her fingernails to hope. The support of her family and Christian friends too gave her the glimpse that not all was lost. Greatness and healing could come out of the ashes.
This book is truly inspirational and a must read for those that have suffered loss, especially the loss of a child. I confess I cried often, but tears are the ointment of God's healing balm.
I highly recommend this amazing account of an exceptional woman's journey to hell and back. Dana Goodman stayed focused on God, at times tentatively, understandably so, but none the less, still communicating with Love even though He seemed at times silent and distant.
Be warned this book will change you.
Author: Dana Goodman
Located in: Kamloops BC Canada
Submitted: September 30, 2014
Tell us a little about yourself. Dana is a counsellor and author who lives in Kamloops British Columbia. She has a master's in counselling and has worked in private practice for five years, specializing in grief counselling and family therapy. She savours moments with her family and loves contemplating life with her journal, her bible and a latte.
What was your motivation behind this project? In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning was birthed after a long season of grieving. After the deaths of her husband and son to cancer, Dana found herself in the wilderness, unable to navigate through the darkness. Even breathing was hard. Her pain forever changed her, scarred her and contaminated the way she viewed life; however Jesus met her in the middle of the dark valley and lead her through the heartache so she could see in colour again. In him she was able to find renewal, meaning and purpose again. Dana's journey compelled her to write In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning in the hopes that her story might help others find their way through their own pain stories.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Dana's hope is that others will be encouraged by her story. In Christ their is always hope and even the worst of tragedies can be rewritten into love stories that give honour and glory to Jesus.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? During the writing of In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning, Dana often felt re-traumatized. The pain would rush in as though her losses had just happened. She started experiencing some of the grief symptoms she thought she had left behind. But as Marcel Proust says, "One heals suffering only by experiencing it to the full." Experiencing the full range of emotions during the writing process, has lead to a more complete healing.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My son, Zach Laird, who died in 2010 was my greatest source of inspiration. His strength, love and determination have propelled me through some of the most difficult times. Authors C.S. Lewis' A Grief Observed, Nicholas Wolterstorff's Lament for a son, Phillip Yancey's Where is God When it Hurts and Jerry Sittser's A Grace Disguised were the books that helped me find my way through the darkness. Their honest account of their pain gave me hope that I too could make it through.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Jesus will meet you in your pain. His tears will mix with yours and together you will walk through the wilderness until you find joy again. He will create resting places for you so heaven's rain will wash the effects of trauma enough so that you can find hope, love and peace again.
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