Monday, July 29, 2013

Book Review: Finding the Good in Grief

If you are struggling through a time of grief, for any reason, I highly recommend John F. Baggett's book Finding the Good in Grief: Rediscover Joy after a Life-Changing Loss to you. It’s a short book, clearly written and easy to understand, yet it is packed with insightful and comforting information. Baggett wrote the book after finding his own way through grief after mental illness stole his son. Baggett writes from a place of experience and empathy.

Walking readers through the traditionally identified stages of grief, Baggett defines each. Then he takes readers a step further, showing the positives of each stage—why God gives these to people who hurt. Baggett also identifies ways people get stuck in the different stages instead of moving forward toward healing. He explains the problems this can cause and helps readers see what they can do, if they are stuck, in order to move toward healing again. Baggett closes each chapter with the story of someone who has experienced and triumphed over the stage covered in that chapter. The final two chapters help readers see how they will eventually be able to help others who are experiencing what they have endured and how readers can look forward to new and more positive life experiences that they may enjoy once they’ve worked their way through grief.

Insights I gained from reading this book will definitely stick with me. I am thankful to Kregel Publications for sending a complimentary copy in exchange for this honest review.

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