Saturday, August 25, 2012

Book Review: Aftermath... Growing in Grace Through Grief

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About the Book:
Growing in Grace Through Grief

Loss is a four-letter word that grips our hearts and gridlocks our lives. Grief can hold us captive until we surrender it to God. How do we find the necessary grace to journey through the mourning process?

Juxtaposed to the outpouring of her mother’s words about grief, the author shares her parallel journey from the emotional abyss of grief after becoming an adult orphan. With candor, the author shares her own emotions experienced along the spectrum of loss after her parents’ deaths: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—adding interactive options for readers.

Five sections cover these common emotions and provide:

• comfort Scripture lists

• counsel sections from grief experts

• chronicling sections with detailed helps

• tangible handles on dealing with grief during holidays, capturing loved ones’ legacy, and more.

About Margaret:

Margaret McSweeney is a well-published author often writing online articles for Make It Better (the former North Shore Magazine) and freelance articles for the Daily Herald, the largest suburban Chicago newspaper. In addition, she has authored and compiled several books including A Mother’s Heart Knows; Go Back and Be Happy; Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace and most recently, Mother of Pearl.

Margaret has a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in international business. As is the founder of Pearl Girls, Margaret collaborates with other writers on projects to help fund a safe house for WINGS, an organization that helps women and their children who are victims of domestic violence, and to build wells for schoolchildren in Uganda through Hands of Hope. For the past 10 years she has served on the board of directors and leadership advisory board for WINGS. Margaret lives with her husband and 2 daughters in the Chicago suburbs. Learn more about Margaret and the work of Pearl Girls at

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My Review:
Margaret's mother was an author and she draws from one of her mother's books through her book, Aftermath.  She also pulls poem after poem from her mother's writings.  This book touched on several good points including a brief touch on what people should not say to those who are mourning.  I found that part very refreshing. 
Margaret lost her father and several years later lost her father.  She discusses her grief and hurt throughout the time.  She is understanding throughout the whole book especially when talking about how her mother grieved after the death of her father.  Not only do you learn from Margaret's grief you also learn from her mother's. 
This book was a very good read... not a quick read that hooks you... but a read that helps you realize it is ok to grieve and grieve for a long time after a loss.

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