One of the great opportunities I have as a writer, is meeting other writers. I get to share in the lows they feel when it seems no one is listening but also the highs of book launches! Today I am sharing a review of my friend Susan B. Mead‘s book, Dance With Jesus – From Grief to Grace. I mentioned it in an earlier post and I wanted to share a bit more about it.
Losing a child must be the most agonizing pain ever experienced in this life. It’s just not in the right order. We are not supposed to bury our kids, they are supposed to bury us. It’s unnatural. As I have listened to the heartbreak in the voice of mommas who walk this path, as I have looked at the pain that still crosses their face, my heart hurts. This is an exclusive club. One that has all too many members and one that we all pray that we never be placed on it’s roster.
For some, their path to healing is to share that hurt, those feelings, those thoughts that invaded their sleep with others who were flung violently into the darkness of being the survivor. Quoting Susan, “In my darkest moment and deepest despair, I turned to the story of OTHERS who had walked a similar path. And saw HOPE. If they could, surely I could…”
The book begins with Susan as a child and this quote from her mom is one that Susan has had to hang on to many times as she has walked through “the valley of the shadow of death” that survivors find themselves, “Hold His hand when you pray. He will hold your hand too. And you will feel His presence and power.”
This little book is a quick read, “…grief can shorten the attention span” and designed to let the readers see the ups and downs of Susan’s walk through several deaths in her family, not just her son, Kyle’s. “Grief hits each one of us and can come from so many different directions” Meet my friend Susan….
This is Kyle’s birthday month and Susan is celebrating his life with a wonderful giveaway. I am giving away a signed copy of Dance With Jesus as well. Join in the fun as we help Susan honor Kyle.