Thursday, August 30, 2012

Book Reviw: Aftermath

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.

Buy a copy of the book here:

About the Author:

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

My Review of the Book:

Like it or not one thing we know for sure that all of us have in common is that we are going to suffer loss at some point in our life of someone near and dear to us.  For some of us it may come far to soon, but reality is no matter when it happens or how it still hurts just as bad.  It does not get any easier and it is something we all wish we did not have to go through.

We all grieve differently and what works for some, may in fact not work for others.  Aftermath I found was a book that can help one either in preparation for the loss of a dear one or after the loss has already happened.  Margaret takes us on her personal grief journey and helps the reader find a way through the fog of the loss.  While reading the book you feel as a close family member or friend has written it and truly cares about helping the reader   "get through it"  No matter if you are buying this book for someone that you just did not know how to help or you needed some help for yourself this book is perfect!

I received a book for review purposes.  My views are 100% my own and not influenced in anyway!

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