Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Review and Giveaway: Asia's New Wings by Clifton and Michelle Cottom #memoir #selfhelp #bereavement #personalgrowth

About the Book:

Asia Cottom lived eleven short years on this earth. Her tragic death on Flight #77 on 9/11 is forever etched in the hearts of the countless people who loved her. But her wise and influential life, her positive attitude, and profound faith in God are her true legacy.

You may love God with all your heart and soul, yet not understand what He is doing. In Asia’s New Wings, Clifton and Dr. Michelle Cottom, along with family and friends, walk beside you, sharing their thoughts and offering compassion to help you come to a place of acceptance, when trying to make sense of suffering great loss. The people in this book have learned to come to terms with what God allows, and are now in a place where they can help heal others. If you have gone—or are going through—the “valley of despair,” you will find comfort and empathy from those who care. You will also find hope and the strength to move forward as you rediscover your life.

What Asia's parents and all those who loved her went through, healed from, and learned will bring comfort and relief to those who travel down the road of loss. Reading and experiencing Asia's story will truly bring healing and life to all who turn these pages.

Buy the book:   Amazon  ~  Barnes & Noble

About the Authors:

Clifton and Michelle Cottom live in Prince George’s County, Maryland and they have one son, Isiah. The Cottoms are the co-founders and executive board members of the Asia SiVon Cottom (ASC) Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Connect with the authors:   Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter

Love and Support

One of the most important things you can have when you are trying to recover from grief is the love and support of people who care about you.  In fact, Karen Kain said, "Surround yourself with people who provide you with support and love and remember to give back as much as you can in return."  After my experiences with grief, I am convinced that the only way we survive is by supporting each other. 
When my daughter died on September 11, 2001, in the plane crash into the Pentagon, I was struck with such numbing shock and grief that I did not know if I could go on.  I would not have survived, I believe, without the love and support of three important groups of people.
The first was my family.  My husband, son and our extended family drew close to me and lifted me up with their support.  Through the days and weeks that followed Asia's death, I was truly cradled by their strength.  Although each member of our family was individually overcome with grief, together we formed a net that gave each other the support to get through those difficult days.
The second group was my church family.  Our pastor, friends and supportive members gave us the help we needed when it was all just too much to bear.  Asia's memorial service was a testament to the dedication of these people, with tributes speaking of her impact on their lives touching us and making the grief more manageable.  Today, these same people still love and support us, and I love them for the help they have given and continue to give.
Finally, in Asia's death, we discovered that millions of people all over the globe united with us in sorrow and shared our loss.  This third group of people, the citizens of the world, was an unexpected gift of support in our grieving process.  Unlike the parents of some children who are taken too soon, Asia's death was shared by the world because of the manner in which she died.  To this day, people remember her and offer us condolences.
These three groups of people surrounded us with love and support.  During the grief process, having this support network is so important.  Do not turn away from those who want to help you in your own grief process.

Guest Post by Michelle Cottoms author of Asia's New Wings


 I remember getting ready for work that day back in September, just over 14 years ago.  Like many I did not believe what I was seeing was true.  I had gone to work and it was a sunny day and yet the mall that I had worked was like a ghost town.  I lived in another country and although so far away, life from that point on for many people had been impacted and continue to be since that dreadful day.

Asia's New Wings is not only a tribute to a precious life lost too soon, but a great reminder for all of us who go through loss.  Loosing a loved one is hard, but I have never lost a child.  I hope and pray that I never have to feel that pain and sorrow and for any parent that has I personally have no words that would make the pain ease.  Though after reading Asia's New Wings I realize words are not what are important, but showing your love is.  Ensure you grab your tissue box while you are reading as it will definitely be needed!

No compensation was received for this post.  A book was supplied for review purposes only.  

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