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Grief: A Mama's Unwanted Journey by Shelley Ramsey (2013-09-09)

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  • By tmtrvlr on December 3, 2013

    This is a difficult book to read and I am sure a difficult book to write. This is also a difficult review to write.If you want to know what the experience is "like" when you lose a child, the author explains it well. I could identify with all of the emotions, shock, and reactions from other people. I could especially relate to the example of the friend that spotted her in a store and immediately turned her back and walked away. It would have been much more helpful, however, to explain more about how deeply these reactions hurt.Unfortunately, if you are going through this experience, and you are looking for guidance or comfort, there is not much here. Her story is all about her and her son and there is very little reaching out to try to understand the grief of others. This is evident in her repeating over and over that her son did nothing wrong and made no mistakes even though he died in a single-car accident. She explains in detail how God provided for the pastor of her church to be with her husband when he was informed of the death. How her perfect church guided them through the experience. I saw no effort to see through the eyes of someone whose experience was different, and the attitude was as if God gave her family preferential treatment. Did you have more faith than I? No, I don't think so.I'm sure that writing this book was helpful for the author, but I don't think she was at a stage in her grief at which she could look beyond self and reach out to others.

  • By Susan Bunts Wachtel on May 5, 2015

    I didn’t set out to read Shelley Ramsey’s book Grief: A Mama’s Unwanted Journey. But when the opportunity presented itself I decided to go for what might be a soul-wrenching subject.I knew that because this was Shelley’s personal story about the loss of her son Joseph it might be hard to read and stir up an uneasy feeling within. At times it was painful to read about Joseph’s death and how Shelley, her husband Phil and their sons Curt and Wyatt dealt with their grief in the days, weeks, months and years that followed. Yet, I felt I could learn something from them. Indeed, I did learn.I learned about the importance of grief when we lose a loved one and about a unique grief that’s experienced when it involves the death of a child. I learned that everyone handles and experiences their grief differently. I learned that I don’t need to fear that grief will kill genuine faith in God and people need time to grieve. I learned that sometimes the best response to someone going through grief is just to be there with them, be quiet, listen, pray, help where I can, and cry with them and to hold them.I really liked Shelley Ramsey’s book Grief: A Mama’s Unwanted Journey. It’s a place where life and death meet and faith and grief wrestle. Shelley shared what she went through in a very open, transparent and real way. At times it was painful and gritty…but this was a good and beneficial book to read.We will all experience grief in our life and come alongside those who are grieving. After reading this book I feel I have a better appreciation for something I can’t really understand until I experience it myself.I would recommend this book to anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. Or for people who have family and friends going through a season of grief. Or for Christians who don’t quiet feel comfortable or know how to respond to someone who is grieving. This is a powerful book and I will read it again.I thank Shelley Ramsey for sharing a very personal and painful time in her life. May the Lord use it to help others in their grief.I would like to thank people at BookLook and WestBow Press for the opportunity to read Grief: A Mama’s Unwanted Journey in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.

  • By S. Lee Butler on July 27, 2016

    After losing my precious, firstborn and only daughter(41 yrs old) to brain cancer 2 years and 3 months ago today, I have struggled to keep it together, to find the "new norm", to even accept a 'new norm', to find my purpose. She left behind a wonderful husband, and 2 adorable children(11 and 14), and 2 younger brothers(in their late 20s)who adored her. Not long after her death, both of our boys moved to distant States to work, the gchildren grew into their busy social/school lives(which, along with their church friends, has helped them cope). And, having lost my mother unexpectedly 6 months before my daughter, I had an overwhelming feeling that I had lost it all, just everything that was dear to me. Nothing, absolutely nothing, was the same. It's been quite a difficult journey for my husband and me, learning to deal with this 'new life", the new future. This book addresses so many of the feelings and experiences I have had, difficulty praying, friends moving on, harsh words from others to 'move on', my own deep need for alone time, but not wanting to feel lonely, mixed emotions, difficulty sleeping, forgetfulness, unfocused, etc. If it were not for my relationship with Christ, I just could not have even gotten this far. So thankful for His constant love and care. This book was a wonderful help, such an encouragement, (really like the idea of journaling) and a confirmation that I am not crazy. :) It just feels, well, hopeful! I would recommend it to anyone who has lost a child, or any loved one. God bless!

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