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This book was an absolute joy to read, as devastated as I still am over the loss of my own beloved husband, I found such solace from this book. I wanted to keep reading it and reading it, was sad when I was nearing the end. Gayle writes with such a powerful depth of feelings - I felt that she was describing my own feelings of loss on so many levels. And - she chose just the right Scripture passages after each chapter. Of all the books I have been reading about widowhood, this is by far the absolute best. She loved her Chuck like I loved & still love my dear own husband, the pain & desolation and emptiness from losing your soul mate cannot be imagined by anyone who has not also suffered such a loss. It's truly a feeling like you have been sawn in two, the worst pain of my existence. I will start reading this book again & again - thank you Gayle for saying what we widows have been through, you truly know that terrible emptiness, sorrow and heartache. Maybe someday - my husband & I will meet up with you & Chuck & have a good long talk in Heaven, where we do not ever have to be separated again, thanks to our blessed Savior, Jesus Christ.
I have only been a widow for one month. I needed a book to read to help me cope with this very delicate situation that I am in. As I read the book, just about every phrase was true and relevant. I would mentally substitute our names in place of the author's so it was like I was writing the book myself and experiencing the grief and loneliness and hope first hand. The book doesn't lecture the reader. It made me immersed and hopeful. I will read this book over and over, pondering over each page of reality.
This was a nice book of a widow's journey. I could identify with a lot of what the author wrote about and appreciated her perspective on many things. I found the biblical references a bit distracting and ended up skipping them as I am not religious. I understand that people like to include their relationship with God as it provides them comfort and I am fine reading about that but didn't understand the scripture references and for me, they just took up space and didn't provide value. It is nice to hear about how people incorporated God and faith into their journey even though my views are different but it feels a bit preachy and space filling when scripture is added. I am sure there is an audience which embraces that aspect, which is who this book was written for. If you are simply looking for a book on the grieving process and not interested in the religious part this may not be the best fit for you, but if you are a person of faith who embraces that you will really enjoy it. Otherwise the book was well written and relevant to someone grieving.
I am so grateful that I found Gayle Roper's account of her journey into widowhood. I have read and re-read it several times. I use it as a reference for those days that I cannot explain my emotions. I have recommended it to three friends who are recent widows . Her insight has made me realize that 'I am not loosing my mind." It is for everyone who has lost the love of their life. As she states. None of us asked to join this club. Thank you Gayle for bringing my sanity back.
As a recent widow, I took a chance and bought this book. It is slightly tiny in size but I can still read the print.! I keep it on my nightstand. The author (a woman) shares a memory, feeling and or experience(on a page and a half), and then follows up by a scripture verse. What I like is some of what she feels, experiences are what I am going through. It makes me realize Others feel what I feel. Some of her memories are so relatable. And she ends it with a scripture verse with reference. As a Christian woman I like this, it brings me comfort! A very affordable price, thinking my bereavement group could benefit from it too! I am very pleased with this purchase. Thank you Gayle Roper for writing this book!
When my husband of 44 years passed away, I couldn't even stand to consider the word widow, much less the lifestyle. A dear friend gave me this book and Gayle Roper had me at "hello". The book helped me so much that I bought a copy for another friend who recently lost her spouse.
I wish I'd had this book years ago when my dad passed away. I was too young, too absorbed in my own life to really stop and think about what Mom was going through. This would've provided the understanding I needed. I look back now and think, That's why Mom did that! I have already purchased a copy for a friend's family in the loss of their dad, suggesting her mom read it first to highlight the things she identifies with and passing it on to the children to help them understand. An excellent book and I intend to recommend it whenever I have the opportunity.
This book is wonderful if you find yourself dealing with grief and don't know where to turn. It helped me realize that other women are going through the same feelings that I am after the sudden and unexpected death of my husband of 54 years. I have purchased four books and have given three of them to friends who are struggling with death of a spouse. I hope they will feel a sense of peace and clarity just as I have.from reading Gayle Ropers book.