09 May, 2016

{{Book Review}} Colors of Goodbye: A Memoir of Holding On, Letting Go, and Reclaiming Joy in the Wake of Loss | What happens after the worst happens?

Before May 31, 2008, September Vaudrey’s life was beautiful. But on that day, with one phone call from the ER, her whole world―everything she knew and believed―was shaken to the core. Katie, her 19-year-old artist daughter, had been in a car accident and would not survive. How does a family live in the wake of devastating tragedy? When darkness colors every moment, is it possible to find light? Can God still be good, even after goodbye?

With the depth of C. S. Lewis’s A Grief Observed and the poignancy of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical ThinkingColors of Goodbye offers a moving glimpse into a mother’s heart. Combining literary narrative and raw reflection, September Vaudrey walks through one of life’s worst losses―the death of a child―and slowly becomes open to watching for the unexpected ways God carries her through it. It’s a story of love and tragedy in tandem; a deeply personal memoir from a life forever changed by one empty place. And at its core, Colors of Goodbye calls to the deepest part of our spirits to know thatdeath is not the end . . . and that life can be beautiful still.

*My Review*

This book perfectly captures that thin line between joy and pain. This is a story about every parent's worst nightmare--suddenly losing your child. Not only do they have to deal with their own devastating loss, but they still have to care for their four other children who have lost their sister. This book tells of their journey and how one family showed incredible courage in the midst of a great  loss.If you know someone who is dealding with hurt or loss, send them a copy of this book. If you want to be encouraged that you, too, can go through a great loss and disappointment, yet continue to find joy...then this book is for you! 

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