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I chose Grieving the Loss of a Loved One as my free book from BookLook Bloggers to review. Rest assured, I will be sharing my honest opinion with you.
This book is a devotional which is meant to help the reader work through their grief over the death of a loved one, or someone else who was close to them. Each entry contains a passage of Scripture, a short story or anecdote, a prayer, and blank lines to record the progress of your own grief journey. There are 52 devotions, so this could conceivably take you through an entire year.
When ordering the book, I didn’t at first realize that it was a devotional. I got it mainly to read the author’s insights on grief, not to use it as a journaling exercise to work through my own grief. Although I won’t be taking advantage of the journal portion of the book, there are still enough short entries that make it worth my while to read. I have enjoyed the pertinent stories that go with each day’s theme. It’s been helpful to learn how other people have dealt with their grief. I also appreciate the thoughtful prayers at the end. Sometimes it can be hard to put into words the things you are feeling when you’re grieving.
I would recommend this book as an appropriate gift to someone who has lost a loved one who they were very close to. It’s overkill for what I term casual grief, and is aimed more at long-term grief.
Rating: 5 Stars
Until next time…
*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review, which I have provided here.