Monday, February 25, 2013
Grieving God's Way Book Review
I finished reading this over a month ago, so I guess it’s high time I write the book review!
I picked out this book, not because I’m dealing with grief or the loss of a loved one, but to be able to sympathize with and help friends who are. But I must say I was sadly disappointed in this book. There were definitely some good thoughts and things for me to be aware of when interacting with others who are grieving, but it was lacking a strong Biblical reference.
I do not know anything about the author, Margaret Brownley, at all and have never read any of her other books, so I’d like to give her the benefit of the doubt, but this did not come across to me as completely sound advice. I think she may have still been dealing with her own loss, so it seemed to excuse some odd behavior.
The book is divided in four parts: Healing the Grieving Body, Healing the Grieving Soul, Healing the Grieving Heart, and Healing the Grieving Spirit. The concept sounds good, but I didn’t always agree with the author’s opinions on certain things. For example, she quotes from the Bible, but I never got the feeling that she was using Scripture as her foundation, rather, she believed one thing and found a verse to back it up. Also, in one example (pg 83) she described the forming of the Grand Canyon as having taken millions of years! I think that kind of turned me off and I had a hard time taking the rest of her book seriously.
I got the book intending to give it to a friend, but I do not recommend this book. At best you’d have to read it carefully and prayerfully to discern what‘s good advice. There were a few good pointers in the book, but overall I was very disappointed, especially since the title of the book made me think this would be a biblical way to cope with grief!
I received a copy of this book from Booksneeze.com in exchange for an honest review.