In Grieving God's Way, Margaret Brownley throws a lifeline to those drowning in their grief following the death of a loved one. She divides the book into four sections: Healing the Grieving Body, Healing the Grieving Soul, Healing the Grieving Heart, and Healing the Grieving Spirit. She breaks each section into chapters which are short devotionals or essays varying in length from a few paragraphs to a few pages. Each chapter starts with a haiku by Diantha Ain.
Brownley is a good candidate for writing this book. She lost a son to cancer. She also edits Bereavement magazine. I suspect that the chapters in the book may have come from columns in the magazine, but that is unclear.
She transmits her understanding of her readers through the subjects that she covers from anger at God to healing through nature, art , and music, from dealing with friendships to comforting children. She includes anecdotes and quotations, yet each chapter is short, a bite-sized portion appropriate for a grieving person to grasp without requiring more time, energy, and concentration that someone in pain can commit.
She handles the difficult issues tenderly and with a great deal of empathy. She does not tell grieving people how to grieve or how they are wrong to grieve, so there is no guilt, though an occasional gentle remonstrance against destructive grieving such as drugs, alcohol, and bingeing.
I would feel comfortable giving this to a grieving friend or to a friend who is concerned about someone undergoing grief. Brownley makes the grief-stricken person more understandable to himself and to others. -- Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com
Did you know that it can take as long as five years or more for a person to adequately work through grief? But because we live in a fast-paced society, we often sweep grief under the rug, or ignore it altogether. Medical experts now know that unresolved grief can cause such health problems as headaches, depression, back pain, and even heart disease and cancer. "Grieving God's Way" is a book made to order for the grieving spirit. It will help you gain new insight into the grieving process, gain more appreciation for friends and family, and come to understand God's plan for healing heart and soul.