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Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief


I don’t normally review poetry or non-fiction, but I was willing to bend the rules for an old friend who’s been featured on The Rebel Christian before. I have no regrets in reviewing this book, it was a very short read and left me feeling inspired and thoughtful.

One of the things you should know about me already is that I’m a Believer in Christ. As I read, I began to see this book as more than just a short set of poems by Lavendar, to me it was like reading whispered prayers as she grieved and found comfort in those around her. It was both heartbreaking and heartwarming to see her thoughts on paper, I could only imagine the sort of strength it took to prevail in this sort of trial.

Beyond the gentle insight on grief and pain, I saw this book as a road to recovery for more than the tribulations Lavendar faced. I have not experienced the same pain as this author, but I have had my fair share of struggles—emotionally and spiritually. I think there is much to learn from this short read and if you will have the heart to open this book, you will find new ways to approach everyday shortcomings.

Life is not always as happy as we would like it to be, but there are ways to cope and, beyond that, there are ways to move forward. Whether you have suffered great loss, come down with an illness, struggled through an addiction or simply need a pick-me-up, I think you can find comfort and peace in this wonderfully written piece of literature.

I recommend this read to those who enjoy poetry. Anyone with a heart for emotional books will benefit from this and if you have an interest in spiritual inspiration, I would definitely suggest taking a look.