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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Recent Reads: Wish You Were Here...

Wish You Were Here: Travels Through Loss and Hope
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was familiar with Amy Welborn's writing through various blogs and Catholic sites. I didn't actively go searching for this particular book, but when I stumbled across it at the library, I grabbed it immediately. I was not disappointed... in fact I stayed up late, woke up early, and finished the entire thing in less than 12 hours. I found myself crying along with her at parts.

This is a beautifully written, very personal story of two journeys: one physical, one spiritual. Readers accompany Amy & three of her children on a trip through Italy just months after her husband's sudden death. Everything she experiences reminds her of her late husband, and she writes both of the beautiful scenery and the internal dialogues she has related to her grief. It is a beautiful journal of a grieving soul... trying to find joy again in her life, constantly reminded of what was lost, but ultimately clinging to faith.

I was the assistant teacher this past winter in a college course entitled "Aging, Death, and Dying". This is a book I will recommend to future students. It articulates exactly what it's like to feel the suffocating weight of grief even as you try to press forward and make sense out of what to do with the rest of your life.

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