Title: Good Grief
Author: Sue Borrows LaRue
Major Themes: Death, Cancer, Widowhood, Memoirs, Christian Nonfiction, Christian Living, Books for Women
Synopsis: Life was very good for Suzie and her husband—could God prove Himself still good after Daryle died of cancer?
Some books I choose to review because the subject appeals to me. Good Grief didn’t appeal all that much. I don’t necessarily like to read books that have to do with loss and grief; my own experience with that is still fairly fresh and raw and I don’t enjoy reading stories that trigger those feelings. However, when Celebrate Lit was asking for more reviewers for this tour, I decided to sign up. It turned out to be an inspirational book!
Life was great for Daryle and Suzie Borrows. Everything was going well for them in their marriage, their work, and their family, and they were happy. Then one day, Daryle suddenly began experiencing strange symptoms. What was going on? Soon they received the unwelcome diagnosis of a brain tumor. Then they began the battle for Daryle’s life—but he died a year later, leaving Suzie paralyzed with her grief.
During the next few years, Suzie learned how to walk with Jesus as her heavenly husband. She learned to talk to God about the things she needed, and to ask for His help with them. Little by little, she discovered what God wanted her to do with the things He was teaching her.
Good Grief is a great story about a woman learning to rely on God for everything. It is a great story about how God cares for His people and plans everything in our lives—even the hard things. I am glad I read it, and recommend it for people who like to hear other’s testimonies of how God worked in their lives. In closing, one quote that really stood out to me was from Chapter 10: “I made a conscious decision that I needed to change. I began to meditate on the positive things.” This is such a good point to remember—think about the things we have to be thankful for, rather than wallow in the negatives!
I received a free copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
WARNING: The word gosh is used three times in the book.
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults