Title: God’s Mercies after Suicide: Blessings Woven Through a Mother’s Heart
Author: Jean Ann Williams
Genre: Suicide, Christian Living, Christian Devotional
What if your child shot himself while you were in the next room? What if you held him as his heart beat for the last time? What if Satan whispered in your ear, “Now where is your God?” Find out how Jean Ann Williams reached out with her spirit and mind to the one true Father. Discover how the Lord God answered her, and walked alongside her in the most difficult grieving journey of her life.
Suicide is a taboo subject in most Christian circles yet suicide rates have risen 24% since 1986. In this powerful book, Jean Ann Williams bares her soul and her grief as she details the suicide of her beloved son and her journey from despair to acceptance.
Williams takes it slow and describes her son’s suicide, her guilt, her grief and her recovery process. She’s honest with us, the reader, and doesn’t sugar-coat anything. She’s a devout Christian and like many of us who’ve been dealt with tragedy, she doesn’t understand God’s plan. All she feels is pain. She’s a mother and all she knows is that her son is gone and she’s left alone to somehow fill the void in her heart.
A beautiful spiritual journey in devotional form, God’s Mercies After Suicide is a must-read. Williams shares her experiences (from the funeral to dealing with holidays to a stark recognition in the form of a repairman) in gut-wrenching prose. My heart broke for Williams and I cried while reading this book.
If you know someone who’s dealing with the loss of their child through suicide, please pick up this book. They’ll thank you in hugs, trust me.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Jean Ann Williams is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has contributed articles on suicide loss at www.opentohope.com , and currently for Putting on the New blog, and her own Love Truth blog. Jean Ann and her husband live on one acre in Southern Oregon where they raise a garden, fruit orchard, goats, and chickens. Her favorite hobbies are hiking through the woods, practicing archery with her bow, and big game hunting. Their two remaining children have blessed them with thirteen grandchildren, their baker’s dozen. To contact Jean Ann, please visit her website at www.jeanannwilliamsauthor.com or her blog at www.joshua-mom.blogspot.com/ .
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N