Thursday, May 5, 2016

My review of the book Colors of Goodbye by September Vaudrey

Colors of Goodbye: A Memoir of Holding On, Letting Go, and Reclaiming Joy in the Wake of Loss

Colors of Goodbye: A Memoir of Holding On, Letting Go, and Reclaiming Joy in the Wake of Loss

What happens "after" the worst happens?
Before May 31, 2008, September Vaudrey's life was beautiful. But on that day, with one phone call from the ER, her whole world--everything she knew and believed--was shaken to the core. Katie, her 19-year-old artist daughter, had been in a car accident and would not survive. How does a family live in the wake of devastating tragedy? When darkness colors every moment, is it possible to find light? Can God still be good, even after goodbye?
  How can my words describe the beauty and value of this book? From the first chapter, I knew this book would be a favourite of mine. As I read, my first impression was not unfounded. This book really, really touched my heart. As I read the saga within, my heart ached for the family who lost their beloved and unforgettable 19-year old Katie! Yet, even while my heart was weeping, I sensed the great peace and joy that this family had, which can only come from a relationship with Jesus Christ! Since this book is penned by the mother of Katie, it is raw and real. I have never experienced loss like this and I want to prepare my heart and faith for such a time. So, I read books like this and come away feeling amazed by the faith God gives His children in times of grief. I highly, highly recommend this book for everyone- man or woman, untouched or shadowed by trials. Whether God has already given you strength to make it through a hard time, or you have no idea how you're going to get through another day, you need to read this book. 
The author, September Vaudrey is incredibly honest and open. Yet, at the same time she is not self-absorbed, proud or asking for pity. She writes- in a beautiful style- the whole truth of her and her family's time of grief and it really gives a picture of true sorrow and the love God bestows on them to get them through it. Do not miss this beautiful and God-glorifying book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.