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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2011
I pre-ordered this book and it came in the mail today. I sat and read the entire thing in one sitting, glued to her story. There are parts of this book that I simply couldn't read through without having to stop and wipe my eyes. I have to admit to openly crying when she talked about the difficult task of having to clean up her daughter's bedroom after she passed away. As a parent, her story is heart-wrenching and made me give each of my daughters an extra kiss tonight when I put them to bed. As a husband, the letters that she shared between her and Rick, her late-husband, have inspired me to have a greater appreciation for my wife. My wife's birthday is in the next week, and if I am successful at writing a letter half as great as the ones Rick wrote, my wife will be a happy woman.
This book hooked me from the beginning, and I literally couldn't put it down. It will inspire you to be a better parent, a better spouse, and a better person. It will help you to realize that some of the trivial problems we stress out about maybe aren't all that important in the long run. It will give you greater clarity and focus on living your life now, and appreciating the time you have with the ones you love. And more importantly, it will help you to handle the curve-balls that get sent your way. Abby was able to piece together her life and to find meaning moving forward. God has a plan for each of us. I'm glad to have been influenced by such a wonderful person.
After reading this book, I understand on a more personal level how Job must have felt. And I know what it meant to Job to have his friends sit in the ashes with him. I definitely grieved with Abby, before the book was written, and on just about every page I read. This book will impact me for the rest of my life.
A definite must read.