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Letting Go Paperback – April 24, 2013
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Carrie Lange lives in the Pacific Northwest, near Seattle.
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The author's imagination became her salvation. In asking the questions why, why, why -- why did he do it; why couldn't she help him; why didn't he realize the devastation he would inflict on everyone he knew -- the author created a spirit world, with several characters personifying that consuming guilt which could find no release.
One such spirit "searched for forgiveness. What he found was a barrier.... Upon this barrier, he flung [himself] until there was almost nothing left except the sin that would not be forgiven." This spirit "...dreamed of white shores and a voice that called his name.... That voice told him to let go, to stop searching for the forgiveness which he longed for. The white shores gleamed in the distance, and the light that reached him seared away his shadows and sins."
The author found those white shores in a sense. Her husband and young son are among those she acknowledges at book's end, as the happy ending to a sad story. The story also concludes with a suicide prevention hotline. Anyone touched with the tragedy of actual or contemplated suicide will benefit from the catharsis of this work.
Carrie takes the reader into a world that few can describe unless having been there themselves. She writes with a vividness that transports you into the story. Her characters are so easy to relate to it is as if they are your family and friends.
I felt the pain, the torment, the cheer, the desire, the joy, the despair through out the entire story. With the passion she put into this work, a passion similar to the writing of Anne Rice, it drew me in and caused me to devour the words. Not many books have done that for me.
I believe this writing will be used as a tool to help attempter's and survivors of suicide to gain a healthy perspective in order to regain the strength to be able to let go.
And with the proceeds going to the National Suicide Hotline 800-273-8255, it's a win-win purchase!
The paranormal aspect of the story gives it a unique vantage point – the point of view of the person who has killed himself as well as that of his loved ones. Dan’s struggles to adjust to what he has done, and his desperate need to save his abandoned fiancée, illuminate the effects of his suicide in ways that the actions of the living alone could not have expressed. As he grapples with the new problems posed by the entities he encounters in the afterlife, the interwoven stories of the individual characters allow the tale to explore many different aspects of death – and life.
Ms. Lange brings together the travails of the not-quite-dead and the challenges of the living into a surprising and somberly hopeful conclusion. The final twist of the ending yields a more satisfying fulfillment than one could have predicted in the darker periods earlier in the story. And that ultimate reassurance expresses for the reader the truth that the characters in their separate ways have found: You can never rule out the possibility that things may yet end better than you think. That is something we can all stand to remember.