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Life's That Way Paperback – Bargain Price, April 6, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
For anyone dealing with love and loss, this book has hope to offer and lessons in life to teach, all without a word of preaching. If you've loved and lost someone - parent, spouse, child, friend, lover - you've felt what's in this book, and reading it might help bring you healing, if only by letting you know that you are not alone in what and how you feel and by giving you the means and words to talk about it. I'm watching my mother being stolen by Alzheimer's, and this book speaks to me even in the midst of ongoing loss. Read it, and take comfort.
I thought this book would be sad,but i wasn't expecting the moving love story. It was the most beautifully written,love letter to his dear Pie. It was sad,but uplifting in that no matter how much we grief we still LOVE. It was a true tribute not only to her,but to their love.I know through this book his daughter will gain the greatest insight into what a beautiful woman his dear Pie really was.
It was also very heartfelt in how he dealt with not only the cancer but in being a single parent. I know any parent reading this book will understand the great love and fear he had for his daughter and in his ability to be the parent she deserved.
This book should be in everyone's home!
This book is one to be read in small doses. I started it in February and took until May to finish.
It is the unembellished near-nightly emails that Mr. Beaver shared with an ever-expanding group of family and friends when his wife, Cecily, was diagnosed with cancer. It takes us through the journey of her treatment for the six or so months leading up to her death and then beyond, into the story of survival.
It is hard to read this book because for anyone who has experienced intense grief, his open, Band-Aid-has-been-pulled-off, writing style digs directly into your heart and makes you feel. All over again or anew or still or wherever your heart is in your grieving. You will ride those waves again and identify with his descriptions of loss and courage and succumbing to your emotions over and over.
My edition has dog-eared pages, highlighted passages and dated notes scribbled in the margins. One phrase repeatedly resounds, “…nothing I’ve picked up from the grief of others in the course of my life has prepared me for what this feels like.” I couldn’t agree more.
Another passage that struck with full force is: “But I recall thinking then that the loneliest place on earth was an empty house from which someone had deliberately left you. Not true. The loneliest place on earth is an empty house from which someone was taken from you.”
In chapter twelve, he speaks of pushing himself to listen to a passage of music that had been a favorite shared with his wife.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was an absolute delight to read. Mr. Beaver writes so well and he makes you feel so deeply, each and every word shows how caring he is and how much he truely loved his... Read morePublished 26 days ago by M H
No other memoir has moved me quite like this one. I too lost a spouse/best friend to lung cancer and so much of what Jim writes about resonated with me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L Parker
I read it a while ago when I admire Jim Beaver and his family story. It wasn't until my grandmother's passing that I suddenly picked it up again. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alice
I'm only a few chapters in and I think it's great. I'm a fan of Jim Beaver and that's why I originally purchased the book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Touching, hilarious, horribly sad, wonderfully uplifting--Jim is a captivating writer. This memoir of his journey of family life is a worthwhile read and makes you want to call... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Allana Langen
I just finished the book and I love it. One of the best books I have read in a long time.Published 10 months ago by Amanda Jarman
Bittersweet tale by a caring, intelligent person. I haven't finished it yet. While inspiring, it's also depressing at the same time. Read morePublished 11 months ago by J. Hulliberger