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The Other Side of Suffering: The Father of JonBenet Ramsey Tells the Story of His Journey from Grief to Grace Hardcover – March 14, 2012
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Extremely well written and filled with emotion, this book contains many sad and incredible stories told to illustrate John Ramsey's journey through suffering and faith. Although I initially approached reading this book with skepticism, I soon found myself reading through tear-filled blurry eyes. By the time I had finished reading, I had openly wept several times throughout the book.
This book was written as an encouragement to those who might otherwise abandon their faith in God in times of crisis and tragedy. The author elucidates the fact that life is not always fair, life is not always easy, but God is always good.
"People ask me how long it takes to get over the loss of a child. My response is, you never get over it." ~John Ramsey
I was unsure what to expect—probably a good thing, as it enabled me to take the book & it's various messages as they were & without bias.
Simply put, while I wouldn't say I'm religious in the way John Ramsey is, spiritually, I believe much of what's said can be applied to anybody—not just those who necessarily believe in God. The advice of 'don't make big decisions following a tragedy' is one I wish I'd known/taken a few years ago... And how painfully this point & many others were driven home yesterday when I realized, & stated to my mum, 'I don't know how to handle anything anymore because we're in a place were we/I can't buy our way out.'
A glaringly ridiculous testimony to my own privilege? Yes. However, I found it an equally poignant message for all desperate to win the lottery, for anyone always chasing the next thing... It may give you money, but some things, the things we want most—time with those we love—cannot be bought. Even medically speaking, treatments may or may not work. No magic number in the bank will change it.
While this book touches heavily on the loss of JonBenet, there's much more depth than that story. John Ramsey may not have all the answers on relief of suffering, but he did a damn good job of helping put things in to perspective. For that, I'm eternally grateful. I'd recommend it to others who are struggling with/facing loss. The feelings & emotions covered are spot on & I appreciate it coming from a real person. Self Help books don't do justice compared to the personal narrative... At least not when we're talking serious suffering, grief & loss. 5 stars.
I work in the legal field and have read the transcripts of the Ramsey case. This case has not had closure, and the American public deserves the truth. Today's tv media promoting Ramsey's book really has been unsavory, and I recommend anyone truly interested in the facts of this case, reads the new release written by James Kolar: "Foreign faction: Who really kidnapped JonBenet Ramsey".
After reading the evidence, and knowing that MANY records mysteriously disappeared very early in this case, there can be only a one conclusion. This latest ghost-written book by Ramsey's defense team is nothing but image control. If the reader is interested in facts of this disturbing case, please read James Kolar's new book. He tells the truth, and has no reason fabricate an image, or to lie to the public.
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