Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal Kindle Edition
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By MaryAnn "MaryAnn"
This review is from: Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal (Paperback)
Ididn't think I could ever read anything more gripping from Ada Brownell than`Swallowed by Life' . In this tract, her soul is laid bare for the reader. Eachpage is more intense than the last. You will find not a wasted paragraph, norsentence, nor word. Feel Brownell pain, explore her literary mind, rejoice inher new beginning and ponder the paradox of life.
In my mind, it's the best work she has ever penned and will move you from thefirst sentence to last. You'll truly be better for having taken the time toread it.
Jesse's Dad -
Having lost my 10 year old son, Jesse, to Burkitt'sLeukemia just over a year ago, Swallowed by Life by Ada Brownell echoes some ofthe very questions that I was asking after my son's death. I highly recommendit to those who are grieving and those who wish to come alongside someone whois grieving.
I especially enjoyed her thoughts on the personbeing more than just the body. This is illustrated wonderfully by examples ofbody parts and organs being removed, cells and tissues constantly beingreplaced, and yet, the person we are remains.
I also appreciated her take on Heaven
From the Back Cover
- ASIN : B007BGCVSU
- Publisher : CreateSpace (December 6, 2011)
- Publication date : December 6, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 326 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 129 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,035,974 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I especially enjoyed her thoughts on the person being more than just the body. This is illustrated wonderfully by examples of body parts and organs being removed, cells and tissues constantly being replaced, and yet, the person we are remains.
I also appreciated her take on Heaven: a child enjoys playing with toy cars, but an adult drives a real car. A child can't imagine giving up the toy car, whereas an adult realizes that driving a real car is far superior to playing with a toy car. So it will be in Heaven. We will find that all of our earthly pleasures where but a training ground for their Heavenly counterparts.
There are times when death threatens or overcomes our loved ones, and everyone has a time when their own life will be left behind. When the latter comes suddenly, there's no time to become afraid--but when the physician come into our hospital room (or to the room in his/her office) and gives us a death sentence, it can be a time of real confusion and fear. I think it's probably worse when it's a loved one. Swallowed by Life is a 10-chapter book with thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter.
God doesn't want us to be afraid. He wants us to come to Him and know that He is able to care for us.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.
Brownell includes many timely Scripture verses throughout the book, as well as, study questions at the end of each chapter. She gives a realistic glimpse into the life of one who has lost a loved one, and that is perhaps one of my favorite things about this book - the authenticity.
Brownell uses her past expertise as a journalist to skillfully write a book that is not only insightful, but also interesting. As one who has led many Bible studies and has also been a participant on numerous occasions, I am particular in choosing which studies I read and recommend. Brownell offers a book that will offer hope to those not only struggling with grief themselves, but also those who work with the grief stricken. It is not a sad and dismal book, however. It is a book of encouragement and hope - the hope we have in Christ Jesus. I highly recommend it.
The book is made up of ten, very readable chapters filled with anecdotes and scientific tidbits. A set of discussion questions follows each chapter to help with book study groups or just personal reflection. The answers can be found at the end to be sure those questions are explored as the author intended. I enjoyed the images she uses to help paint word pictures of the natural processes of aging, death and new life: a restored rusty car, the collapsed roof of a deserted barn, leaves falling from a tree at different rates, the inside of a chicken egg, and others. I especially liked the following image: "When medicine leaves no handholds to grasp as we teeter on death's precipice, we discover the Savior has gone this way before and will help." Very comforting words.
This is a fascinating examination of the intricacies of the human body, a thorough Bible study of life after death, and the poignant reminisce of a mother who has lost a child and the peace she found. I highly recommend this book for anyone because, as the author says, there is no escaping our terminal condition.
I received a review copy from the author, but the opinions expressed are mine alone.