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Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal Paperback – December 6, 2011
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"While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it's not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life" (2 Corinthians 5:4 NLT).
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Author Brownwell questioned God when she learned Carolyn, her daughter Carolyn, was going to die. She writes of the struggles and trials she faced. She explores her grief, anger, and depression. Brownwell talks to God to search for answers and her faith. Is there really life after death? Would she see her beloved daughter, Carolyn, again.
This book takes readers step by step with the author. Divided into ten chapters this paperback book begins with a dedication and preface before them. It ends with answers to study questions which conclude each chapter. Heavily sprinkled with scripture the chapters reinforce what it makes says that we are not alone and God is with us. It shows how we should be ready to leave this earth and live a life to encourage others.
I enjoyed this beautifully written book and would recommend it. It would be nice for someone grieving or struggling with faith. It would make a great small group study. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. A copy of this book was provided for my honest review from The Book Club Network.
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.
In my mind, it's the best work she has ever penned and will move you from the first sentence to last. You'll truly be better for having taken the time to read it.
Each chapter has a question and answer section for discussion or contemplation. The book is a good Bible study guide not only for grief support groups and those who have a serious chronic or terminal diagnosis, but also for those curious about the future, those who fear death, those who need their faith strengthened, people who don't know Jesus, and individuals who give them counsel.
I was given this book by the Author.