Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
When Angels Fly by S. Jackson and A. Raymond is a heart-wrenching, powerful story of a woman's suffering, pain, faith, and love, a story that will open a whole new world to most readers, especially those who have never been abused or forsaken. Reading this memoir will open the eyes of readers to the sufferings and struggles experienced by many women silently, their courage, and their silent hopes. Sarah's suffering started early in her childhood with frequent abuse from her mother and the insensitivity of her school friends. "In fifth grade," she writes, "a tumor was found under my left nipple." The benign tumor could not cause so much trouble for her as it was curable. But Sarah will suffer more abuse from a husband and be driven to near insanity by the loss of her two children.
I couldn't help thinking about womanhood while reading When Angels Fly. As a man and a father, it is hard to imagine the kind of feeling my wife has for our two kids. Many times I had to stop reading, close my eyes, and ask myself: "Could this be really happening?" I couldn't help but wonder about the stuff of which women are made, because Sarah is a tough woman, sensitive, and rich in her humanity. It is inspiring to see how she gives life and nourishes it. The experience with Eli, her son suffering from cancer, is very touching and one that will inspire many people in the way they relate with their children. S. Jackson and A. Raymond have done a wonderful job in sharing experiences that will offer hope and provoke a silent revolution in the way most of us see women and life. It's a book that every man should read. And I mean every man!
There are some of those books for which we find no words and When Angels Fly is one of them. In this memoir, the authors show how a woman can find meaning and survive unimaginable suffering by connecting to her motherhood. It is a story of hope and the power of love and prayer. Although it will draw tears from your eyes as you read, it will inspire hope and courage. I love this book for the deep experience of the narrators and for the powerful lessons it offers.
When Angels Fly was certainly a tough memoir to write, but it had to be done. So many struggle with similar issues, and they need to know that they are not alone. The cycle of abuse is such that when leaving one bad situation, and falling into another is part of the cycle of abuse. Take a look at the positives, the points in helping others get out of abusive situations, the positives of being an advocate for your sick child, the positives of keeping a hold onto one's faith.
WORDS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT LOST A CHILD/ CHILDREN
Does it get any easier losing a child/ children? Somewhat... Is it possible for a parent to be happy their child/ children are perfect in Heaven above and feel peace with that? Sure... (It took me twenty-three years for Eli and somewhat less for Joshua) Can a parent ever "get over" losing a child/ children? No. This is the KING of loss. We can be happy that they are perfect in Heaven and sad at times when we miss them the most. Bereaved parents are continually re-writing each day as this is the new "normal." This won't change. We will think of our loss when other children reach milestones such as first tooth, first steps, first words, kindergarten, holidays, best friend, graduation, prom, falling in love, first kiss, learning to drive, getting married, the list is endless. The WORST things you can ever say to a parent who has suffered the KING of loss, ever after one, ten, twenty, or more years? "You should be over it by now," or "Move on with life." You see we are moving on with life, we just do it one hour or day at a time, re-writing life as we go along.
~S. Jackson, October 2014
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