Saturday, August 31, 2013

Book Review 2013... #10 Mourning Song by Joyce Landorf

I am not going to do a review of this book using my "usual" format.  It really didn't lend itself to that, more because of the subject matter than its structure.

This was a very difficult book for me to read largely because it was written about the author's experiences with her mother's death.  That is a difficult subject for me and, frankly, I just didn't want to visit those emotions this past summer. 

There are 2 primary reasons why I will not be recommending this book.
#1  I found some of the author's insights to be a bit too simplistic.  Grief is so complicated.  Perhaps I felt that way because of my own resistance to  go deeper into it, but that is my impression.
#2  Near the end of the book the author suggests that the only way to complete our healing of grief is to forgive God for allowing our loved ones to die.  Everything in me rejects that!  God cannot do anything that is unrighteous that needs to be forgiven!  

So there you have it.  I'm sure there are much better books than this on dealing with grief.  If I stumble upon one, I'll let you know.  The good news is that now I have a book that I can use the pages to practice some of those nifty book page crafts with!


  1. I suspect that I would feel the same way! Point #1 is cause for doubt, but point #2? Absolutely NOT! Forgive God? Our gracious Heavenly Father who does only good? Ludicrous.

    Ummmm...did I say that I hate controversy? I do. But I had to say this.

  2. I agree. The author might not have a relationship with God if she thinks that.

  3. I agree! I tend to think the author doesn't have much of a relationship with God if she thinks that.