Sunday, August 7, 2011

What I'm Reading

Hi and Happy Sunday everyone!  It's a clear sunny day in Orlando, hot as can be and feels like a sauna. But I know that it would feel cool to some of the rest of the country and the horrible temperatures they are experiencing. At least every day we get closer and closer to cooler weather.

Went to 9:30 church this morning, where Revelation 3:30 played for the Offertory. Rachel played the piano, Christian played the guitar, and Olivia, Dalton and Emma sang. I don't remember the name of the song, but it was played beautifully. I know everyone enjoyed it. There might or might not be a video, watch this space for more information!

So I thought it would be fun for me to list what I'm reading right now, because it's a LOT of books!

First, grief books.

Healiing After Loss, Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief, by Martha Whitmore Hickman. Mom gave me this book, and it's wonderful. That's what I'm commenting on with my new blog, Sherry's Daily Words.

Remembering With Love, Messages of Hope for the First Year of Grieving and Beyond, by Elizabeth Levang, Ph.D., and Sherokee Ilse. This book was sent to me by Uncle Scotty. Mom gave him this copy, but he said I could keep this one.  This is a wonderful book that has many short messages and meditations, just about all my attention span can hold when I'm having a tough time. I will give this book to others who are grieving.

A Time To Grieve Book One, Journeying Through Grief, by Kenneth C. Hauck. This is a series of 4 short books put out by the Stephen Ministries of the Methodist Church.  Debbie Jones loaned these to me, and I've only barely started reading.

I Wasn't Ready To Say Goodbye, surviving, coping & healing after the sudden death of a loved one, by Brook Noel and Pamela D.Blair, Ph.D. This is another book that Mom gave me, and it is terrific. While it has many things that are geared to the sudden loss of a loved one, almost everything it says touches me deeply. These two women are wonderful authors and share their own stories in a way that makes it easy to understand. I'm reading it a bit slowly - my attention span for grief books isn't long, but I think that's okay.

So, that's all the grief books, so now the "regular" books.

Little Earthquakes, by Jennifer Weiner. This is a story about 4 women who meet in late pregnancy, and their interactions after their births and learning to be moms. I'm enjoying it mostly, but reading it very slowly.

Bleeding Kansas, by Sarah Paretsky, author of the VI Warshawski detective series. This is not a detective book, but a story about a family set in present-day Kansas in a small town, and how they deal with things that come up. It's a very emotional book - I'm not sure I love it, but it's worth finishing anyway.

The Sinner, by Tess Gerritsen. This is the third in a series of detective novels featuring Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles, and this one I definitely love.  Tess Gerritsen is a great writer who I am enjoying thoroughly. I have this checked out as an E-book so am reading it on the computer. On deck with this series is The Mephisto Club, Vanish, and Ice Cold,  with one more on hold in E-books.

Although I'm not currently reading a book from this series, I've come to enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse novels, about Sookie, a human with a small bit of supernatural power, and her love and involvement with vampires. This is definitely fun and lighthearted, and a very enjoyable read. I've finished the first 4 books, and on deck is Desperately Dead. These are by Charlaine Harris.

Also on deck is Heaven is For Real. I have already read this once, but when I saw I could check it out as an E-Book I wanted to read it again. It is a wonderful story about a little boy's near-death experience and his perception of heaven.

So, that's my reading life as of now! That's a lot of books to be juggling, right?

It has now reached the time of day when David and I must visit our pool for a dip, so I will sign off for now.

Peace and Love to Everyone!


Canada said...

I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye is the best non-religious book I have read on grieving from an unexpected death.
The book helps in many different ways. First, you get advice on the help you need immediately after the death. Second, you learn about the various ways that you may be affected. Third, you find out how long the effects may last. Mourning in these situations takes much longer than I realized. Fourth, you find out how to help others grieve. Fifth, you find many old beliefs questioned that don't seem to be true. Sixth, you get help with dealing over the long term. In part two, there are stories that relate to different types of sudden losses: a friend, a parent, a child, a partner, and a sibling. The third part deals with practical resources for recovering including self-help, therapy, exercises, organizations and support choices (including books).

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