Finding The Good In Grief – Book Review
When you lose someone you love – no matter what the circumstances – it takes time to heal. Unfortunately, the process, necessity and importance of grieving are rarely taught or valued in our culture. Because other people are uncomfortable with our pain, they often encourage us to rush through the grieving process.
That’s why surrounding yourself with people who have suffered their own losses – gone through the process – and found healing on the other side is crucial to helping you navigate your way through your own situation. There is much wisdom to be gained from other people’s experiences.
John F. Baggett is one such person. John experienced loss in an unusual way. For 17 years, John was the father of a “gifted and talented young man with a bright and promising future”. Then, within a matter of weeks, everything changed.
Out of the blue, his son Mark began to exhibit inappropriate, incoherent, and violent behavior. At first, John suspected Mark might be on drugs. But soon, John learned that his son was experiencing something worse: the onset of schizophrenia, an incurable brain disease that not only stole Mark’s personality and changed him forever, but also changed John, too.
In Finding The Good In Grief – Rediscover Joy After A Life-Changing Loss, John F. Baggett draws upon his experiences and those of others to write about the journey through grief from a Christian perspective. For the framework of the book, John draws on – and expands upon – the five stages of grief that Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross originally identified many years ago in her classic book, On Death and Dying.
Over the years, I’ve read a lot of books on death, loss and grief, and can honestly say that Finding The Good In Grief is one of the most sensitive and beautifully written books I’ve come across. There are a number of things that I loved about this book, including:
- The incorporation of the author’s personal story into the book
- The inclusion of Scripture throughout the book
- The questions at the end of each chapter that move the reader towards healing
If you have suffered any kind of loss or lived through any type of tragedy, I cannot recommend Finding The Good In Grief by John F. Baggett highly enough for your healing journey.
About John F. Baggett
Rev. Dr. John F. Baggett is a United Methodist pastor, counselor and mental health professional who has served as the Executive Director of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of North Carolina and as the Director of the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. John is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, the Association of Christian Therapists, and other pastoral associations.
John has written several books, including Seeing Through The Eyes Of Jesus and his most recent book, Finding The Good In Grief. John is also a contributing author to the Handbook of Mental Health Administration and Management.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications for review purposes. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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