Braving Sorrow Together Review

Book Review: 

Braving Sorrow Together addresses loss. Loss of control, jobs, homes, relationships, life, and more. It gives advice and thoughtful insight on what to do when you’re experiencing loss, and how to handle tough and painful situations.
This book is thoughtfully written by Ashleigh Slater, a wife and mother of four. She has suffered different losses all throughout her life, and this book is an engaging account of her stories. She has also included true life stories of others who have experienced similar trials, which also makes it an interesting read.
Throughout the book, in each aspect of loss she covers, she keeps mentioning how important it is to allow yourself to grieve. No matter how small or insignificant your loss may seem to you and others, it’s always healthy to grieve. Of course, we all know people grieve when their loved ones die, but often don’t think about that they may also need time to grieve when they experience a job loss or health loss.
One reason that this book was captivating to read is the references to movies, books, and other authors. Several times she mentions the movie Casablanca, and more than once Joni Eareckson Tada comes up. I’m a sucker for classic movie and book mentions, so when someone compares situations to renowned stuff like that, I’m all ears. (Or eyes, as may be the case in reading.)
The author also takes Bible figures like Leah and Judas and looks at the way they handled loss and the way they grieved. She makes interesting points that definitely make this book worthwhile to read - and purchase!
You might think you’re not grieving, haven’t experienced loss, so why would you bother reading this book? Let me give you three reasons why: (my own, not the author’s)
1. Chances are, sooner or later someone in your life will experience loss. Having read this book, you will better understand their loss and what they're going through, and how to help them.
2. This book will teach you to ask good questions to your grieving friend. The right kind of questions. Questions that will tell your friend you care, instead of questions that might make it sound like you’re judging them.
3. If you haven’t yet, sooner or later you will experience a loss that you’ll need to grieve. It is a sobering and scary thought, but an inevitable part of life. This book will prepare you for that. It’ll prepare you to go through loss and hard times with "grit and grace", as it explains on the back cover of the book.
About the author:
Ashleigh Slater is also the author of the book Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment, and Cooperation in Marriage. With over twenty years of writing experience and a master's degree in communication, she loves to combine the power of a good story with practical application to encourage and inspire readers. She and her husband, Ted, married in 2002 and have four daughters.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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