4 out of 4 stars
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The book Restored by Marilyn Willis is a self-help book for those going through the loss of a loved one and would most appeal to someone going through the process of bereavement. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars, both because it is so well written grammatically and because it provides the reader with many different ways and steps on the road to their healing. I found no obvious grammatical error; the book seemed professionally edited and was exceptionally well put together. One thing I very much liked about this book was the compassion that the writer displayed, as well as their use of other people’s experiences so the reader does not feel alone.
The book provides the reader with a faith-based way to help deal with the loss of a loved one. More than that it gives an array of activities and different types of advice for all age groups, sexes, and types of loss that the reader may be suffering from. It goes into some detail about the different thought processes of each group as well, explaining just how it may affect someone and what can be done to lessen the impact. It provides handy graphs, along with some charts and images that keep the book visually interesting and serve as pointers to the activities and help sections. The book also uses these graphics to explain a variety of things, from the different ways that people tend to cope with loss to things that should not be said to someone who is grieving. This is useful for both someone who is in the process of bereavement and wants to do it in a healthy way, allowing them time to move on then helping them to get back to their lives.
The activities this book provides are well thought out and seem as though they would be quite helpful for someone who is trying to take control of their grieving process. The activities are not long or tedious, but instead encourage the reader to reflect on their past with the person that they lost; it gets them to recount all of the good times that they had together and allows them to move past their loss easier.
This book incorporates religion in that it uses Christian bible verses and ideas with some frequency, meant to give the reader hope and encouragement in their time of need. It seamlessly blends these bits in, pulling scripture from the bible and applying it to what the book is talking about. This is particularly helpful for those who are not only struggling with their loss but with their relationship to God as they are trying to accept that their loved one is gone.
One thing that I personally disliked was how lengthy some of the personal stories could get. This is my opinion though, as stories like those with more details may allow the reader to relate with them more. The variety of personal stories was quite large and, if the reader was not able to find something to relate to in one of them, they could easily find it in any of the other stories. The author made sure to include stories about losing various family members and friends, as well as the different ways that they were lost. It is because of this and the attention to detail that I give the book 4 stars and not 3.
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