4 out of 4 stars
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Mike Murphy through his beautifully written book Living in Color: A love story, in sickness and in health take us through his and his late wife Margot’s magnificent yet heartbreaking journey of love, togetherness, and most of all determination. This memoir of his wife gives us a very close insight into their nine-year long battle against Margot’s cancer - the victories, the setbacks, the pain, the hope and most of all their resilience and the way they always remembered to live in color.
Shortly after Mike and Margot get together, Margot gets diagnosed with breast cancer. Mike stood by her all through it and as they believe, it connected them in deeper levels. The utmost beauty is in the way that Margot views cancer. She believes that cancer has helped her in being more spiritual and has taught her unconditional love. The way she is unafraid of death and what lies beyond is a trait that’s rarely found. The book also sheds light into Mike’s thoughts and emotions and subtly reminds us of the value of a caretaker and a pillar of strength in tough journeys like this. Picking yourself up from the agony, embracing the death of your wife, and finding peace with it, Mike takes us so closely through that phase.
The way Mike has written this book is the key reason why this story touch our hearts so deeply. The meticulousness with which he describes and convey the feelings and thought processes is remarkable.
The book helps the readers to have a deeper understanding of themselves and motivates them to be grateful for what they have, to live in the moment and to face whatever life throws at you with grace and positivity. It also makes them understand the importance of forgiving others and oneself and finding peace within.
Personally, I don’t think there’s anything to be disliked in this book. The book is written based on the last six months of Margot’s life and in between, the author reminiscence their whole journey. The book is professionally edited and easy to read.
I would like to give four out of four stars for the book. Because spirituality, afterlife, and Catholic beliefs are much talked about and given a high regard, readers who do not believe in those may not enjoy it as much. But if they do not bother you, go ahead and read. I recommend this to people who are dealing with cancer or any such diseases and loss of loved ones.
Living in Color
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