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Ladena Jackson had been married to Gary for thirty-seven years. Gary was the absolute love of her life, and they had gone through bright and dark days together in those thirty-seven years and had grown through their many experiences. Things took a new turn for them when Gary was diagnosed with moderate to severe emphysema in 2016. The condition caused Gary to breathe badly and constantly cough up an enormous amount of fluids. In this book, Ladena documented the uncommon happenings that pointed to the heartbreaking outcome she rejected on her husband's behalf on different occasions. On Thursday, December 15th, 2016, Ladena’s greatest fear came to pass. She lost her husband, and it changed her life and very being forever. Find out how she went through what was the toughest season of her life as documented in Thursday by Ladena Jackson.
I loved that Ladena was meticulous enough to document events with specific dates attached to them in this book. You could tell that she prepared herself well enough to tell her story with no detail left aside. She wrote her story from a place of absolute honesty and vulnerability, and those factors will make the book's content very relatable to a demographic of readers who have experienced or are currently experiencing the loss of a loved one. Ladena’s absolute trust in God’s ability to take her by the hand and walk her through life after her loss was truly inspiring. While a lot of people get angry and lose faith in God in the aftermath of the loss of a loved one, the author’s faith in God seemed to have even grown stronger after the loss of her husband. That will definitely guide hearts straying away from God due to the loss of a loved one back to him.
The assurance with which Ladena wrote about Gary was beautiful to read. She had no iota of doubt that he was in heaven. It showed great trust in the character, person, and principles of her husband. They clearly had a union worthy of emulation, especially in a world where love relationships and marriages barely last half a decade.
I found absolutely nothing to dislike about Thursday by Ladena Jackson. It was concise, well thought out, and beautifully organised. It had an impeccable flow to it. The unpredictability of the book’s content from its title was one of the most interesting things about it.
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. I found a few errors in it, but it was undoubtedly professionally edited. I couldn't find a reason to remove a star from it because the errors weren't enough to warrant that.
I recommend Thursday by Ladena Jackson to readers who are grieving the loss of someone very dear to their hearts. By sharing her experience, Ladena gave a blueprint for the right mindset to have when dealing with loss and the grief that comes with it.
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