3 out of 4 stars
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I don't think anyone can ever understand the grief of losing a child without experiencing it. Losing a loved one is always hard to bear, but I think it's on a whole different level when it's one's child. In Heaviest Calm by Sherine Anniruth, we get to feel a mother's grief for her son's death through touching and inspiring poems and quotes.
Sherine lost her eldest son, Nadeem, when he was just 25. The author tells us that living without him is a struggle that she faces each day. She, therefore, dedicates the book to everyone who has lost a loved one and encourages them to continue to cherish the memories of their lost loved ones.
Aside from encouraging readers to take advantage of the therapeutic effects of writing when in grief, I think the poems in this book would help readers who have lost someone understand that they are not alone. I appreciated the author's message of hope and love. But what I like most about this book is the author's message that grief is not a bad thing but a price of love. Through the poems and quotes, readers would also understand that grief is different for each individual and learn to accept the loss of their loved ones and hope to reunite with them again in the afterlife. I also love how the author reminds us to love one another as if there's no tomorrow.
Furthermore, I enjoyed the colorful pages in the book. The pictures of exotic flowers formed the background for the texts, which made the book appealing. I also liked some of the poems, especially the ones with rhymes. Some of them were so touching that I struggled to hold back my tears. I must also commend the author's use of metaphors and personification to breathe life into her words. More so, I found some quotes in the book to be very inspiring. My favorite one reads: "You cannot always be happy, but you can always be brave. And that would be the beginning of everything good in your life." I concur!
Nevertheless, most of the poems and quotes in the book didn't have titles, making it hard to easily allude to them or even tell prospective readers my favorite one. Also, some of them appeared more than once, thereby detracting from my enjoyment of the book. The book's editing leaves a lot to be desired, as I also found over ten errors during my read. Honestly, I wish the author would look into these issues so that the title can live up to its promise.
In conclusion, I enjoyed most of the quotes and poems in the book, and I loved that some of them were from the author's husband. However, the poor editing and uninspiring organization let the publication down. I wish I could give it 2.5 stars because that's the rating I think it deserves. But since that's not possible here, I am rating the book 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to readers who have lost a loved one, especially those who enjoy poems and short quotes.
The heaviest calm
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