“Braving Sorrow Together” was a tough book to read because it brought me face-to-face with grief from relationships that aren’t what I hoped they would be. But author Ashleigh Slater doesn’t leave me there in the pit of hard memories. With her words, she pointed me to Jesus and reminded me God has given me a community that also doesn’t look like I expect in the best ways possible. We have to grieve what we’ve lost to make room for the new things God is doing.
“‘God’s in His heaven, all’s right with the world,’ Anne Shirley says in Anne of Green Gables. When you and I experience loss, it often feels like this couldn’t be further from the truth. Yet when we choose to brave sorrow, together, allowing faith to transform us and our community to uphold us, we can courageously echo these words, believing that the Author of my story, and your story, is with us even when life is hard and the world feels anything but right.”
–Ashleigh Slater in “Braving Sorrow Together”
What I’ve learned from my sorrowful days of when my father-in-law died unexpectedly seven years ago, when Greg and I experienced infertility when we wanted to start a family more than a decade ago, when I walked with my best friend through a hard season in her marriage, and most recently when my grandpa died is that we are better together and the joy does come. Ashleigh captures these mixed emotions and the basic truth that we’ve all known sorrow.
Braving sorrow takes courage, but at least we don’t have to face life’s disappointments and grief alone. Just notice the subtitle: The Transformative Power of Faith and Community When Life is Hard. It’s true, folks.
Remembering others can say, “Me too!” when
we share a hard part of our story is valuable.
About the book
“Braving Sorrow Together” shares truth author Ashleigh Slater learned through her own heartache, includes stories from others, references unchanging Bible verses, and ends with a guide help foster community in your own life.
This 166-page paperback book was published by Moody Publishers (Oct. 3, 2017).
About the author
Ashleigh Slater is the author of the book, “Team Us: Marriage Together.” In her writing, she loves to unite the power of a good story with biblical truth and practical application to encourage readers. For more information visit AshleighSlater.com.
I received a free copy of this book for being part of a launch team, but these opinions are my own and true. I reviewed – and loved! – Ashleigh’s “Team Us,” so I was excited to read her new book, especially because doing real life together is a theme close to my heart. I even gave it a shout out on This House podcast when I was interviewed about my book and adoption last week. And, yes, I’ve mentioned this book in my complication of all the many good, new books that I’ve read recently.
Debbie Putman says
There is much truth here. Joy does come…but it takes a long time. And we do need others to walk with us instead of expecting things to be fine after a few weeks.
Yes, and how long is always unknown, which can certainly be hard. Glad you’re here, Debbie!
Joanne Viola says
Wonderful review and another to add to my ever growing “to read” list which has now become my “Christmas wish list” 🙂
My list is quite long too! 🙂
Michele Morin says
Sounds like a great book!
This must be Lauch Team Season! Everyone I know is on at least one!
So many good new books and launch teams!
SUSAN SHIPE says
You do such a good job with book reviews – me, not so much! We all process grief differently but it sure is nice to have someone to walk beside in the process!
I like book reviews – does that make me nerdy? 🙂 It’s always better to have someone, that’s for sure!
This books so good, Kristin. I am a fixer girl who is recovering from thinking she has to fix all the issues, so it sounds like one for me.
Oh, yes, I’m a fixer too. 🙂
Lisa notes says
This sounds like an important work. Doing grief is never easy. But it is often necessary in order to move forward. “We have to grieve what we’ve lost to make room for the new things God is doing.” “We are better together and the joy does come.” Amen!
Yes, I guess it’s true important work is often hard work. Thanks for being here, Lisa!