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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
A Heart of Kindness by Wendy Comeau is a memorable and remarkable story of survival in the face of tragedy. Wendy opens her heart and tells her story of facing life after the heartbreaking loss of her parents, brothers and then young son Christopher to Batten Disease. Follow her journey as she learns not only how to face the future, but learns how to embrace life with joy once more. Facing life’s obstacles is never easy, whether it is the loss of a loved one, a relationship or job. You can either lose all hope or learn how to recognize that there is a life lesson to learn with every adversity. Throughout this book you will discover that change is inevitable and beneficial, the importance of treasuring moments with friends and loved ones, and the knowledge that you alone hold the keys to your happiness. Healing begins with the first step and Wendy’s story of triumph will guide you through the haze of grief, and towards the path of self-acceptance and happiness.
The author has filled this well written book with so many useful coping mechanisms and techniques to survive the uphill struggle of life. It is such a powerful guide for anyone who has lost direction in life and needs to get back on track. Although this is Wendy's story, the techniques she shares can help anyone overcome grief and inspire change from negative to positive. I loved the pictures of Christopher at the end of the book; his zest for life and lack of self-pity are a true testament to his amazing character. There are many ah-ha moments throughout this book; the best for me was the analogy of walking through storms and reflecting on and appreciating what you have been through. I also discovered the importance of appreciation of family, not judging others and giving back to the community. This quote from the book sums up this amazing inspirational story for me: "Patience, persistence, and focus are important. Imagine life is a garden. What would you like to grow? A great job or business? A happy relationship? Children? Special goals and dreams? Planting idea seeds can start the process. Your action and energy will do the rest.” Marta Davidovich Ockuly (2017).