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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
Although life can often be a wonderful journey of learning and amazing experiences, it can sometimes feel like an endless struggle. So, how can we remain resilient during these challenging times and manage to see the bigger picture? Using personal and biblical stories, discover how one family realized that through their faith and expression of gratitude they were able to learn valuable lessons from tragic events. Follow one remarkable woman's journey as she faced the loss of two young children, a husband battling kidney disease and colon cancer and another son with bi-polar. Although many people would crumble under the stress, she found solace in the belief that there were lessons to be learned that would ultimately strengthen her spiritually. Everyone is affected by challenges, bereavement, and heartache at one time or another, but what you choose to focus on can subsequently empower you in ways you never thought possible.
A Thirst for the Infinite by Judy Lloyd is an exceptionally heartfelt account that touched me emotionally. Although there are many books on the subject of bereavement and coping with life's challenges, this book delves deeper into the human mindset. The personal accounts, especially the chapters covering losing her children, were heartbreaking to read because they were written so eloquently and summarized so much emotion in a few well-chosen words. I thought the statement that doubt and fear cannot reside in the mind at the same time as faith was very powerful. The chapter dealing with the refiner's fire regarding how we decide to deal with challenges was also extremely thought-provoking. The explanation into the toxic shame and guilt we feel and why this is detrimental was fascinating. It was also very humbling to me that she found gratitude in events that most of us would ignore, but it is something that we can all learn from. I think anyone who is facing challenging times will gain so much warmth and encouragement from reading A Thirst for the Infinite by Judy Lloyd. You will definitely have a remarkable change of perspective the next time you have to face adversity.