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Reviewed by Rebecca S Winner for Readers' Favorite
For the Former Things Have Passed Away by Janet Beasley is a Christian non-fiction book meant to help people deal with their grief. At the front of the book, there is a poem that Janet wrote about the deaths of her parents called One Day Closer To Home. There are instructions for a facilitator when the book is used by a group. This book reminds us that how we react to grief is our choice. It describes the ways in which Satan takes advantage of our grief, trying to make us turn away from God. Triggers, which are those things that instantly spark memories of your loved ones and can bring on grief, are listed and described. At the end of the book are 9 activities for an individual or a group that correspond with the chapters.
In For the Former Things Have Passed Away by Janet Beasley, I like that readers are told: “Your loss will never be all right, but you're going to be OK.” I love that the author tells people to take a picture of themselves when something happens to make them smile, to remind them later that there is still joy to be found in life. I appreciate that readers are told that the grieving process is different for everyone. I love that they are reminded how grief is not their enemy, Satan is. I like that the author has been through all the grief stages and can speak from experience. I enjoyed hearing that you can work through your grief using Scriptures. I l feel like the author is talking right to you. I think this book would be an important part of getting past grief to a life of joy.