How Learning To Say Goodbye Taught Me How to Live

A Spiritual Memoir

Non-Fiction - Self Help
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 06/23/2015
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Author Biography

Joffre McClung is an independent filmmaker who was compelled to write her first book on spiritual growth by the profound experiences of seeing her best friend battle breast cancer. Joffre began her career as a theatre actress and producer, having spent most of her adult life in New York City, where she acted and produced several Off-Broadway productions. An avid student of spiritual literature and techniques since the early 1980s, Joffre taught herself filmmaking and wrote, produced, and directed two independent films with spiritual themes or overtones: Out of the Blue (1994) and Best Wishes (2002; winner of the “Spirit of the West Award”). Before moving back to Texas to care for her dying mother, she worked as a senior producer and writer for a media broadcast production company for over fifteen years. This book was born out of the inner work she did to move successfully through the personal losses she experienced and out of her determination to use these tragic events to reclaim her authentic self.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Nandita Keshavan for Readers' Favorite

How Learning To Say Goodbye Taught Me How to Live is an excellent book by Joffre McClung which addresses a range of subjects such as grief, loss, coping with financial troubles, and building inner spiritual strength. It is an account of real life events leading up to the death of her best friend, Rob, who was diagnosed with cancer. Although Joffre has intense emotions, she is determined that Rob will heal and cross over in a humane and more fulfilled way. As the story unfolds, I was transfixed by the number of difficulties they went through, and how bravely and wisely Joffre supported and advised her friend.

The book consists of twenty-six chapters, each of which contains new developments, spiritual work, and a clear lesson which is highlighted at the chapter end. Also, each chapter lists questions to encourage people to think more deeply about their own lives. The lessons are original and very candid, and they indicate how deeply spiritual and transformative the experience has been for the author. Through dedicated spiritual work, the author has gained a deeper and richer insight into human emotional and spiritual nature.

Joffre has taken a lot of support from her higher self to understand the problems she faced. With due diligence, reflection and meditation, she discovered wisdom within and supported her friend, Rob. Examples of the topics addressed in the lessons she learnt are: regarding the ego, feeling and understanding one's emotions and beliefs, understanding and connecting to the higher self, forgiving oneself, being grateful, avoiding making decisions for others, experiencing the liberating power of love, and other ways of honouring the sacred journey of life. The fundamental truths which Joffre has shared with the world are very transformative and empowering. This book is very moving and lucid and has a lot of practical advice for people struggling to overcome any problem in life.