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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Life brings about several types of challenges and Dana Goodman knows it first hand and all too well as she shares with us her story, In the Cleft (Joy Comes In the Mourning). When Dana was young, her grandmother, with whom Dana had a very special relationship, died of cancer; years later her husband died at only thirty, leaving her with their two very young sons, Zach and Carter. After losing her husband, several other loved ones would be diagnosed with cancer as well, from her son Zach to her mother-in-law. Would Dana be able to handle these challenges? Who can she turn to for help in softening the blow? Where can she go when it appears that disaster is striking at every turn? God? “Never in my life had God seemed so puny, powerless and distant,” Dana said. How will her relationship with God be affected? Will she continue to believe in Him or turn her back on Him and leave the faith? In the Cleft (Joy Comes In the Mourning), Dana Goodman gives an account of how she dealt with the highs and lows of sickness, death and her relationship with God.
I was captivated by the title: In the Cleft (Joy Comes In the Mourning) by Dana Goodman and found it to offer a poignant account of how we must live each day as if it’s our last because nothing is promised. I loved how Dana Goodman was transparent in how she dealt with each tragedy and the love and support that she experienced along the way. Everyone will experience their own form of tragedy at one point or another so I challenge you to enjoy life each day as if it’s your last. This means that wondering about bills, fighting, or pondering about what you are lacking is immaterial because tomorrow you could either experience sickness or death.