Life Resumed

Christian - Non-Fiction
253 Pages
Reviewed on 06/03/2022
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Author Biography

Paulina has a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and is professionally and personally acquainted with devastating pain and loss. She has worked with youth and families in various capacities including crisis intervention. God, always present in her life, became her anchor through her personal experiences with various tragedies including the recent loss of three siblings in one year.

Paulina has authored five books (three on grief recovery), facilitates "Healing from Loss" workshops and shares her story on a variety of platforms by way of offering hope and encouragement.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite

It is inevitable that, sooner or later, we have to face a tragic or sad event. Whether it is the loss of a loved one or the end of a relationship, the feelings we experience are often anger and grief, and we may also feel a sense of loneliness and betrayal. If you are in this situation, Life Resumed by Paulina R. Jaramillo will be helpful. Thanks to her accurate observations, the beautiful images, and many quotes (from the Bible and other authors), plus the writing exercises, you will be able to get out of your distressed state and start living again. This book also includes many sections that relate to children facing a loss, so it is recommended if you need to support a young person.

I believe that Life Resumed is the perfect read for those facing the loss of a loved one (whatever the reason), mainly because it is a practical book. Anyone who already jots down their thoughts knows the benefits of writing, and that is just what Jaramillo invites her readers to do. Her explanations are short but effective, and I found them especially valuable when she talks about children. It is not always easy to help kids get through tough times, but here is a clear guideline on how to do it, which is valuable to adults. I recommend this book to anyone experiencing a dark period. After reading this book, it will be much easier to look to the future.

Vincent Dublado

Life Resumed by Paulina R. Jaramillo is a thoughtful and comforting work of self-help that helps you to overcome grief and loss. It is a book with a solid purpose that will help you to name and own your behavior and emotions often present as a result of a catastrophic event or other loss. It helps you to examine the source and nature of your feelings to release them. Moreover, it teaches you to let go of that which constrains you from moving on, by connecting with a Higher Power and using your own strength as well as the support of others. Inhibitions have no place on the pages of this book - you are given free rein to be yourself as you work through the activities it provides. It is a book dedicated to all who have lost loved ones or have been adversely affected in any way by the pandemic or other catastrophic events.

Paulina R. Jaramillo gives people something to believe in and something to hope for. Life Resumed provides readers with a sense of structure and a roadmap for navigating these turbulent times we live in. As a faith-based book, it significantly provides a large positive impact on mental health. There has been much research and literature on the power of faith and spirituality and how it contributes to reducing suicide rates, depression, alcoholism, and substance abuse. Jaramillo writes with a genuine feeling of empathy as she gives spiritual and emotional support from her own experiences and professional orientation. As a workbook, it sparks you to reflect and express yourself, to open up and let out your emotions as a helpful step toward healing. Life Resumed is a useful self-help workbook that anyone experiencing a personal crisis should pick up, read, and work with.

Rabia Tanveer

Life Resumed by Paulina R Jaramillo is a self-help book for people suffering from mental health issues after the COVID pandemic. The people who got infected and the people who had to stay locked inside because of the pandemic were equally hit by the after-effects of COVID. Quarantine and lockdowns affected the mental health of everyone in the world. Jaramillo shares a game plan with readers to accept, recognize, and defeat the issues; to “reclaim” their lives once and for all. The author takes the readers step by step from planning to execution to moving forward; this book has it all.

Faith plays a vital role in the progress of any individual’s mental health journey. Instead of making the book all about faith or about fighting the demons, Paulina Rael Jaramillo offers a perfect balance of both to make sure readers can get all the help they want to do better and get better. She doesn’t just give tips and advice but shares what can be done in the real world situation and what can be achieved with people in various stages in their lives. Her advice is universal and can be applied to anyone. Dividing the book into three parts, Life Resumed (after lockdown and after loss), Life Regained, and Life Reconnected is the best way to approach this topic. I appreciated the chapter on children and the whole After Loss subchapter. As someone who came close to losing her life twice because of COVID, this helpful and encouraging book has been a godsend. I highly recommend it!