Love for Our Afflictions

Allowing Pain to Pave the Way to Peace

Non-Fiction - Memoir
236 Pages
Reviewed on 11/21/2013
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Author Biography

"As I courageously sat down to write 'Love For Our Afflictions', I did so with blurred vision and a keyboard drenched from all the tears. As I wept and wrote, it was with the sincere hope that my story would one day help someone else. I wrote honestly-­‐-­‐sometimes to my detriment-­‐-­‐but inside are more truths and revelations than I thought would be revealed."

Ariana Carruth is a native Texan from the Texas Hill Country. A lifelong writer, Carruth found solace in a time of loss and uncertainty by writing her story. As she wept and wrote, she began to heal, and it was then she must share her story with others so they could find a similar comfort.

"This book (Love For Our Afflictions) will hopefully touch others with its powerful honesty. It addresses infidelity, pregnancy loss, raising children with special needs, life, death, grief, international movies, spirituality, Judaism conversion, marriage, family and so much more. It is a book about self-revelations. The story challenges us to 'allow' ourselves to move forward," says Carruth.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

In her memoir Love For Our Afflictions, author Arianna Carruth explains how she has attempted to manage emotional pain following several miscarriages and the infidelity of her husband. The couple has one child but is having difficulty carrying another child to term. When they again become pregnant, they find out they will have a special needs child. In between this, the author discovers her husband is having an affair. They seek counseling and, within two weeks, consider that they are healing the relationship and ready to again expand the family. They are then transferred to Norway where the author is initially disappointed. Eventually, she begins to see Norway as a home and when the couple returns to the USA, the author becomes disillusioned with the shallow lifestyle of Americans. There are ongoing issues with the special needs child but the couple elects to attempt to again conceive. There are family squabbles and the author loses her job and then, the pregnancy with the third child gets more complicated.

At times, it felt as if I was reading the same script several times. Love For Our Afflictions seemed to follow a predictable course in that the author would become disillusioned and then would find a way out and then, a crisis would again emerge. I never got a clear feeling that the couple was moving ahead but rather, they simply learned to become more cohesive while enduring the crises. Of course, that is itself a victory for a struggling marriage and the author deserves credit for staying the course. For me, the memoir was a bit victim-oriented but it does hold promise for giving comfort to other couples who struggle with like issues.