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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Picking Up The Shards by Anita M. Oommen is a poignant memoir that throws light on the author's traumatic experience of being rejected and abandoned by her mother and how she found solace in God during her times of trouble and struggle. The betrayal that she experienced helped her discover herself and led to the mother-heart of God where she realized God is also a mother to the motherless, literally and figuratively. Anita M. Oommen's vulnerability, honesty, and the glimpses into her personal life give awareness and details about her relationship with God, which is like the unconditional and sacrificial love of a father and the compassion and tenderness of a mother. Every chapter points readers towards recovery and healing, and the author's freedom from the tentacles of trauma and rejection that held her back from many aspects of life will inspire readers to discover God's maternal heart.
This book is about understanding, healing, and growing in relationships, and the author gives Reflection Questions and Words of Encouragement at the end of each chapter. This is a good tool for readers who are looking for recovery from trauma and self-healing. The personal stories and experiences shared in the book are heartbreaking, and they also testify to faith in hope and healing. The emotions are raw and honest and will encourage readers who find themselves in similar situations to go into their past and process the events slowly and practice compassion. Truth is bright and it is always important to reach out. This is a good book for those who are in the process of picking up the shards of their lives and getting past their traumas. Anita M. Oommen's story also gives voice to readers with similar stories and tells them that it is not too late to heal the past and build a future with resilience.