The Greater Weight of Glory

A Memoir

Christian - General
272 Pages
Reviewed on 06/27/2019
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Author Biography

Robin Farnsworth is an award-winning author and speaker. She and her husband Calvin live on Cape Cod, where they run Higher Ground Outreach, a Christian non-profit for incarcerated men and women.
On duty as an ER nurse in 2002, Farnsworth identified her son, Spencer, minutes after he was pronounced dead. He was the unintended target of a murder. So begins her memoir, The Greater Weight of Glory, an extraordinary journey that explores the power of faith and forgiveness with rare candor and courage. In 2016, WCVBTV Boston's Chronicle interviewed Robin and one of the men in prison for her son's murder, highlighting their "unlikely friendship." It is a story you won't forget.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Greater Weight of Glory is a powerful memoir penned by author Robin Farnsworth. Depicting the heart-wrenching story of how the author herself came to God, and her relationship with her son Spencer before and after his untimely death, this harrowing yet inspiring tale takes a deep look at religion, faith, and understanding amid the trials of the modern world. Robin and her son Spencer both come to God at different times and for different reasons in their lives, and the story seeks to illustrate how that enlightenment and discovery comes from the darkest moments of our lives, developing into something more eternal and life-changing as time moves on.

I found The Greater Weight of Glory to be a truly compelling read whether it is read from a Christian perspective or not. Though the subject matter deals with discovering God and faith through our trials, author Robin Farnsworth presents her experiences openly, without recommendation or pushiness, and exposes every raw moment of her pain for us to really understand how faith helped her through. These inspirational messages are seamlessly woven into the narrative without stopping abruptly, and the biblical passages included are apt and well arranged to add to the formation of ideas rather than stop for a ‘lesson’ of sorts. Overall, The Greater Weight of Glory is an extremely well-written memoir packed with heart, and will certainly serve as both an interesting read and a source of extreme comfort to those who have dealt with family grief in their lives.

Rebecca Buffum

I was working the night Spencer was brought in to our ER. Robin was one of the receiving nurses in that trauma room. The room was full of lifesaving equipment. Every attempt was made to save his life, still unbeknownst to everyone, that this was Robin's son. That night will forever be etched in his honor and being reminded of how precious life is. As a mother, would you take to your bed and never want to rise - would you self medicate to take the pain away? Robin found her strength in God. A very strong bond of strength. Strength to allow her to see beauty and peace again. This is heartfelt, encouraging and beautiful. Thank you, Robin, and thank you, God, for your neverending love, guidance and presence ❤