Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Good Healing Book

Based off the recommendation of Chelsea (McMomma) I bought this book before we headed off to Seattle to be with Caitlin after my niece, Arabella (cute photos here), was born. But much to my dismay it didn't arrive at the house until after we left. In Seattle, I started to really feel good about our prospects (hence this post) and my body was feeling good. My anxiety issues are almost gone and fixing my diet and seeing Lloyd's specialist is really helping (we were both diagnosed with gluten intolerance last week though! Whirlwind of crazy, but huge improvements already in both of us!). But once I got home and re-settled I picked up Angie Smith's incredible words.
Angie Smith, I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy
They blew me out of the water. Every night I would read more, Coach would come to bed after rocking our chatty boy, and tears would be streaming down my face. Streaming. Her words reached into me. Her links to the bible were so insightful. Even as a converted Episcopalian/Catholic who grew up never talking about faith with people or reading anything faith-filled (after all, isn't that what The Rev was for? Who needs theology when you're a priests kid), it was incredible.
Angie Smith, I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy
I think, even if you haven't lost a child, a baby, a pregnancy--this book is incredible. I'd recommend it to anyone whose family or friend has lost a baby. It'll help you understand, because there's so much about the time during and after the loss that we cannot even vocalize. Then the residual things that may seem odd. Trust me, Angie touches on it all. I'm so glad I read it. And I was so into it I ended up going back and underlining the parts that called to me the most.
Angie Smith, I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy
Thanks Angie. For sharing.
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