Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Stations of the Heart: Parting with a Son by Richard Lischer

This is the most heartbreaking book that I've read this year. Sigh.

Lischer's son, Adam, is diagnosed with cancer and dies about three months later. What makes this even more devastating is that he was only in his early 30s, and his wife was pregnant with their daughter.

Lischer writes how Adam faced his death and the spiritual practices that sustained him and his wife through the summer as his health declined.

This is a sad, sad book, but it was also beautiful at the same time. To read about Adam's life, the honesty of him and his family throughout the process, and the conversations and comments that make up life, grief, and loss was really an honor, just to get a glimpse into this family's most intimate and heartbreaking moments.

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