The Englewood Review of Books
Best Books of 2022
“One of the best books I’ve read in ages…a profound, mystical, and even haunting book that will be a faithful companion to all of us who have seen trouble.”
― Sarah Bessey
Author Amanda Held Opelt is also well acquainted with sorrow and deep grief. A series of losses, including three miscarriages, the death of her grandmother, and the catastrophic illness and subsequent death of her beloved sister, author Rachel Held Evans, set Opelt on a search for understanding the deep sorrow that she was experiencing. As a thoughtful writer with the courage to pose difficult questions about the nature of grief and what makes loss and bereavement particularly challenging in these times, Opelt researched many of the ways in which humans have developed grief rituals. The result is a very helpful book that will speak to any reader who desires to better understand their own journey, or to be helpful to others in the navigation of great loss.
– from our review by Jennifer Burns Lewis…
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"This book will inspire, motivate and challenge anyone who cares a whit about the written word, the world of ideas, the shape of our communities and the life of the church."
-Karen Swallow Prior
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