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Book Review: Hating Heidi Foster by Jeffrey Blount

Hating Heidi Foster by Jeffrey Blountimages (15)

Reviewed by Jackie Paulson © 2012

I was given a free copy of this emotional roller coaster young adult novel which is about the suffering, loss of a loved one, and grief.  When the main character, Mae McBride decides that her best friend is not her best friend any longer, the story shows us how they reunite in such a magical way.

What causes Mae and Heidi to have a departing conflict is the fact that when the house is caught on fire, Mae’s father saves Heidi’s life and dies a hero.

First off I can relate to having a loved one die, which many can who would read this book.  The book shows the stages of grief among the character that are a reality and can be something I relate to as well as you.

NOTE: (My real mother died when I was five and she was 33), so I can really relate to all of the characters emotions in the stages of grief and loss.

Secondly, the story is short and easy to read in one sitting (105 pages total).

Thirdly, I could feel the emotions and the compassion in each character as true to life as well.

Fourthly, I think it would be easy to place blame on the “dead father” for saving Heidi.  It is such a reality to envision this story as real.  I also can see the two best friends take the stance they did in the story and then later realize the regret and silliness to only make up and become life time friends forever, learning from the experience.

This would be a great book for any age group but it is aimed towards young adults.  If you decide to read this book please comment below of what you thought of it, thank you, © 2012 Jackie Paulson

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Grieving God’s way by Margaret Brownley

Grieving God‘s way by Margaret Brownley

Christian life

A 90 Day Devotional
The path to lasting Hope and Healing

Margaret lost her son due to an illness his name was Kevin.  Three
years after his death Margaret could finally write again and thus
producing her lasted book.
“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths.”  Psalm  25:4

Have you lost someone close to you?  Death to most is such a traumatic
event.  Grieving is talked about in Kübler Ross’s books and Hope
Elderman and now Margaret Brownley.

Everyone grieves in their own way,  “Did God forsake me,”  seems to be
the biggest questions after a loved one has died in our lives.
Often times by our loss we often don’t know where to turn for our own
It is not healthy to suppress or ignore our feels and emotions.  What
Margaret does is provide and inspire us by her 90 Day devotional that
will guide you through the grief steps.  She follows a plan only God
could of shown her given her in order to overcome her own sons death
but to be able to write such an exceptional devotional.
I found the book offers insight into my own healing and grief and the
scriptures she extends warmed my heart.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who lost a loved one to death
for any reason.

Thank you for the free book copy for my review: BOOKSNEEZE
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© 2012 Jackie Paulson