Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Soul Sustenance: Living with the One You Cannot Live Without

Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

Best Selling Author Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. has hosted her own television segment, appeared regularly on National Public Radio (NPR), written her own nationally syndicated column, and appeared on Larry King Show, Sally Jesse Raphael, and Dr. Ruth, to name a few. She recently wrote Living Without the One You Cannot Live Without, is a collection of powerful, gritty, candid, and inspiring poems about living life after loss. It was recently named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2013.

I have to say, this was kind of a hard book to read, as it forced me to think about the possibility of loss of someone truly close. I've lost friends and family before, so the feelings explored in this book were familiar, but it was challenging to think about losing a parent, a spouse, a child. At the same time, it was comforting. Comforting in the sense that we're never alone in our loss, comforting in the sense that there can be light and joy after the darkness. The poems are beautiful and tug at the heartstrings, uplifting the mind and spirit, and helping to provide expression for feelings that are difficult to put into words.

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