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Triumph Over Grief
ISBN: 0974003085
By Joyce Smith Williams
Review by: Rosa-Fay Milnar

5/15/04

This short ,72 page book with numerous pictures, hymns, letters, poems, songs and testimonials chronicles a 20 year period of intense grief experienced by the author who triumphs over her grief and channels her energy into helping others with their grief.

I truly wanted to give the author a great review in light of all she has experienced and the insurmountable odds she has faced; however, I found the book choppy and lacking in successful transitions. Although she balanced beautifully the telling of all the deaths in her family that were tragic with tributes and antidotes as well as spiritual hymns and poetry, they did not flow well with the body of the story of the death.

Over half the book deals with chronicling the deaths and yet personalizing them, the other half of the book contains details of Williams' life as she struggles with grief in seemingly unconnected ways such as her trips to the writing seminars and her vivid descriptions of the scenery there.

The book does, however, read easily and swiftly and her sentence structure is at times poetic and strong. She does not get maudlin, nor does she dwell on the death scenes in a way to turn off the reader. She does triumph at the end and the end continues in her case as she finds a new career in grief counseling. The book is touching in telling of what the human spirit can endure and overcome and is very spiritual in its outlook.





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