Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sneezing Sunday- Grieving G-d's Way

Grieving God's WayThe Path to Lasting Hope and Healing By Margaret Brownley 

"Take a deep breath. The physical and emotional stress of grief can do an enormous amount of harm to the mind and body. we become so caught up in our pain we literally forget to breathe."

This book has come at a pertinent time in mine and my family's lives. 6 months after one grandmother died, another grandmother was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. 

I am a mess.
I keep crying in odd public places like buying stamps at the post office.
After we lost a baby, our daughter Lily, I did not grieve well. This blog was actually begun at the urging of my best friend. I had locked away a lot of myself and stopped writing completely. 
I am determined to get through this with out loosing myself along with someone I love.

This book is set up as a 90-day devotional healing experience. Rather than just thoughts for the day, there are exercise to do in order to work through the grief process. The book is divided into four categories—body, soul, heart, and spirit. Under each category are readings that offers insight into the process that increases understanding of G-d's purposeful plan for healing the heart and soul.
My mother has always told me that G-d gives us shock as a gift to get us through catastrophe. Margaret Brownley also touches on this. What I have noticed through the lives of others is one can get "stuck" in the stages of grief or that by the time the world thinks you should be moving on, that is when you need a friend the most. This book is written like that friend. No psycho babble, just gentle prodding to encourage healing.

"The ultimate purpose of stopping is to ensure that when we go, we go in the direction that we want and that we are not just reacting to the pace of our lives, but choosing, moment to moment, what is best. The ultimate reason for stopping is going." - Dr. David Kunditz

"Some people live as if they have an emotional credit card.....instead of daling with the loss, they ignore it, pretend it didnt happen, or relegate it to the future. Unresolved grief compounds interest at an alarming rate, For the greatest emotional security and peace of ind, make sure all grief is paid in full."  "No Loss is too old or too small to grieve" -  Margaret Brownley

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, October 22, 2012

LGW Socks Series-In Coming

Around 4 years ago, my daughter was reading the Looking Glass Wars books by Frank Beddor.
They wanted socks for the books. So I sat down and created a series of socks inspired by the stories for them.
Then we moved.

I recently found the files. I had forgotten all about them.
When I put out a request for testers on Ravelry, I was swamped with about 30 responses.
Which is amazing!
If things go well, I may glean from those testers some who I may want to test for "the book".
(The secret book deal details will come forth in the future.)

The Ebook will contain 5 patterns. 4 socks and 1 shawl.
More info will be available here:  and in the Yarn Yenta's Meshugas Group.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sneezing Sundays- GK Chesterson

My friend Lesa nudged me in the direction of BookSneeze. Crazy name but a cool concept.

I review for BookSneeze®

The last 5 years for the shul, I have picked out a "Book of the Month" for us to read and discuss together. We have gone through alot of books! We have a Summer Reading list rather than a single book. We are at around 100 books that we have read so far. This is a cyber version.

Almost all of the books are religious, so that is your warning. They are not KNITTING books.

The first book I have been given is

A Year with G. K. Chesterton 365 Days of Wisdom, Wit, and Wonder By Kevin Belmonte 

This is an author whose name keeps coming up the last few months, so I was eager to actually read something by him. While you may not know the name, G.K. Chesterton has influences in our modern world today. C.S. Lewis attributes his conversion to Christianity to read G.K. 's book The Everlasting Man. Without him there could be no Narnia! This year a crater on the surface of Mars was named Chesterton after him as well. 

Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born about 100 years before I came along. By the time my grandfather was born, G.K. had died just the week before.  

Chesterton wrote around 80 books, several hundred poems, some 200 short stories, 4000 essays beside the columns and plays. Choosing for such an immense body of work must have been daunting. Ever see an episode of The Father Brown Mysteries? Those are based off of his works as well.

A lot of daily books are all too often a bit of 'feel good' fluff, just a consoling word to make you feel better about yourself or the world around you. 365 days with G.K. Chesterton however is filled with words to make you think. "So the false optimism, the modern happiness, tires us because it tells us we fit into this world. The true happiness is that we don't fit."
The readings for each day, can not be skimmed, but need careful and thoughtful reading, to chew on them a bit. some common phrases in G.K. Chesterton's hands acquire a new twist.

"You should not look a gift universe in the mouth."

"Praised be G-d for all sides of life, for friends, lovers, art, literature, knowledge, humour, politics, and for the little red cloud away there in the west."

"They thought themselves secure...they believed themselves rich with an irrevocable benediction which set them above the stars; and immediately they discovered humility."

" We can only really understand all myths when we know that one of them is true."

"The modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone."

Kevin Belmonte has done a wonderful job choosing these gems. The book is full of the paradoxical, "making the hidden plain."  This book will be one that will be highlighted and dog-eared. I look forward to delving into the deep ocean of work G.K. Chseterton has left us.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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