Learning To Jump Again

A Memoir of Grief and Hope

Christian - Non-Fiction
164 Pages
Reviewed on 11/06/2012
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Reviewed by Robert Rose for Readers' Favorite

From his personal journals concerning his efforts to cope with the unexpected illness and eventual death of his father through pancreatic cancer, Anthony Weber weaves a gut-wrenching, honest sharing of his grief. He explains his withdrawal from his loved ones as he fears that death could again, without warning or logic, take another loved one, his wife, two sons, mother, sister, or some other relative. His father, like his grandfather, was a lay minister who exemplified all the character traits that enabled them to lead others to belief and the comforts, peace, and strength that religious convictions offer for many. They believed in the goodness of people, but were not blind to human frailty and bad choices. He remembers lovingly the times he committed serious errors of judgment or lack of character and how his dad used it as means to teach tolerance and forgiveness and to see errors as teaching and learning opportunities. He takes you through his long journey as he admits his frailties and errors in dealing with others and as he questions God, but his faith remains strong.

This is a superb book about dealing with grief, but it is much more! It is a book that teaches the power of faith. For Christians it should be read in conjunction with the Bible. His power as a poet and a writer, and his abundant use of the Bible and other quotations from many sources build a structure to have or increase faith.