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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Yelling at God: A Memoir of Surviving Trauma by Colleen Cody is a moving memoir that details how the author dealt with her husband’s near-fatal accident. After spending the weekend with friends in their Jersey Shore Condo, Tom drove to their Pennsylvania home to pick up a new car and bring their son back with him. Twenty minutes later, his wife, Colleen, got a notification on her phone that his Apple watch had taken a hard fall. This was the beginning of her traumatic journey as she soon learned that Tom had broken his legs, bruised his lungs, and had a brain bleed from a car accident. In shock, one of her first reactions is to yell and bargain with God. This memoir is her day-to-day ordeal as she dealt with her shock, helped her children manage their fears, supported Tom during his long recovery, and reclaimed their lives.
Colleen Cody’s Yelling at God is written to encourage others who might find themselves in a similar situation. The narrative structure is in diary form, making the harrowing experience vivid, authentic, and tangible. There are a lot of practical lessons that readers can learn from this memoir on preparing for and managing a similar experience. The best lesson, however, is to keep the courage and determination that things will work out well in the end. With the support of family and friends, the author never stopped believing that Tom could heal from all the injuries he had suffered. Transparent and reflective, this story should serve as an inspiration to everyone!