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A Love Eternal, by Jerry D. Babb
Published by White Buck Publishing, Copyright © 1996 Jerry D. Babb, Perfectbound, 128 pages.
"Grief, bereavement, mourning, and loss: the merest of words, without effect or consequence until such time that their association, their meaning, become personal in spirit and condition. At that moment, when beset by the darkest of all darkness, we require no dictionary, no scientific study, no clinician's report, no psychiatric or psychological treatise, but the hand of love and the heart of compassion to lovingly assist us through that blackest night. It is neither a journey to be taken lightly nor willingly, yet an unavoidable path that we each must travel; a path that we each must follow: either alone, or with God."
"Hauntingly beautiful. . .Peaceful and Serene. . ."
"We well may assist one another along the way; indeed, we should, for how much lighter the burden if shared with another of compassionate soul and caring heart. Alas, how few wish to make the commitment required, for in order to share another's pain, we must first be willing to experience it. We must open our hearts and allow them to break. Otherwise, we do little more than mouth meaningless platitudes of which there is no end, and from which arise no tangible benefits.
Shall I share with you the pain that accompanies the loss of one deeply loved? You would be better served to ask a new mother to describe the indescribable pain of childbirth, or, perhaps, the man suffering with kidney stones to detail the horrific sensations which accompany the slightest movement of the minuscule object which rends and tears as it winds its way to freedom. Regardless of the eloquence of either individual, you will find yourself none the wiser. In order to truly understand the pain associated with each condition, you must experience it on a personal level. And once the inevitable becomes a reality, you will no longer pursue such a line of inquiry. The answers, descriptions, and definitions will become exceedingly clear, yet the intellectual clarity achieved will prove of little satisfaction, and of no intrinsic value in assisting you through that longest night.
"A treasure to possess; a blessing to bestow."
I invite you to accompany me, hand-in-hand, along that lonely path which leads to peace, understanding, and healing. There are no shortcuts; no quick fixes; no easy solutions. It is a journey that we may make together, sharing our tears and fears along the way; or it is a melancholic pilgrimage that we may make alone. Join me and we shall visit that place where hope never dies, compassion never sleeps, and love is, indeed, eternal."
"As a grief and bereavement resource written from a strongly Christian perspective, A Love Eternal is a masterful and compelling affirmation of love's inherent ability to transcend the grave, grief, loneliness, and sorrow."
|Comments: A Love Eternal is among those rare volumes of which one never tires. A hauntingly beautiful work, it bespeaks the power of love as it shines forth the light of hope into the darkest, deepest grave; transporting the reader to that place where peace and serenity reign supreme. Each of us will die; of that there can be no doubt. Of far greater consequence is the fact that each and every one of us will, of necessity, be called upon to stand helplessly as one we love dies. There is no escape; no pardon. We will be called upon to face the inevitable, and no amount of optimism, escapism, or avoidance will forestall Death. A Love Eternal is a very special book in that it addresses the subject of death and its attendant consequences with compassion, understanding, tenderness, and reason. While written from one heart to countless others, it does not neglect intellect. It is truly a "masterful and compelling affirmation of love's ability to triumph over and transcend the grave, grief, loneliness, and sorrow." It is a book that must be read and re-read; a book that will never succumb to obsolescence; a book that will never fail to comfort and console all who grieve. We, therefore, with the deepest gratitude and appreciation, assign A Love Eternal our .highest recommendation.|
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