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A Walk Through the Dark by Eva Piper

AA walk through the dark Walk Through the Dark by Eva Piper is about a wife and mom of three who was suddenly thrown into the job of caretaker after her husband found himself in the hospital with serious injuries after a horrific car accident. Eva Piper was just an average wife and mother who was a teacher at her local public school. Don, her husband, was a youth pastor when the crash occurred. This is her story of how she walked through the valley with the help of God and her friends and family, and how she came out on the other side a more confident and strong woman, along with increased faith.

The thing I found most interesting about her story is how she grew through the difficult events that threw her out of her comfort zone and into what she called, “the darkness.” Not only is she brutally honest about the emotional stress she suffered through it all, she offers advice on how to support someone who goes through such a life tragedy.

My favorite part was when she told of how she made a decision to start letting people help her during the long hours she spent in the hospital during Don’s recovery. It reminded me of my recent stay in the hospital with my mother. When my daughter asked if there was anything I needed before she came up to visit, I asked for a cup of coffee. She stopped to McDonalds and bought me a big cup of coffee. The smallest things can make such a difference. Another daughter who lived in another state was frustrated that she couldn’t come visit – so she sent a virtual bouquet of flowers to her grandma. Others stopped by to visit or stayed in constant contact via texting. Needless to say, when I read Eva’s account of how an elderly couple asked if she needed anything and she asked for a Diet Coke from McDonalds, I got a little misty! Not only did she enjoy that small gesture of affection and support, she allowed the elderly couple to experience the joy of helping her through her dark time. Grace can be experienced in a simple “give and take” – which is something we all need at times. We cannot discount the little things in life that make the difficult times bearable.

I have a mental note of the suggestions in this book and plan to implement them next time someone is in need. I recommend this book to those who wish to improve their service to others. I received a free copy of this book from booksneeze.com in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. I am here from the Blogalina Commentathon. I’m not sure which post I was supposed to comment on since it came to your homepage but I like what I see. A faithful Mother who loves her family, plays with her family, worships with her family, does service with her family, and surrounds herself with the words of others! I am a reader too and I’m happy to be visiting 🙂 Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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