Saying Hard Words – Everbloom Book Review
In February of 2014, my baby brother took his own life. My father was the one who found his son’s body. Less than four months later, my father died of a heart attack.
The previous three sentences are some of the most bitter words I know how to say. Why? Because they are true.
When we were young, “the truth hurts” was a term that was tossed about a lot. To be fair to our immature selves, so were things like “sticks & stones will break my bones, but words can never hurt me” and other gems, such as “red rover, red rover.”
Age has force fed me a lot of things. Wrinkles, age spots and an extra ten pounds no amount of diet or exercise can seem to combat. It has also taught me the truth does in fact hurt and words can destroy.
Perhaps this is why we often hide, run and lie to keep from saying the truth aloud. As a divorce lawyer, I have seen people stay in horrible marriages for the sake of an ideal, instead of happiness. Instead of fighting until our issues are resolved, we sit next to one another and mindlessly play on our phones. We as the human race would do most anything these days to keep from dealing with the truth.
The last three years have continued to be my own battle with what is true. What has helped is saying hard words. Whether in print or with my mouth, taking ownership of what is inside our hearts comes from owning it with our words.
Everbloom Book Review
A joined a group of women writers several years ago called the Redbud Writers Guild. As a group of female writers, we encourage one another in our work, but we also lift one another up as individuals. We are sort of an online, female version of the sort of group C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were apart of, back in the day.
Two of our founders have had the desire for a collection of Redbuds in printed form for some time now. They asked for essays from each member and then paired the works down to a wonderful sharing of stories of each of our members. The book is a pure treasure. Each story has a prayer and journaling questions at the end of the essay.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, this book is a wonderful gift for someone in your life. The book’s theme is growing and by the end, you will find yourself transformed by some of the hardest and most glorious words you’ve ever read.
The book releases on April 25th, 2017, but it is available for pre-order now at barnesandnobles.com, amazon.com or at our wonderful publisher’s website, paracletepress.com. In the current world of publishing, pre-orders help authors tremendously. Once you have ordered and hopefully enjoyed Everbloom: Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives, leaving an Everbloom book review would be just wonderful.