"Free my Heart of Grief to Love" is an exceptional book about losing oneself in the trials of life and ultimately finding the path through survival to living again. Join Sandra as she shares her life's journey from her earliest childhood experiences to the events that took her to complete and unimaginable heartbreak and sorrow. Through the pain, emptiness and tears, she begins to question everthing she'd known before. Sheer determination to leave the pain behind and become whole again keeps her going. Learning meditation, finding spiritual peace, the ability to love again and happiness in daily life has been her reward.
Sandra's story is inspirational and empowering. She acknowledges that each person is on his or her own journey through life. It is Sandra's hope that each reader will find in her book the healing, peace, joy and inspiration to overcome challenges.
- File Size: 269 KB
- Print Length: 191 pages
- Publisher: Borderline Publishing (January 16, 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006843TWI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- X-Ray: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
I recommend this book to anyone who is struggling through a loss of a loved one, or a loss of any kind. It’s an amazing book!
Free My Heart of Grief to Love
the intense pain of losing two children, and other losses in her
life, to a place of healing and wholeness again. As a mother
who has lost a child, I can empathize with the pain of this
tremendous type of loss. I too found my way to healing. Ms. Bernsen’s
book is inspirational and I highly recommend it to those
searching for joy again after suffering through life’s sorrows.
I don’t agree with all she said but this book makes me think!
Next, Bernsen’s journey through being active in church to finding her own spiritual path was intriguing. She learned a lot about herself in the process and willingly shared that growth.
Along those lines, I appreciated her willingness to be open and honest about what she has gone through in her life. Such transparency makes the book more interesting and will help others who are going through similar situations.
Finally although I don’t agree with Bernsen on some issues such as psychics, she got me thinking about what I believe and why. I think that learning about something with which I disagree helps with my personal growth and Bernsen’s book did that for me. I highly recommend it!
Free My Heart of Grief to Love
Touching and Inspirational
She indeed had a difficult life, and an inordinate amount of tragedy and loss of loved ones. In the Preface she talks about her spiritual beliefs and faith, and I was worried her story would be a tract for them, but the book refrains from pushing any particular philosophy onto the reader. And she didn’t push her attraction to spiritualism and psychics too far for my comfort level.
She begins with the deepest tragedy, the apparent suicide of her oldest child, a 21 year old son, who shot himself one night in the kitchen. She also had lost a baby from birth defects, her mother, her dog, and her husband to cancer. These are the burdens most difficult for anyone to bear, and she writes about her life and how she withstands these events openly.
While exploring lots of areas around these trials, she glosses over the fact that there were always guns in the house, that her son bought several–maybe this goes along with her Montana upbringing–but she doesn’t explore the ramifications of her son having a gun in his pocket as he fixes a snack in the middle of the night. For me, this would have been a chance to meditate on the dangers of rearing children with guns and having them readily available at home, and the subsequent responsibility of the parents.
Despite everything, she had a big stroke of good luck, finally. I wonder what her story would have been like if her boss hadn’t fallen in love with her.
Generally the book is written well enough for me to finish it, although there are typos and un-caught editing errors. What annoyed me the most was the repetition of the beginning event, almost word for word, in its chronological place later on in the story. So I just skipped over it.
It’s hard to review a memoir without reviewing the person’s life as well. I admire her for her strength of character and ability to carry on after unspeakable tragedies. If spiritualism helped her to do that, more power to her. We all take our comfort where we can find it.
(I don’t like the title and I don’t like the cover. I’m glad I selected it from the description.)
Thought Provoking and Helpful
Surviving a LIfe of Grief
This woman lost everything that mattered to her and she was able to carry on. She searched many different spiritual paths to try to make sense of it all. There were a couple of things that I was able to take away from this book. One was getting a better understanding of how painful and cruel having a holiday to celebrate Mother’s Day could be when you have lost a child. Also, this opened up a rich conversation with my husband, who is a pastor, as to how we can minister to people who had the experiences that Sandra had after the deaths of her loved ones. She didn’t feel that she was supported very well by the churches she attended and in fact felt judged for sharing the things she did. I want to thank this author for helping me to understand the hurt and the hope that happens after someone passes away and bringing to my attention how people in the church can come across and actually push people away rather than drawing them in to where healing should be available.
The book is worth the read and there are several lessons to be learned through it regarding how to help someone through grief and how to keep on keepin’ on when you are left on your own to process the grief in your life.