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I found the book very helpful. We recently had a great loss in our family. I think Sheryl has a sensitive style of writing but also a positive and uplifting way of making you feel like you're not alone. Grief was very sudden for our family with no way to prepare for the heartache that was coming. Sheryl takes those feelings that are hard to talk about and by writing about other people's and her own struggles you find some normalcy some how. I recommend this book for anyone who has suffered loss either directly or indirectly. You will find words in Option B to help yourself and others.
It is so hard to talk about such a difficult subject. Cheryl Sandburg's take on grieving and the journey towards healing resonated with me so much with her encouraging yet witty style. There is life after the loss of a loved one. We should never let circumstance stop us from reaching for our dreams.
Reading about the death of a beloved husband and father was difficult at times. Sharing the lessons taken from this tragedy was a special insight into what human's can do when dealt a cruel blow. Well written and referenced.
Recommended by a friend who works in psychiatry. Really nicely written, not wordy or exclusively for academics, but rather focuses on human connection and it's necessity to (as the title suggests) face adversity, build resilience and find joy. Finds a nice balance between being 'too American' and the universal reader, even though some topics and studies focus mainly on American findings. Found myself applying simple suggestions addressed within the book, and they are effective (simply saying "is there something I can do to help?" rather than "is there anything I can do to help?"). A lot of content I felt I already knew, but this really made me mindful to this knowledge and helped address how to use it better in real life scenarios. I really enjoyed reading it (despite having not read Sandbergs 'Lean In') and would recommend it to others.
My dad died at least ten years to soon a few weeks ago and a friend tentatively recommended this book as a way to think differently about grief. Basically it’s fantastic. Read it. There are probably bits you’ll skip but the beginning and end chapters would help with your approach to many different types of trauma and loss.
This has to be one of my all time favourite books. It is about resilience and different things work for different people, but for me it was perfect and months after reading I still reflect on things I remember from it. It’s a good mix between her stories / stories of others / general advice so as not to come across preachy but instead give uplifting and realistic reflections on things that knock you back, primarily grief but not only, and how to get back up again.
I was initially hesitant about buying this book - my fear was that it would be too depressing to read about death and personal setbacks and yet the title prmoised hope. What I liked about the book is that Sheryl has shared her story of loss and resilience in a truly authentic manner. It requires great courage to be so open about personal emotions and fears. What comes through is her compassion for others, sharing her journey of resilience ro reach out to others, give hope. But this book is not just about emotions. There is a lot of learning backed by research and knowledge. Though the book is wriiten in Sheryl's voice, I am able to see & understand the wisdom and thought process of Prof. Adam Grant that forms the lifeline. I recommend this book to everyone (not just those who are battling with a personal loss) for three valuable lessons I learnt :1) Resilience is a muscle that needs to be built not during a crisis but during normal low stress times. 2) we need to learn how to be compassionate, communicate with people who are under extreme stress, how to support them the way the want. 3) we need to learn to enjoy each moment, appreciate the small and big things that we are blessed with in life, and be thankful for God's grace.
I was recommended this book at a bereavement dinner party and it's the best thing I've read like it. Brilliantly written by Sheryl and Adam. I am so grateful I read this and so glad Sheryl shared her experience with everyone. It doesn't have "all the answers" but definitely helped me in understanding why I feel some of the things I feel, and in turn this makes you feel less alone. I want all my friends and family to read this. Obviously everyone's grief is unique for so many reasons, such as their family support, friends, situation, culture, religion etc, but this book is still relatable on many levels. Buy it and read it, you'll learn something.