"Braving Sorrow Together" by Ashleigh Slater is a good book of encouragement and challenge for every one of us because we have or will deal with sorrow, grief, loss, and fears. The author attempts to prepare us and guide us through these trials through sharing several of her own personal stories as well as some of her friends. The stories show a wide variety of experiences of suffering and sorrow.
In each story, Slater vulnerably shares her weaknesses and how community helped her and gave her strength. The book continually reminds the reader of the important role our friends, church community, and those around us have in our lives and how this is particularly helpful when dealing with hard times.
There is advice for being a supporter as well. Advice including what to say and what not to say and how to be a help and serve. The book also acknowledges how each of us responds to hard times in different ways, but despite the different personal needs we have, the answer always comes back to community and those around us in support.
Throughout the book, Slater not only shares her own experiences, but stories from Scripture that are similar in terms of loss, suffering, failures, and fears. This is a great book for someone who has recently gone through or is currently going through a loss. It is also a great book or someone who has a heart for those going through hard times. It is easy to read, the stories are engaging, and there is much there to make one think and grow as a believer.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.