God Promised Me Wings To Fly: Life for Survivors After Suicide

Morgan James. rev. ed ed. Aug. 2021. 284p. ISBN 9781631953620. pap. $18.95. SELF-HELP
Grillo’s memoiristic self-help book (first self-published in 2018) reflects on a Christian, faith-based approach to coping with the suicide of a loved one. The first half is about the suicide of Grillo’s husband and the surprising things she learned about his hidden life. She writes about seeking answers and peace by turning to her Catholic faith and psychic mediums. She finds a non-linear path to healing through prayer, by asking God not to take away her pain but to give her guidance; among her discoveries is that forgiveness, like healing, takes time and commitment. Grillo’s aim above all else is to motivate and encourage readers in hopeless circumstances: her book’s approach is to tell readers that God will restore them, and that the time frame for healing directly correlates to their interactions with God.
VERDICT Readers dealing with a loved one’s unexpected death, who believe in God as Grillo does, will particularly appreciate this book.
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