Friday, December 23, 2011

The Color of Rain

This is more than just a story about how 2 families became one. This is a book about loving and losing and loving again. It is about not about just surviving a tragedy but learning how to thrive.

Two people, two families, experienced tragedy like no one should have to experience. Both families lost a parent to cancer and were forced to move on with life with an emptiness that would never be filled. As these two families connected, they learn to move on and to accept their new lives as they embrace their shared sorrows and shared joys. Their story is sad yet happy, tragic yet inspiring. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has experience any kind of tragedy in their lives.

The one take away from this book is the description of the different kinds of people who try to help these families. Gina describes 4 type of people who help:

1. Nikes - Those who don't offer help, they just do it. They do without asking and seem to know what lines not to cross.
2. Thingtimes - Those who offer to help anytime and anywhere but really are not sure what to do.
3. Snailer - Those who seen encouragement via mail or email building up with words of affirmation.
4. Mirror People - Those who when looking at you only see themselves and seem to turn all conversations back to themselves.

Having had friends and family members experience tragedy, this description helps me to help those I love.

Zondervan has provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.

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