- ‘She taught me that it’s not what’s on the outside that makes us who we are; it is who we are inside that truly defines us and grants us powers far beyond the physical. Our spirit is where our true strength resides, and it is our ark in times of crisis’. (pg 73, Zig-Zagging by Tom Wilson)
When the death of a loved one strikes us, sometimes it’s hard to keep our faith strong. Why did this happen? Why did God take this person I loved so much? This happened with Tom and he struggled to understand how this could happen and why. He had believed so strongly that God would grant him a miracle and make Susan well again. However, God never truly leaves us, sooner or later we discover our faith is still there as strong as ever, just as Tom did.
Tom tries to move on by being the best housekeeper, the best dad, even dating, but finds this isn’t the easiest thing to do. He becomes overwhelmed, and instead falls into a deep depression. Once again, Tom’s world is tumbling into pieces. He writes of his struggle with depression and his thoughts on how to deal with it again, in such a way, that really hit home for me. I could really relate to many things he was feeling and saying. He finally attends a grief counselling group which helps him to realize he’s not crazy, just going through the normal stages of grief. Finally Tom realizes that he can move forward in life and he also finds God again.
This book is one that will stay with me for a long while. I will likely reread it at some point. I had picked it up one night expecting to read a few pages and ended up devouring most of the book which I went on to finish the next morning. Tom’s writing and his sharing with us of some of the most intimate moments and feelings of his life was an emotional journey for me. It took me back to losing my loved ones but not in a bad way, really a way of remembrance.
I must mention that I found Tom’s writing amazing. I’d like to end by sharing a few of my favorite quotes…
- ‘We may lose friends, hopes, dreams, and loved ones along the way, but they’re always a part of us. And the memories, strengths, and lessons they’ve given to us are gifts we can still learn from even when they are parted. But they’re only gifts if we stop looking for what we expect to see and start to appreciate what is actually there, the miraculous process of life unfolding’. (pg 193, Zig-Zagging by Tom Wilson)
- ‘Life is full of living. And when you get down to it, the journey we make is only as important as those wonderful spirits we meet along the way, whether they come from relationships, true loves, or simple angels unaware that pass through our lives’. (pg 194, Zig-Zagging by Tom Wilson)
This is a lovely book and one well worth reading especially for those who have suffered a loss or felt the hardships of depression. It’s an inspirational read that will leave you with feelings of renewed hope. Thanks so much to Tom Wilson for this wonderful book and to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for inviting me to participate in the tour.
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