Here’s the blurb for Navigating Deep Waters: Meditations for Caregivers :
“The book offers caregivers a contemplative basis for understanding their unique circumstances. Each chapter focuses on the metaphoric theme of water, and the reader can interpret its meaning through prayer and reflection. Journaling prompts and a prayer are offered at the end of each chapter, as well as lined pages for the reader to jot down thoughts and emotions. Intended to supplement other available resources for caregivers, Navigating Deep Waters acknowledges the deep, spiritual and psychological aspects of caregiving that will enrich every caregiver’s journey toward healing, peace, and joy.”
The blurb is helpful, but no way can it fully describe the book’s value to someone who finds him or herself hit by sudden grief. Except, it is not only a book for caregivers, it is a book for anyone in crisis. And no matter who we are, at one time or another, we will experience crisis in our own lives, whether in be the death or illness of a loved one, the loss of a job, the betrayal of someone we care for, and on and on. But should we wallow in the mud puddles of our lives? This book says, “No!” This book says, “Rise up!” And it shows us how to do that–because we are called not only to care for others, but also, to care for ourselves.
I see Navigating Deep Waters: Meditations for Caregivers in the hands of Grief Counselors, Parish Crisis programs, for parents of children with Special Needs, or the parents of teens in drug programs, and even in Prison Ministry. See what I mean? The ways to benefit from it are too numerous to list.
There is another element key to this book: the authors.
Both mothers of Special Needs children, these Christ-filled ladies not only know what they’re talking about, they are genuine examples of the ‘walking around grace’ that has come through their own suffering. I am so thoroughly impressed with them. Try Jeannie Ewing’s blog, http://lovealonecreates.com/ and you’ll see what I mean.
Navigating Deep Waters is not only consoling, it’s a lovely little gift that can assist each of us in our own struggles, and ultimately in our rise, from the pain each of us human beings will experience in our life on Earth.