John and Dana Hanley live on a small hobby farm in rural Nebraska. They write about life more abundantly, from the daily ups and downs of learning to farm, to homeschooling their children and to the almost unbearable grief of losing a son while seeking beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, a garment of praise instead of the spirit of despair (Isaiah 61:3)
on Jan. 16, 2017 :
I recently read a literary work by my good friends John and Dana Hanley about the grief they experienced over the tragic loss of their son. At nineteen pages, it may be too short to be called a book but yet too long to be called a pamphlet.
Working together on the railroad, John has become one of my closest friends, and an unsurpassed confidant in matters of theology. This condensed version of a larger work written by John, wastes no space and cuts straight to the heart of the matter. It packs a visceral gut punch that brings you into the depths of this families’ emotions as they called on God over the loss of their son. I have read two or three books on the subject of grief and loss, including C.S. Lewis. Whether or not it is my close relationship with John, this book created a response in me that the others lacked, and the answers offered are firm and to the point.
If you know of anyone who is struggling with loss, this will make an excellent read for both them and yourself. I have been in the midst of much tragedy and loss in my own family, but admit that I struggled to sense that loss as those closest to me have. This book helped me to get closer to that understanding.
The victory of their story is amazing, so please check out the video at the bottom.
(review of free book)