Restore My Soul: A Grief Companion
Review by Robert P. Mills, she observes, can be a “helpful – and healthy – way to unburden your soul.”
Some chapters describe the experiences common to those who have lost loved ones: sadness, exhaustion, numbness, turmoil, anger, isolation. Others address such practical concerns as “how will I get through the holidays?”
Peterson is not afraid to challenge superficial shibboleths. “‘Time is a wonderful healer and a terrible beautician’ I laughed the first time I heard this. Now it’s not funny and I doubt that it is true. Time goes by. And I still feel pain and regret.”
But always there is Scripture, often the Psalms and the prophets. And always there is prayer, a few sentences to restart conversations with God.
In offering this framework for reflecting and writing, reading Scripture and praying, Peterson provides a valuable companion for those going through times of grief.