Terry Jones-Brady has endured more hardship than most of us could imagine, and her book, A Mosaic Heart, is a testimonial to the resilience of the human spirit and the human community. I hope that all who read it can learn from her story and follow her example of using grief as a spiritual path. Gregg Korbon, MD, author of Beyond Reason: Lessons from the Loss of a Gifted Child With her highly personal style of writing, Terry Jones-Brady takes us into the innermost parts of herself as she experiences heartbreaking losses . Jones-Brady writes with truth where there is no sentimentality or sense of being a victim, which comes from her deep roots and explorations of Source and Mystery that open her to a personal relationship with her God. A Mosaic Heart, with quotes from the plays of William Shakespeare beginning each chapter, can have meaning for all of us as we navigate our own unpredictable lives with losses and unfulfilled dreams and ask ourselves the questions of who we really are and how can we live fully the lives we have been given. Eleanora Woloy, MD, DMin Terry Jones-Brady captures the essence of what it means to live with a savage grace. The story she tells is about more than resilience. It is about transformation and the opportunities that suffering offers for newfound wisdom and spiritual growth. A Mosaic Heart speaks about inner strength and the ways in which we can all help one another heal [during] life's inevitable losses. It is a book that you will return to again and again. Kathleen Brehony, PhD, author of Awakening at Midlife, Ordinary Grace, & After the Darkest Hour In this wonderful book, Terry Jones-Brady courageously shares her extremely painful and powerful journey with us, inviting us to enter a new level of consciousness; a soul consciousness. As a new time fast approaches, books like this will serve a vital function, leading us to a new level of faith and grace upon our earth.
A Mosaic Heart - Reshaping the Shards of a Shattered Life Hot
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A Mosaic Heart - Reshaping the Shards of a Shattered Life 2012-01-11 03:19:10 Julie Clayton
In the natural order of things, parents outlive their children. In this memoir the natural order has been severely disrupted: the author loses both of her daughters to cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that affects the respiratory and digestive systems of the body by making the normally thin mucus in each of these systems become thick and sticky. After the second funeral Terry attended, she was then faced with attending a third when she lost her husband who was swallowed up by grief. It is a story of unimaginable pain and heartbreak, told with dry-eyed honesty and rawness. Terry’s first daughter, Heather, lived twelve years; her sister, Holly, four years younger, reached womanhood before succumbing to a lifetime of illness, hospital visits, medical procedures, and extreme life challenges. With grace and strength the author recounts each pinnacle of hope and valley of despair as she and her husband devoted their life to loving and caring for their daughters. There is somewhat of a happy ending in that the author ultimately learns to find joy--and love-- in life again. But more so, this book offers a hopeful message to anyone grieving the loss of loved ones. “The broken heart has more room for love. I found that out. Restoring the heart requires perseverance and spiritual work, but if I could do it, anyone can.” Terry eventually understands that although she is a bereaved mother, she is richly blessed because her daughters taught her to love wholly and unconditionally.
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