Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

Litfuse Tour: Aftermath by Margaret McSweeney

on August 11, 2012


About the Book:


Growing in Grace Through Grief

Loss is a four-letter word that grips our hearts and gridlocks our lives. Grief can hold us captive until we surrender it to God. How do we find the necessary grace to journey through the mourning process?

Juxtaposed to the outpouring of her mother’s words about grief, the author shares her parallel journey from the emotional abyss of grief after becoming an adult orphan. With candor, the author shares her own emotions experienced along the spectrum of loss after her parents’ deaths: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—adding interactive options for readers.

Five sections cover these common emotions and provide:

• comfort Scripture lists

• counsel sections from grief experts

• chronicling sections with detailed helps

• tangible handles on dealing with grief during holidays, capturing loved ones’ legacy, and more.


You can buy the book here.



About the Author:


Margaret McSweeney is a well-published author often writing online articles for Make It Better (the former North Shore Magazine) and freelance articles for the Daily Herald, the largest suburban Chicago newspaper. In addition, she has authored and compiled several books including A Mother’s Heart Knows; Go Back and Be Happy; Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace and most recently, Mother of Pearl.

Margaret has a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in international business. As is the founder of Pearl Girls, Margaret collaborates with other writers on projects to help fund a safe house for WINGS, an organization that helps women and their children who are victims of domestic violence, and to build wells for schoolchildren in Uganda through Hands of Hope. For the past 10 years she has served on the board of directors and leadership advisory board for WINGS. Margaret lives with her husband and 2 daughters in the Chicago suburbs. Learn more about Margaret and the work of Pearl Girls at


My Opinion:


All of us have either experienced some type of grief or will at some point and with Margaret’s book, Aftermath, will help you in getting through the grief process and grow in your faith at the same time.  Using poetry written by her mother as she worked through her own grief going through the stages of depression, anger and acceptance – we see how others around are affected by grief.  With the journal and questions pages following the reading you can work though the process as you come to understand more about yourself and the Lord through your loss.


It doesn’t matter if your grief is the loss of a parent, spouse, child or even a pet – a loss is a loss and there will be a mourning period as your life tries to readjust to life without that being in it.  Using this book, whether it’s been just a few days, or months or even years since the loss can help you as you go on with your life and try to figure out how to move on without forgetting.  I’d have to say if I know someone who has gone through a loss this would be a book I would recommend when the time is right.


To see what other bloggers thought visit the Litfuse tour page.

**Disclaimer:  I was provided a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.


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