A wrenching but ultimately heartwarming memoir of how one woman’s faith softened her grief.


A collection of Christian-themed tales of life’s heartbreak and redemption.

In her nonfiction debut, Frick, an elementary school librarian, assembles a collection of gentle, uplifting Christian parables that one can imagine her sharing with students. She calls the book “an attempt to answer His call to share my journey of faith through the most difficult times of my life,” and the remembrances revolve mainly around themes of grief, particularly regarding the loss of her beloved husband, David, in 2016. She movingly recounts his struggle with cancer in great detail and also relates the personal pain that it caused her. Her consolations will resonate with the Christian readers of her target audience: “What a comforting image! David with his Lord Jesus Christ—free of pain and warmed by God’s love.” Almost equally moving is Frick’s account of her love for her “seven-year-old goofy love-bug,” a Great Dane named Tillman, who was afflicted with bone cancer; every dog owner will nod enthusiastically and occasionally tear up at the story of how she and her husband eventually faced the sad decision that many pet owners eventually face. The text would likely have benefited from a stronger edit, as details are repeated often enough to be noticeable, and some dramatic beats seem missed or mishandled. But the author’s choice to interweave two large but distinct grief narratives into a religious memoir is a truly wise one, as it throws what St. Ignatius called the consolations of the Savior into greater relief.

A wrenching but ultimately heartwarming memoir of how one woman’s faith softened her grief.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-692-94120-1

Page Count: 158

Publisher: Ingram Spark

Review Posted Online: Aug. 16, 2017

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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