Option B

Rector's Reading: "Option B"

My dad sent me a copy of "Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy" a few months back.  This isn't unusual, my dad sending me books.  He knows that I tend toward those things that have been recommended, giving even higher priority to books that he recommends (maybe because he also sends me copies).

I finished it last night.  As I began, I wondered what I'd really get from it.  I have read other accounts of people overcoming hardships and loss.  I have read other works meant to build our pastoral understanding and response.  However, the further I got into the book the more I found it helpful.  It is personal and touching.  It is helpful to anyone who wants to be supportive of others who have suffered loss, particularly the loss of a spouse, maybe even more so the loss of a spouse "before their time".

I found myself telling Sarah (my beloved) that she needs to read it, particularly if I die.  That may have been what I said, "When I die, you should read this..." she is accustomed to odd instructions at this point.  I do believe the book offers a great deal for anyone who wants to support their friends and family.  It steers us away from those things that aren't helpful and toward both practical and emotional supportive means.  If you need a copy, mine is available for lending.