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  • When faced with overwhelming sadness or anger that persists day after day and a sense that life will never again be something that can be enjoyed, it's time to turn to someone or something that can help you to see beyond what is consuming you, and that something, for many, is the book Getting Past What You'll Never Get Over by John F
  • It isn't, however, the primary component, and as such, I believe whether or not a person is a follower of religion, specifically Christianity, this book can be helpful in guiding someone that's been terribly shaken by something in life back to the life he or she once knew
  • I think that by recalling and retelling personal tragedies, the author made it easier for readers to be drawn into the book and connect better with the themes interlaced throughout the pages
  • The themes discussed in this book are relevant and can be related to whether a person is religious or not, so I wouldn't at all recommend dismissing the book simply because it has the word God in it
  • The advice and guidance in this book is worth far more than twelve dollars, which is what I paid for this book


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      Life sometimes treats us to great joys and happiness, yielding moments that we will forever treasure and look back on with magnificent warmth in our hearts. Life, too, sometimes deals us the exact opposite, where something happens that seemingly brings the world down around us and we can’t fathom the concept of rebuilding because the pain, the anger and the sense of helplessness and hopelessness seems too strong to overcome. Trying to press on, but never truly accepting what has happened and coming to terms with it can lead to a life of depression and bitterness, where the emotional recovery and healing never quite happens. When faced with overwhelming sadness or anger that persists day after day and a sense that life will never again be something that can be enjoyed, it’s time to turn to someone or something that can help you to see beyond what is consuming you, and that something, for many, is the book Getting Past What You’ll Never Get Over by John F. Westfall.

      It should be noted that this book is written by a deeply religious individual and as such, religion is a component of this self-help book. It isn’t, however, the primary component, and as such, I believe whether or not a person is a follower


      of religion, specifically Christianity, this book can be helpful in guiding someone that’s been terribly shaken by something in life back to the life he or she once knew. Religion is brought up throughout parts of the book, but it’s done in a way that doesn’t require a person to have extensive knowledge of a particular religion or practice religion and the sections that don’t invoke religious source material or are presented from a religious point of view, are written from a perspective that a majority of people can follow and relate to. Ultimately, whether a person is religious or not, the messages conveyed by the author can be of help, and this is coming from someone who isn’t a religious individual.

      There are a number of personal experiences contained within this book, from the author to family and friends of the author, and he illustrates how not being able to accept what has happened, and thus make peace with the pain, can lead to struggles that truly have no end and thus leaving lasting scars on a person. I think that by recalling and retelling personal tragedies, the author made it easier for readers to be drawn into the book and connect better with the themes interlaced throughout the pages. Before a person even opens the book, it’s clear by the title that this book isn’t about “getting over it” because as the book illustrates, what happens in our lives constantly shapes who we become and tragic and difficult times change who we are. Instead, the focus of this read is to help readers see the choices and opportunities that await just beyond the pain. As conveyed by the author, it’s not a matter of just dealing with what’s troubling you, it’s taking what’s troubling you and coming to terms with it, and while that’s no simple matter, the book goes to great lengths to detail how to find hope in sadness, and it’s written in such a sincere, straight-forward way that it helps make it easier to make sense out of all the conflicting and confusing emotions that a person may be held prisoner to in a time or period of tragedy and beyond.

      Once the end of the book is supposedly reached, readers will be delighted to find that there’s actually more to the book. I know that I was! I felt it was clever to go through the alphabet and each letter was given a paragraph. The letter “B” for example, starts off a paragraph with the words “Begin Again” and ...


      • Getting Past What You'll Never Get Over, book by John F. Westfall
      that’s the theme of that paragraph. This section alone is filled with various ideas on how to go about bringing happiness back into one’s life, many times by enriching the lives of others. While this section may cover some of the same themes as the other portion of the book, it’s delivered in a more concise, to the point format that some may find easier to follow and connect with. It also is helpful, if on a particular day, you’re feeling really down, you can just flip to near the end of the book and seek out the letter that might help you the most, like the letter “R” which is about reconnecting with friends that you have since fallen out of touch with. There is no one solution to coping with life’s more unpleasant and sorrowful moments, and the author realizes that, and that’s why the book covers a wide range of topics and ideas for helping with the pain.

      I feel that Getting Past What You’ll Never Get Over by John F. Westfall is a self-help book that will be of great help to those that are suffering due to a loss of some kind in their lives or for those that can’t seem to let go of the anger over

      something in life. As long as a person isn’t offended by references to scripture and the Christian God, this a book that can help walk a troubled soul through the stages of loss and pain and show how new opportunities await. The themes discussed in this book are relevant and can be related to whether a person is religious or not, so I wouldn’t at all recommend dismissing the book simply because it has the word “God” in it. The advice and guidance in this book is worth far more than twelve dollars, which is what I paid for this book. Although I personally haven’t gone through a point in life yet where my world appears to shatter, this book has helped me to make sense of some of the lesser pains and losses I have faced, most of which happened before I read this book, but now, having read it, I can look back on what happened and not feel quite the same sense of sadness. The sadness is still there, but it’s accompanied with some positive emotions and feelings now, and when something truly disastrous happens in my life, I will have this book to turn to. It’s an excellent read from beginning to finish and I can’t recommend it enough.




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