Beyond the Darkness: A Gentle Guide for Living with Grief and Thriving After Loss

Clarissa Moll. Tyndale Momentum, $16.99 trade paper (240p) ISBN 978-1-4964-5893-3

Surprised by Grief podcaster Moll debuts with an openhearted account of coping with her husband’s death. In 2019, Moll’s husband, Rob, died in a hiking accident, leaving her to raise four school-age children on her own. Moll examines Bible passages and scientific research on grief to tear down such “myths and platitudes” as “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” and instead encourage readers to view grief as a companion: “When we turn to grief and receive her wisdom, we invite God to speak into the most painful places of our lives.” The author provides guidance on dealing with the practical considerations that come with the death of a loved one, recommending that readers “wait until you’re ready, and do what feels natural to you” when deciding what to do with a dead loved one’s belongings. The chapter on parenting after loss is especially helpful, using developmental psychology to reveal how children of different ages process grief. Moll’s sagacious advice is well worth the price of admission, and her gentle tone will soothe bereaved readers. Those going through dark times will find this generous, strongly Christian work a welcome beacon of light. (July)