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And Life Comes Back: Love, Loss, Hope Book Review

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And Life Comes Back My Review

And Life Comes Back Tricia Lott Williford
I knew And Life Comes Back by Tricia Lott Williford would be a story I could relate to, and I was interested in seeing how she dealt with the loss of her husband. While my husband (I mean ex-husband… I still hate that term) didn’t die, it would have been an easier burden to carry. I will spare the apologies and formalities (a lesson I gleaned from this book) and just be real. There were times in the midst of my pain when my heart was reeling, and it felt like my life was spinning out of control that I would think “It would have been easier to deal with being a widow than a divorcee.”. You see, it’s not that I wanted my ex to die, it’s just that if that had been the case, I wouldn’t have had to deal with all of the self-doubts, feeling like a failure, and the bazillion “what-ifs.” At least that’s what I used to think.

I have come to realize that regardless of how our marriage bed becomes torn apart it all leads to the same simple question.


Whether by death or by abandonment God is still God, and he is still in control. The choice I had to make, and honestly still have to make (almost a year later) is will I trust Him? Do I believe that God is good? Well, do I? I do, and I am starting to live that out. Yes, just now starting to.

Enough of my rambling, let’s get back to the book.

This book touched me in many ways. First I was crying and then I was laughing (so loudly that my sister-in-law came out of her room to make sure I hadn’t lost my mind). There are so many parts of Tricia’s story that had me nodding in agreement. The loss is a loss, and it hurts, it makes us angry; it frightens those that love us. It is freaking hard! I found it helpful to read that I wasn’t alone in some of my reactions and struggles.

The chapter that got to me was titled “Just Not Today.” In it, Tricia talks about how she wanted to respond in her anger by rebelling, by doing whatever she wanted. I wish my chapter had ended the way hers did, but sadly I gave into those desires. I as she would describe it, jumped off the cliff. I can, however, say with surety that God allowed that in my life, brought me through it, taught me through it, and was with me even when I abandoned Him. There is nothing done, that doesn’t filter through His hands, and while that doesn’t excuse our reckless abandon I am lavished with grace and mercy, and I needed to learn about those things because I was lacking.

Even if you have never personally experienced this kind of loss, I would highly recommend this book to any married, divorced, widowed, or soon to be the married woman. If you have your husband, it will remind you that no one is guaranteed a tomorrow, and if you’ve lost yours in any way by death or otherwise you will find comfort and security in knowing that you are not alone.

And Life Comes Back is a book full of raw emotion, truth, and hope. I praise God that he gave Tricia the courage to share openly about things many of us would rather keep hidden.

About The Book:

Colorado Springs, Colo.— And Life Comes Back: A Wife’s Story of Love, Loss, and Hope Reclaimed (WaterBrook Press, February 18, 2014) by Tricia Lott Williford, offers a surprising love story that ended too soon, chronicling the unexpected, heart-wrenching loss of her 30-year old husband and her search for life again.
Leading readers on a grippingly candid day-to-day walk through her personal grief process, she writes on how she and her two young sons are moving forward in hope.
Sharing vivid memories and past conversations with her husband, along with the daily challenges of being a young widow and mother, Williford recounts her faith journey through devastating loss.
Tricia Lott Williford is a popular blogger and stay-at-home mom of two boys, Tucker and Tyler, and pursuing her Masters Degree in writing.

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He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. Psalm 18:16-19

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