Virginia Stem Owens gives a moving and realistic account of the many challenges of caring for an elderly loved one. Caring for her mother as her health declined forced Owens to take a look at her own mortality, "Nothing had ever confronted so forcefully my faith that an ultimate graciousness dwelt at the heart of the world..." This book will be a helpful companion to those who have recently become caregivers, as it will give some emotional clarity and empathy. 176 pages, softcover from Westminster/John Knox.
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Review 1 for Caring for Mother: A Daughter's Long Goodbye
Date:July 15, 2008
Although I would recommend this book to others, I would tell them I was disappointed that Owens didn't include her spiritual walk during the care of her mother. I longed to hear of how the Lord strengthened her or what struggles He assisted her in. It may be that this book was intended as a cross-over book into the secular arena and therefore, God wasn't much included (other than a few references to a Psalm or proverb verse or a vague reference to "graciousness"). As a caregiver myself, the book was helpful and I appreciated Owens honest and vulnerable sharing of her struggles, but I bought it expecting that her walk with Christ would be a bigger part of the book. And I was sad and frustrated that it wasn't.