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Blessings in the Mire

Jan Deelstra (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-3850-X ©2007
Price: $15.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 239 pages
Category/Subject: SELF-HELP / Spiritual

This is a book about Death. It is also a book about Life. It’s about discovering blessings, even in the most painful episodes. Most importantly, it’s a book about Love.

The only way to remove the darkness is to illuminate it, to shine the spotlight in the darkest corner, and to open our eyes wide to observe it (whatever “it” is) with an absence of fear. Inevitably, each dim, earthly adventure brings the balance of light. The divine laws of nature and of karma ensure that there must be the “yang” with the “yin.” Dissecting and breaking down to a microscopic level to fully examine even the most nefarious side of life is the way to bring light to the shadows we dread.

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Customer Reviews

  Thought Provoking , 10/03/2007
Reviewer: Luna
Captivating! Candid and powerful. The author writes with eloquence and candor, and with an artful hand. I could not put this book down; it's a spellbinding page turner. Since reading this, I have been looking at every little detail of life with a fresh perspective. Late for work? Could have saved you from an accident. Bad break-up? GOOD! There's a wonderful reason and an opportunity for growth. She really shows us that there is a blessing in every wicked or lovely event. I'll give thanks daily for everything that happens from now on, no matter how 'dark' it seems at the time. Thought provoking.

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  Inspiring , 02/27/2008
Reviewer: M. Ashley
It is difficult to get through the first chapter. It is heart-wrenching, making your insides hurt. If you have experienced anything like losing someone close to you, you will relate in a way that makes it painful to read. But, by the end, the author has made you realize the beauty that lies hidden within that pain. There are reasons for everything; sometimes it just takes more dissecting to find them. Read it; you won't regret it.

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  Loss, Strength, Hope and Wisdom , 09/12/2010
Reviewer: Linda Magro
When I first began to read Jan Deelstra's book, Blessings in the Mire, I thought it was a memoir on surviving the loss of a child. Although that is a large part of the book, it is so much more. It is a story of strength, fortitude and hope amidst all the hardships and challenges life can throw at us, from an anomalous childhood to the death of her son and beyond. The sheer strength and resilience of Deelstra to pull herself up out of the dark abyss time and again throughout her life is a lesson in bravery and the power of the human spirit. Blessings in the Mire is aptly titled, as it is truly a story of finding blessings, wisdom and miracles in the darkest of life's mysteries. Deelstra has a profound ability to write beautiful, haunting prose. The following paragraph is one of my favorites from the book, full of such prolific wisdom that I must share it to give every potential reader a taste of her illuminating prose: "I have learned volumes, and nothing at all. A curious believer in reincarnation, at times I quip that I must have made some masochistic agreement to be hit with the "best shot" this time around. When did it become me against Goliath? When was it not? No one has the monopoly on pain, or on a hard life, and through all its sundry drudgery I wouldn't trade my life for any other. There is great wisdom in this acceptance, or at least there is great relief. There is no need to live in any place except the challenge of the exact moment that is happening right now, or to look to any other green pastures but our own. We are the cultivators of our individual experiences. We have no one to blame the blessings on, but ourselves." In conclusion, I couldn't put the book down, and her words resonated with me, touching and providing healing strength to my own soul. There is wisdom in every heartbreak and synchronicity in everyone's journey of self and universal discovery through life. Although there is a lot of heartbreak in this book, I believe only people who have been broken can help other broken people, and Deelstra has certainly accomplished this in Blessings in the Mire. I highly recommend this book to everyone who has ever had to deal with personal tragedy and hardship. It is a must read!

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  Beautiful Blessings , 07/29/2012
Reviewer: M. Joy
"Blessings in the Mire" is a beautifully honest book about survival and rebirth after losing a child. At times we have experiences that are so painful that we almost forget how to breathe. Jan Deelstra openly shares her complete pain in a way that any mother can comprehend. While I felt such sadness for her experience, I was even more overwhelmed by her willingness to seek strength and solace in something so much greater than the emotions and emptiness. This is an amazing story of love, hope and the triumph of spirit.

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  Blessings In the Mire , 09/11/2012
Reviewer: J. Maldonado
Jan Deelstra had my undivided attention with her tale in Blessings in the Mire. Through a mother’s eye she tells the story of devastating loss and how she found the spark to start her recovery to begin a new life. This life is full of challenges, but if we learn the lesson that Deelstra teaches, she shows we all have the opportunity and ability to turn adversity into a healthy, happy life. She takes the reader down a path of inspiration and enlightenment to show how to look within to overcome adversity. I would like to thank Ms. Deelstra for sharing her treasure of life skills and bringing such inspiration and enlightenment to myself and her readers giving us the hope that courage and implementation of her life skills can help to make a better life.

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