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Resilience by Elizabeth Edwards
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Jun 23, 09

Read in June, 2009

How do you cope with a teenage son's sudden death in a car accident? What do you do to make the hurt disappear? How do you carry on in your life? How do you forgive a husband for his affair with another woman?

I found Elizabeth Edwards' personal story honest and both uplifting and heartbreaking. She reflects on adversities that she has faced in her life and how she is coping with them - a teenage son's death, breast cancer, recurrence of her cancer, her father's death, and her husband's indiscretions. She chooses to cope with grace and generosity, in spite of her anger and hurt. I admire her spirit and the fact that she adjusts her sails to weather the storms.

If you are looking for sordid details of her husband's affair, you will not find it in this book by this classy lady. She is still in love with her husband and is determined to forgive.

Apparently music helps to give her inner strength. Here are some lines from a Leonard Cohen song entitled "Anthem" that she mentions in this book:

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget our perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

This is a book on how to deal with the difficulties life hands you.
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