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Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief: Spiritual Insights Expressed Through Art, Poetry and Prose

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Written to honor Diamante's children in Heaven, Finding Hope In The Darkness Of Grief is a recipient of five awards to date for Poetry, Religion/Spirituality, Inspiration and Gift Book.
This earthly plane offers much for us to learn: happiness, wisdom, loss, heartbreak, and enlightenment. It is a Pandoras box of emotions, situations, opportunities, and failures, all wrapped
Paperback, 74 pages
Published June 16th 2018 by Balboa Press
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Andrea Stoeckel
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Don’t believe the illusion; Increase love’s true grit”

In this small book, we see the author/poet/artist working through grief and loss. Interspersed between mostly profound wisdom are art pieces that speak of their own losses,often quietly reflecting Diamanté Lavendar’s unspoken thought.

Poetry is a hard medium for an artist. As a retired Christian minister, as well as a published poet, I looked critically at each entry. I love the above quote from one of her poems. The illusion is that we are i
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
‘Live your life with a grateful heart so that love and goodness can transform you.’

Midwestern author/artist Diamante Lavendar writes books based on self and spiritual discovery such as coming-of-age stories and stories involving the overcoming of hardships that afflict the "human condition."

Diamante’s mission is to assist her fellowman achieve happiness and wisdom in the face of apparent heartbreak and failure. As she has said,’ Nobody is immune, but everyone has the opportunity to grow tall or
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It helped me through my grief for my late brother and an old late friend. Thank you for letting me win this book at a much needed time. It beautifully helped me in my grief and loss. Now I'm giving it to another soul who needs this book to guide them through a rough patch. ...more
Nose In A Book
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I felt that this short piece of work that reminded me of inspiring beliefs and thoughts learned over my years on this earth was very uplifting and motivating, providing strength and refreshment as well as hope in a world that is becoming fast-paced and blind to those who are less fortunate. Here are some thoughts I culled from it to highlight the benefits of this book for you who is down and on the verge of suicide or a breakdown:

1. Even during the times you feel most alone, there is always a pr
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief gathers Diamante Lavendar's own insights on how she charted a path through grief, and pairs free verse poems that double as uplifting admonitions ("There is so much more/To every instance/Than we can comprehend.") with prose and the author's lovely color art images.

From illusions of darkness and separation to the realities of harboring false beliefs and following the road to healing, Lavendar's verse and insights follow the process of not only recovery; but
Green Pastures
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is like holding hands with the author, and allowing her to accompany you on your own difficult journey (whatever stage that may be at). At times a very emotive read, making it a little difficult, it's worth persevering with. Lavender brings to the forefront the message that there can be a great strength found from loss, sadness and adversity. Grief is a very personal thing, and we all have our own coping mechanisms. The author doesn't try to over-shadow this, nor does it come across as ...more
Bookish Picks
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This heartfelt collection of observations and beliefs by Diamante Lavendar is a collection of her artwork and creative writing. She shares photography, illustration and prose/poetry that explore her inner feelings and emotions. Her daughter died at age 18 and Diamante’s wish is to extend the strength that she has found confronting her grief and pain, through the sharing of her words and images. She simply offers intimate bite-sized thoughts for readers to gain inspiration and hope from, allowing ...more
Banana Twins
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grief and disappointment are hard to deal with, especially if you are a private person like me. I don't share my feelings with many people and that sometimes makes me draw into myself. 'Finding Hope in Darkness' helped me by making me feel like I wasn't the only person that felt the way I do and that things will always get better even it it doesn't seem like it at the time.

Although I don't often read poetry, I thought it was a great and concise way to deliver an important and hopeful message to
8th Day Reads
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finding Hope is the kind of book that you can take something uplifting away from no matter what your upbringing or how little or how much grief you have personally experienced. Lavendar has a real way with words and crafts each of these pieces into a unique and rewarding experience. There is something of an influx of “inspirational authors” these days, but few have the ability or insight of Lavendar. For me this is a must read.

My Nightstand
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finding Hope In The Darkness is not an easy book to get through but well worth reading. It was recommended to me by my friend, but I was a little reticent as I rarely reach for poetry. However this really did surprise me. Diamante Lavendar takes readers for a beautiful journey through poetry, insights and art. The author mainly shows us a different way to look and cope with grief.

Lavendar is emotionally connected to her work which is why the beautiful stories are so moving and deep. Highly recom
Kickass Reads
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everyone can experience hardship in life and it comes in a number of forms and it can be so difficult to free yourself from it. Dwelling on pain or grief is so much easier than finding a way to move forward, but if you don't do so you will be missing out on all the wonderful joys life has to offer. 'Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief' by Diamante Lavendar is a wonderful collection of poetry, prose and art, which helps you to look at your situation differently and encouraging you to find hope ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief: Spiritual Insights Expressed Through Art, Poetry and Prose by Diamante Lavendar is a beautiful collection of poetry, art, and prose that addresses many of life's moments. From grief to staying positive, Lavendar has a knack for looking at emotions and making them meaningful. Just about every other page contains beautiful art that calms the mind, and the lyrical poetry inspires you to look inward, shore yourself up and go on. Everyone experiences love and lo ...more
My World of Reviews
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book has an emotional depth that rivals the oceans. It’s hard not to find a message in this book that speaks to you, and Lavender lets us into her mind and heart to go on this adventure. This invitation puts us at the helm of multiple pieces, and we find ourselves weathering some rough storms as we sail across the pages. It’s hard to write a detailed review of this due to it being a collection, but I will say that there is something in her for everyone. The book starts off with poetry (a po ...more
Jessica LeVault
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Diamante Lavendar gives us a different way to look at grief. Everyone goes through grief at one time or another and she gives us different ways to look at it and to handle it with emotionally pacifying poems, quotes, and beautiful images that she created. This quick, easy read is definitely worth keeping close by for times of difficulty as we all go through several in our lifetimes and Lavendar offers peaceful, spiritual insight into recovery for each person in their own time and on their own te ...more
Tara Phillips
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring travels through the storytelling of a grieving widow. Each poem punches emotion, sacrifice and elements of deep introspection. Helped me grieve myself.
Through the support of Ms. Lavender’s family I realize they created a role model
for people needing a boost of clarity and positive outlooks.

Spiritual passages made me realize I need explore a deeper connection between my religion and focus on my life’s understanding. Top quality book cover and inclusions of art sketches.

In my minds e
Ebooks Rock
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Taking into account, the raw and emotional delivery of this book,
it can be said, it took my breath away. It is by no small feat,
“Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief” by Diamante Lavendar,
truly can help in the effort of finding you hope. If empathy is
defined as sharing in the feelings of others, Lavendar’s prose
mixed with her insight into the recovery process will give way to
discovering from a time of weakness, strength. What can the
process of grieving yield? Understanding and comfort. Free ver
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think everyone will take something away from this book! This book will give you incite into your own feelings and offer encouragement on the healing process. No matter what the feelings are - Grief, sadness, fear, loss of control, helplessness, discouraged, there are writings in here for everything you may go through. Her writings have a nice easy way of talking you through offering you encouragement to go on.

I have a new job and it is much more stress than my old job and at times has been dis
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Empowering poetic journal reaching out to anyone who loves reading soothing, inspiring verse. Pages are uniquely designed to reflect not only the essence of poetry but the brave style of hand drawn art both black and white and color.

I’m moved by the author’s approach to her book and hope it succeeds. My favorite poem is called “Take Time To Know Me” about children's innocence and teaching painting with a beautiful message to not grow up… too much. The paintings included in the book are a remarka
Stephen R.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everyone likes to explore their deeper self occasionally, and one of the best ways I have been able to do this is by reading this book. Lavendar is skillful in constructing the Pandora's Box of emotions with her poetry collection, which has a personal touch on her life, making it quite realistic.

The personal nature of the stories makes you feel like hope is up for grabs when faced with a difficult situation. I am sure that the way this book is written will leave a mark on anyone who dares to pi
Valicity Elaine
I don’t normally review poetry or non-fiction, but I was willing to bend the rules for an old friend who’s been featured on The Rebel Christian before. I have no regrets in reviewing this book, it was a very short read and left me feeling inspired and thoughtful.

One of the things you should know about me already is that I’m a Believer in Christ. As I read, I began to see this book as more than just a short set of poems by Lavendar, to me it was like reading whispered prayers as she grieved and f
Beto Garza
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very quick, but meaningful read. It feels like you are really going into her head and feeling experiencing her thoughts and emotions. I think the message here is finding the bright spots in life after going through dark times. I would definitely recommend.
Pamela Scott
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review to come when I take part in the blog tour on 1 September
The Wise Old Tree
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful and deeply personal piece by Diamante Lavendar. “Every hardship has a reason, and every deprivation a purpose, if you look through eyes of insight.” This line is so reflective of Lavender’s ability to allow light and joy and purpose to exist within pain and loss. That is what was so touching about this book for me. There are so many gorgeous lines in this book that offer the reader hope, faith, and a feeling of unity and understanding. It is clear that the author may have exp ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief presents Diamante Lavendar’s approach to healing her broken heart because of the death of her children. The poetry and prose gives insight to the depth of grief she suffered, while also showing the steps she took to healing. Her dependent on others allowed her to share her grief when it became too heavy for her to bare it herself. Words of wisdom are woven within her words making this an excellent book to give someone who is grieving as a gift.
I love that D
Destiny Bridwell
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from a fair and honest review. I was asked by the author herself to read this book. It was very emotional to read. I have to stop about mid-way through. I think because we all deal with love and lost and dark sides of life. I think because I am still deal with some loss. I know that we never get over them, but we learn to live with the pain. We have to move forward in our lives and that is what I believe that Diamante is doing with this collection. It really moved ...more
Cool Your Boots
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book because of the title, I wanted to know what darkness the character was in that they needed to find hope, and boy did I find out! Prepare yourself for this one, you might want to read it with a box of tissues, because this one is a tear jerker. It’s a collection of poems that the author was inspired to write after the tragedy that she went through. Although the book is short, each poem is very inspirational and thought provoking, you really can find treasure in the darkest of p ...more
Cheryl Malandrinos
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief is a beautiful book. Most selections are short, so you can easily read one and take time to contemplate its meaning and how it touches you. The calming lavender color of the interior pages is a nice contrast against the artwork and black text. This is a book you hold on to and take out when you need it. I look forward to more of Ms. Lavendar's work. ...more
Luxurious Literature
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief’ is an easy to read and gentle spiritual offering from the author. Consisting solely of her art and poetry, which are glimpses into her struggles in life, this book is a haven of tranquil thought, reflection and teaching.

Lavendar has an almost childlike innocence that shines though this book. Her belief that grief can be our teacher and that we can learn important lessons through suffering is proudly displayed throughout. This book is a timely reminder tha
Julie Barrett
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finding Hope in the Darkness by Diamante Lavendar
Starts with a dedication and forward pages.
Devotional, spiritual help with grieving. Hard to read this book at times dismal and can understand it all then the poems that lift you up.
Parts of this book touched my heart and soul. You're never alone.
A book to be treasured and given to others who are going through the process of grieving. At times I don't think I finished the grieving for my parents. Beautiful high quality photographs throughout the
Luis Humberto Molinar Márquez
[English review + Reseña en Español)

Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief, by Diamante Lavendar (author of Breaking the Silence and Poetry and Ponderings: A Journey of Abuse and Healing Through Poetry). Published by Balboa Press, 1st edition, 2018. 74 pages (print edition). Genre: Inspirational Poetry / Religious Poetry / Supernaturalism / Overcoming grief.

With the guiding principle that loss is an illusion and that grief can be overcome through a positive attitude and the exercise of an active,
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I am the author of three books with a fourth coming out soon. My first book, The Secrets Of Yashire is no longer in print. My second book, Breaking The Silence, has won six awards in the category of Inspirational Fiction! Following is a link to my book Breaking The Silence:

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