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

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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 into a package we call life. Nobody is immune, but everyone has the opportunity to grow tall or wither like a flower in harsh light. Its completely up to us how we choose to respond. F ...more
Paperback, 74 pages
Published June 16th 2018 by Balboa Press
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Grady
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
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Carolyn
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.
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
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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
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Diane
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
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Valicity Garris
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
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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
Valery
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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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.


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.
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
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