“I cannot give you any physical objects or material evidence to sustain my claim of such a place, only that I know that it exists and I hope you too have found Eternity in my journey, one that was not chosen,” Victoria Miller writes in her book, A Journey Not Chosen.
At two hundred and ten pages, this paperback targets those who have lost a child or knows someone who has recently dealt with the death of a family member. With two slang words, the topics of death and Eternity would not be appropriate for immature readers.
It is well documented that losing one’s child is one of the most horrific experiences of a parent. In this short read, Miller not only shares her sadness and sorrow when her twenty-two-year-old son, Jared, is killed in a car accident, she also reminisces the “dream visions” she had of God, Heaven, and her deceased loved ones.
After a foreword by her husband, the book is broken down into three sections. The first recalls hearing the tragic news of her son’s death, attending his funeral, and trying to cope with day-to-day living. The second describes a myriad of dreams she encountered that included Jared, her miscarried twin sons, and relatives along with friends that have died, highlighting on knowing God is taking care of her and those she loves. The final section involves her life, the trial that convicted the man who hit her son, and a tribute to Jared. Separating chapters are famous quotes, Bible verses, and tender poems by the author.
What makes this book special is Vicki’s honest, raw emotion as well as how she analyzes her dream visions. It is a personal journal of one having to deal with a child’s untimely death and how she became closer to the Almighty.
With no eternal plan of salvation, the book explains the writer’s belief that by seeking God, one can find peace and solace. Urged by Him to help support a youth center, she trusts her future endeavors are in God’s hands.
This book may be a welcoming balm for someone who has lost a child and needs compassion, reassurance, and support from one who has lived through the incomprehensible pain and suffering. There is joy when we are assured we will see our loved ones in Eternity.
This being the first published book by the author, the grammar and punctuation errors are easily overlooked due to her heartbreaking, tragic tale. Living in Oregon with her husband, Miller is dedicated to telling others about her emotional and spiritual journey having lost a child.
Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s opinion.
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