I met Deb Watson online. I don’t know how (details like that don’t stick in my mind) but I’m sure glad I did.
Deb is the author of Kiss Goodbye: The Story of God’s Presence in the Dark Night and a woman with an incredible testimony.
I have been trying to write a review for her book but I just couldn’t do it justice. You see, there were times when this heart-wrenching story had me crying my eyes out, hardly able to see the page but unable to put the book down and there were other times that it had me rejoicing at God’s goodness and grace and love even when we are at our lowest.
I’m a guy. More than that, I’m a guy who doesn’t communicate emotion very well and I just haven’t been able to find the words to communicate what this book is about and how awesome it is… so I cheated.
I asked Deb to write a summary herself, which she graciously agreed to do, so sit back, relax and enjoy:
Although Kiss Goodbye: The Story of God’s Presence in the Dark Night reads like a novel, it is a true story, that invites the reader into the intimate recesses of a home and family as they grappled with the sudden, accidental death of their nineteen-year-old daughter and beloved sister.
The sifting of one of God’s own can come at a huge price, with horrifying pain and in the swiftness of a moment. Kiss Goodbye is written by Deb Watson from a mother’s heart, and the message of this book touches that hidden place in all of us that knows how fragile life is.
The story portrays how God went before them and carried them through the dark night. Grief became a pilgrimage, a refining fire that stripped away Deb’s preconceived ideas and brought her to a place where she could begin to see God for Who He was—not who she had perceived Him to be.
Kiss Goodbye will not only touch your heart, but it will also become your teacher. A review by Marnie Swedberg, web hostess of www.marnie.com summarized it well,
“. . . all the way through this book you will experience paradigm-shifting, “ah ha” moments that will forever change (in a positive way) how you interact with the grieving.
If you have ever buried a loved one yourself, this book will fill your heart with hope and healing; and if you have ever desired to support someone who is grieving, then this is a must-read for you as it models the right things to do, while gently exposing things that can cause more harm than good.”
Kiss Goodbye will make you laugh, cry, and ponder what truly matters in your own life.
Although I am listed as the author, I believe that I was given the privilege of penning the story, but God was truly the author and finisher and to Him be all the Honor and Glory.
If you know someone who is struggling with the pain of losing a loved one, or you just want a book that will give you hope and remind you that God is with you even in the hard times, I thoroughly recommend Kiss Goodbye.
You can purchase it here: Kiss Goodbye: The Story of God’s Presence in the Dark Night
You can find Deb on the web here: