FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States—Saturday, August 6, 2022
Paula Freeman’s newest book, Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home, maintains best seller status.
In Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home, Paula Freeman hopes to use her candid and sometimes humorous account of a terminal diagnosis, a cross-country move, her husband’s untimely death, and an unscripted road to healing to connect readers to God’s faithfulness in the crucible of grief.
When her husband of over forty years is diagnosed with interstitial lung disease, for which there is no cure or effective treatment, Paula Freeman journals her thoughts and fears. When they move from Colorado to North Carolina to battle Ray’s terminal disease, Paula documents their adventures. In this memoir of grief and loss, Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home, Paula relates her first year of widowhood and describes falling in love with Jesus all over again.
Paula Freeman’s Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home is free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days, between August 2, 2022 through August 6, 2022. Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:
Kristi – 5 stars
For more than widows…
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2022
I’m divorced, but that experience has a grief experience, too, in some ways differently complex than widowhood. This book spoke to my own grief in the loss of the life I had, the suffering we all endured through this process, and finding Christ in it. A kind and quietly directive resource.
Susan Craiger – 5 stars
A must read for anyone struggling with grief
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2022Verified Purchase
What an amazing gift for those who have lost a loved one. This book isn’t just for widows; it’s for anyone who has suffered grief and loss, as well as friends and family members of those who grieve. It is so well written that as the author shares her fears that she would not be able to survive the grief of her husband’s death and that God would not be enough, you feel as if you are on the emotional journey with her. She gives words to difficult feelings and provides hope to those who are struggling. I highly recommend this book for anyone walking the journey of grief.
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About the Author
Paula Freeman, MSW, is founder and former executive director of Hope’s Promise, a Colorado adoption agency and orphan care ministry licensed in Colorado, and author of A Place I Didn’t Belong: Hope for Adoptive Moms. Widowed with seven grown children, she lives in the Kansas City area but still calls Colorado home—and she gets to the beach as often as she can. Visit her at www.paulasfreeman.com.
Suggested Interview Questions
- Your book Learning to Be Me Without You: A Story of Love, Loss, and Coming Home is a deeply vulnerable journey of you and your husband’s experience with a terminal lung disease. Describe briefly your personal journey through it all.
- What is often the most misunderstood reality of losing a spouse?
- What are some of the challenges that widows face?
- What are some ways widows can move forward after loss?
- What is the biggest piece of comfort you can give to someone grieving right now?
- If someone is potentially facing spousal loss, how can they prepare well?
- At the end of each chapter in your book, you offer thought-provoking reflective questions for readers. What is one question that you personally wrestled with?
- How do you hope readers will be encouraged by reading your book?