Book Review: Grace Like Scarlett by Adriel Booker
Grieving with Hope After Miscarriage and Loss
Four years ago, my son was stillborn. I was at such a loss as to how to process this sudden and unexpected death and wanted someone to tell me that what I was feeling was normal, healthy even. I found it challenging to find good, recently published books that taught about grief from a Christian perspective — books that taught and reinforced a theology of suffering and grief through a Christ-centered lens.
When we openly share our grief, we are reminded that we are never too broken or damaged for God. This is why I am so glad to finally start seeing these sorts of books on the market.
Grace Like Scarlett is a beautiful look at one mother’s journey with miscarriage, all the while centered around the transforming, redeeming, and healing power of Christ. Adriel shares her story with raw-hearted honesty and vulnerability. She doesn’t shy away from the gritty but instead invites us to look at it from a new perspective.
How do we see God in the midst of our loss? What have we been taught about grief? Have we been shown that hope can and does exist amidst pain and suffering? These are all thoughts and questions that I think readers can expect to encounter and wrestle with as they read through Grace Like Scarlett. As the author shares her story, she invites us into a deeper communion with Christ. She doesn’t claim to have answers to the question why, but instead, tenderly points us towards the God who embraces and links arms with ours in this place of pain.
What I especially love about this book is it’s constant desire to direct and refocus our hearts and eyes back on Christ. This story is an example of how to grieve with hope. While focusing on the aspect of miscarriage, this is a great tool for both those who have experienced loss and for those who are wanting to better support grieving families.
I am thankful that these stories are beginning to be told and highly recommend this book for those who have recently experienced loss. I give this book 5 stars out of 5.
“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”