Sunday, August 23, 2015

Review: Healing, Hope, and Wholeness by Ceci Frost

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee

Book Description:
Healing, Hope & Wholeness is a mix between a memoir and biography. It is Ceci’s journey of finding restoration through music, travel, and community after the loss of her sweet mother. Ceci walks you through her mom’s up-and-down battle with cancer, the discovery of her birth dad and half brother, the important role of songwriting, and how traveling across the world helped her find hope again.

Natasha's Experience:
I’d like to start off this review by saying this: Ceci Frost is brilliantly brutal with her words and leaves you aching for a stranger’s personal pain. The amount of empathy that this story evoked in me surpassed any and all other stories I have read to date. I guess it’s because of the raw honesty that Ceci spills onto this story’s pages, the almost effortless way she unloads her grief and speaks with a voice so bare and real that you can’t help but feel like you are experiencing everything with her.

“Someone once told me after the loss of my momma, “things will never be the same, they will just be different, and there will be beauty in that,” and different is what it has been.”

Ceci Frost writes about the story of her life – growing up with just her mother, the feeling of living without her father, the absolute agony she went through finding out her mother was sick, and everything in between then and now.

“In one second, your life can change. In one second, life can be born and life can end. In one second, we can decide how we are going to react to our surroundings. One second can change the millions of seconds that follow it."

One aspect I actually really enjoyed was reading about Ceci’s faith. I’m not particularly religious, but I can appreciate someone else’s faith and how wholeheartedly they believe in something greater than just us. It was beautiful seeing the world through Ceci’s eyes without feeling like she was forcing her faith or religion on you. It was refreshing and freeing to learn more about another person’s beliefs and how they impact their life every single day.

“Bodies are houses to our souls. They are very temporary and delicate.”

When I first went into this story, I had this idea that maybe Ceci would be giving a lesson in grief, a how-to that might help out someone else who was going through the same thing. I was wrong – in the best possible way. She wasn’t teaching you how to get over grief; she was teaching you how to live with grief, live life in spite of the grief. There is something so beautiful about understanding that, something so innately human, something so real about acknowledging that a person is just a person and seeing how courageous and brave they are with the cards they are dealt.

“The one thing you can predict when it comes to the journey of grief is that it will be unpredictable.”

I encourage everyone and anyone to read this memoir – if only to give yourself a chance to see life through another person’s eyes and understand someone else’s way of living. You will learn that bad things will happen to good people, no matter what, but it will be okay, especially when you ask for help because it is always okay to need somebody else.

“We aren’t meant to do life alone; we need people on our team, cheering us on, encouraging us, and we need to be that for other people. Together, we are better rounded.” 


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About the Author

Ceci was born and raised in sunny Southern California, in the suburbs of Los Angeles. She currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband and two cats. When she’s not writing she loves to travel, spend time at the beach, hang out with friends and family, soak up the sun, take photos, and watch or participate in extreme sports.

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