A Heart of Kindness
By Wendy Comeau
(FriesenPress; Oct. 30, 2017)
A Heart of Kindness is the courageous and insightful story of one woman’s quest to heal her broken heart. Wendy Comeau suffered the biggest tragedy a mother can face when she lost her son Christopher to a rare disease when he was only twenty-five. When her brothers and parents all died within a few years as well, she was faced with a decision—allow herself to spiral into depression and anger or find the hidden lessons and gifts, open her heart and spread hope and kindness. This book explores how Wendy was able to transform her unbearable heartache and learn to live again with the help of her family and loved ones. Her powerful story will encourage people to do the inner work they need to do to restore their faith, embrace love and show compassion to others after tragedy has struck. Full of wise teachings on grief, self-reflection, acceptance and forgiveness, A Heart of Kindness is a triumphant testament to the resilience of the human spirit even in the face of unimaginable loss.
"This is a must read book filled to the rafters with valuable insights and ideas!"
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LOCAL AUTHOR TURNS PERSONAL HEARTBREAK IN TO ‘A HEART OF KINDNESS’
Wendy Comeau with her book, A Heart of Kindness Her book, titled A Heart of Kindness, is sprinkled with inspiring and helpful quotes, some funny family stories, poetry that Christopher wrote and stories of his life. She wrote it to find meaning for herself and others.
“It helped me to breathe again,” she said, adding that she and her life has changed.
From being an introvert, she became more confident, from being unable to speak, she has regained her voice and her words. She doesn’t take what happened personally anymore.
“It’s hard to do,” she said. “It eats you up to watching the suffering.”
Her book has had an impact on people all over the world including Brazil and Turkey. And through her, Christopher has also left a legacy.
“He never said why me. He never pitied himself. He taught that love is unconditional, to laugh in tragedy – his sense of humour was black,” she grinned at the recollection. “I guess isn’t matter how old you are, you’re always learning something about life.”
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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
A Heart of Kindness by Wendy Comeau is a memorable and remarkable story of survival in the face of tragedy. Wendy opens her heart and tells her story of facing life after the heartbreaking loss of her parents, brothers and then young son Christopher to Batten Disease. Follow her journey as she learns not only how to face the future, but learns how to embrace life with joy once more. Facing life’s obstacles is never easy, whether it is the loss of a loved one, a relationship or job. You can either lose all hope or learn how to recognize that there is a life lesson to learn with every adversity. Throughout this book you will discover that change is inevitable and beneficial, the importance of treasuring moments with friends and loved ones, and the knowledge that you alone hold the keys to your happiness. Healing begins with the first step and Wendy’s story of triumph will guide you through the haze of grief, and towards the path of self-acceptance and happiness.
The author has filled this well written book with so many useful coping mechanisms and techniques to survive the uphill struggle of life. It is such a powerful guide for anyone who has lost direction in life and needs to get back on track. Although this is Wendy's story, the techniques she shares can help anyone overcome grief and inspire change from negative to positive. I loved the pictures of Christopher at the end of the book; his zest for life and lack of self- pity are a true testament to his amazing character. There are many ah-ha moments throughout this book; the best for me was the analogy of walking through storms and reflecting on and appreciating what you have been through. I also discovered the importance of appreciation of family, not judging others and giving back to the community. This quote from the book sums up this amazing inspirational story for me: "Patience, persistence, and focus are important. Imagine life is a garden. What would you like to grow? A great job or business? A happy relationship? Children? Special goals and dreams? Planting idea seeds can start the process. Your action and energy will do the rest.” Marta Davidovich Ockuly (2017).
Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
Anyone who has known the pain of deep grief will find solace in the nonfiction work, A Heart of Kindness, written by Wendy Comeau. Wendy experienced the deaths of her parents and two brothers – and the most heartbreaking one, her son Christopher. At the age of fifteen, Christopher was diagnosed with a rare disease called Batten Disease CNL1, a neuro-degenerative brain disease. While the next ten years of his life were fraught with loss, he shared words of wisdom with his family. After his death, Wendy describes her path to healing. She discovered that healing her heart was the most essential aspect, stating “a heart of kindness began within me.” She also found comfort with her husband Robert and daughter Jennifer, as each struggled to find peace.
This is a book of lovely reflections; it includes many quotes from famous persons, poems, and Christopher’s own insightful writings. Including some poignant photographs of Christopher and the family adds a realistic aspect to this book. Author and mother, Wendy Comeau shares her story of healing her broken heart in A Heart of Kindness. Wendy had been a stay-at-home mother for over twenty years and wanted to find a place for herself in the world. She returned to school and became a Social Service Worker, and forging a life of service may be one of the most important facets of her healing journey. Her reflections on such topics as forgiveness and gratitude hold life lessons for all people struggling with life’s difficulties. This is an uplifting book, full of hope and promise.
Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite
Life begins with kindness from the heart and it ends with the people with the kindest hearts. A Heart of Kindness by Wendy Comeau is an uplifting book that will help readers understand life and its nuances, new beginnings, opportunities, and challenges. This book will also help readers understand the power of kindness, and how there is always hope for a better tomorrow. The courageous story of the author, from losing her son, Christopher, to Batten disease, a neuro-degenerative brain disease, to that of losing other family members to learning to live again will encourage readers to heal, have hope and faith, and show compassion and kindness to others during their times of despair. The author’s story of moving on from her pain and sorrow, and learning to live all over again will give readers hope and help them accept life in spite of its tragedies and adversities.
The book is honest and the author’s personal stories will help readers change their views on life and living. Her words will make everyone face their challenges, despite having many obstacles. Life is good and life will go on is something that readers will understand by the time they finish reading this book. A Heart of Kindness is about courage, resilience, hope, healing, and moving forward despite being broken, and many readers will be able to connect with the author’s pain and make positive changes in their outlook towards life. A Heart of Kindness is well written and that makes the author’s grief and pain tangible to readers. There are a lot of insightful messages in the book which are simple and can be incorporated into life easily by everyone.
The book A Heart of Kindness is one of my favourites. It is filled with compassion, love, and kindness. The story is very touching, and I suggest you read it."
...I truly believe and can tell you with all confidence that this author has opened up her whole heart & is sharing many intimate parts of her life to put together this wonderful book for all readers looking for HOPE!
-Vicky, Amazon reviewer
This book “A Heart of Kindness” is an honest reflection of loss, grief and the healing process. Thank you for an inspiring honest book that everyone can relate to when going through the worst days of their life.