Crossing the River Sorrow: One Nurse's Story

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Crossing the River Sorrow tells the story of one woman's plunge from a sheltered childhood in the '50's into the world of medicine, and her personal search for answers to questions about suffering. A single moment at the bedside of a paralyzed girl begins her journey on the River Sorrow, which takes her on a life-long quest to come to terms with the problem of pain.

More than medical case stories or tales of overcoming, Crossing the River Sorrow is a narrative told from the ...

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Overview

Crossing the River Sorrow tells the story of one woman's plunge from a sheltered childhood in the '50's into the world of medicine, and her personal search for answers to questions about suffering. A single moment at the bedside of a paralyzed girl begins her journey on the River Sorrow, which takes her on a life-long quest to come to terms with the problem of pain.

More than medical case stories or tales of overcoming, Crossing the River Sorrow is a narrative told from the perspective an ordinary wife, mother, and nurse, as she lives her way to peace in the face of some of life's most troubling questions.

"From the first pages I immediately realized I was in the presence of a gifted writer. In Nurse Richards, you find a gentle yet courageous soul, an artistic master of words, intellectual and guileless with an endearing simplicity of heart. Follow her as she battles unseen enemies with refreshing candor while deftly drawing the reader into her struggles against the stark and dark realities of adversity. This work is the story of a soul coming to a profound understanding of Christ, the gospels and the cross-a place where all should journey. Read. You will be nursed into someone you need to become."

-Dan'l C. Markham, Director of Partner Relations at Life Without Limbs

Author, with Nick Vujicic, of the Lost Mandate, A Christ Command Revealed

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Publishers Weekly
12/02/2013
Richards spent most of her life working as a nurse in various hospitals—an experience that showed her the best and worst of humanity, as well as the fragility of life. Additionally, one of her children suffered from significant health problems. Richards was constantly confronted by death and dying and spent years feeling numb, refusing to emotionally engage or accept the reality of her spiritual starvation. But when she began doing volunteer work with Joni and Friends, a Christian ministry devoted to helping the disabled, Richards came to terms with her spirituality, found God, and discovered the emotions she’d buried for years. Richards’s memoir is engaging but uneven. The author jumps between different parts of her story in a manner that can be confusing, while the crux of the story—her conversion to Christianity—is told in a way that feels like an afterthought. Richards also glosses over the emotional difficulties that made her job and life challenging, and because of this, readers—many of whom will see themselves in the author’s struggles—will never fully understand the intricacies of her remarkable story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449796600
  • Publisher: Author Solutions dba WestBow Press A Division of T
  • Publication date: 6/10/2013
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

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    Reviewed by Scott Albert for Readers' Favorite Crossing the Riv

    Reviewed by Scott Albert for Readers' Favorite

    Crossing the River Sorrow: One Nurse’s Story is written by debut author, Janet Richards, a mother, wife, and nurse turned writer/mixed media artist. This emotionally realistic story, by Westbow Press, is an autobiographical 222 pages, broken into 28 chapters or vignettes that explores Personal Growth & Inspiration. Adding quotes from authors like Blake and Shakespeare, Richards writes in first person. She uses a conversational tone and minimalist detail to keep readers engaged and turning the page. Starting in 1961, Long Island, she describes the love, loss, and lessons learned in her life, including becoming a nurse. She uses the metaphor of River Sorrow to move her narrative along setting a somber tone through 28 chapters. This unique perspective faces some of life’s more troubling questions and how she found answers in her faith in God.
     
    Richards is a talented writer, making creative analogies like “Not everyone who swims the River Sorrow will see all the good that the Bible promises...” And after watching patients sitting in a nursing home says she’s been shown “the all-encompassing power of God that is perfected in their weakness and vulnerability…” She compares her journey down this River Sorrow as a parable paralleling the Bible’s descriptions, so there’s a message within the narrative along with some social commentary that sets the tone of her experiences. Some of this reads like a diary - creatively non-fiction. Issues like her decision to leave nursing on little more than a whim, “slipping out without much forethought” and a conclusion that describes her faith in the Bible and Jesus, made this deeply emotional, even cathartic, at times. Looking for an autobiography of a retired nurse who has inspirational and religious insights to share? You’ve found a real gift.

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