Suzy Farbman was a successful author who Oprah introduced to the world as an expert on the tough challenge of saving a marriage. But, behind the scenes, Suzy's world was falling apart after an ominous diagnosis from her doctors. For years, Suzy had traveled widely as a writer for magazines including Better Homes and Gardens. Back from Betrayal, the popular memoir by Suzy that Oprah recommended, told how Suzy and her husband repaired deep problems in their own marriage. Suddenly, readers nationwide were seeking Suzy's advice about relationships. Yet, at the height of this success, Suzy privately knew that her body was failing from stage four cancer. Facing the same tough journey that looms for millions of Americans each year, this tough journalist suddenly found herself scared. This athlete suddenly found herself weak. This big-hearted wife, mother and grandmother worried that she didn't have much time left to enjoy the relationships that defined her life. Fear. Weakness. Facing death. These are life's deepest spiritual challenges, Suzy discovered. Searching for solutions, Suzy also found that America's wealth of medical expertise is equaled by our wealth of spiritual resources. Like millions of Americans, Suzy searched for the best doctors-but she also called on her colorful circle of friends and tried everything from psychotherapy to contemplating angels, from ancient prayers to a hope in miracles. Her warm, suspenseful and often funny journey of mixed disciplines is far from a dead end! Suzy realized that God reaches out to us through all of these resources-from doctors to spiritual teachers. As a veteran writer, Suzy quickly picked up her pen and now invites readers into her journey of survival and spiritual awakening. Best of all, none of the awakenings that Suzy describes in this moving story turned out to be miracles. Instead, she argues that anyone can look for the same kinds of GodSigns that broke through into her world on a daily basis. Anyone can find hope with Suzy as their guide through one of life's biggest challenges. If you enjoyed her earlier book about marriage-Back from Betrayal: Saving a Marriage, a Family, a Life-then, you're sure to love GodSigns. If you're meeting Suzy for the first time, you won't find a better storyteller to take your hand through America's diverse wealth of medical and spiritual treasures. Other books about recovery and spiritual transformation lead readers to more blind alleys than bright doorways. Suzy specializes in finding the light in the most unlikely of places. Other books about survival are grim. But, as you turn the pages of GodSigns, you'll find yourself smiling, occasionally even laughing. You'll meet surprising people in these pages. Think of the startling truth and eye-opening adventure of Eat, Pray, Love. With Suzy Farbman's new book, you're in the hands of another great American writer.
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I have read both of Suzy's books. Her life seems to be very complicated on so many levels. She has made tremendous efforts to tackle her problems on every level with the commitment to make a better healthier life for herself. Her writing displays her sadness and happiness. She has created a circle of friendship connected to her healing that has worked for her. I think there is something for everyone to learn from her perserverqnce to a happy life.
This evening I will be attending a book reading by Godsigns' author Suzy Farbman. I thoroughly enjoyed reading both of Farbman's books and, believe her insights, wisdom and strength provide answers (or at least direction) to those who feel they were "short-changed" at various points in their lives. For me, reading Farbman's work was as though I were in her head, or perhaps, somehow, she were in mine. She writes with a natural, familiar tone and shares deep feelings, insights, thoughts, social insecurities -- all human, though rarely admitted. I rode the emotional roller coaster of Godsigns during airplane flights to/from Tennessee and San Francisco, repeatedly disrupting nearby passengers as I choked up, cried, or burst into laughter. Her humor was highly appreciated. The message of the book is far broader and more helpful than its title / subject-matter implies. For example, her (at times) strained relationship with her mother, and associated guilt for not visiting "enough" or for judging her mother's choices, was an area that struck a guilty chord with me. While her situation was very different, and far worse than mine, the wisdom she ultimately acquired was very helpful. These are two books to share, cringe, cry and laugh. And learn.