Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Book Title: Seven Days to Say 'I Love You'
Author: Ashley Hames
Manuscript Copy
Reviewed by Michele Tater for The Couch Tater Review

A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist.
~Stewart Alsop

After his father is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Ashley is faced with the task of preparing his father to die and his family to grieve. Only days are given for his father to live. Although a close family, the words 'I love you' are not often said but are mostly inferred. Ashley makes it his goal to say those very words to his father before he pasts on. Most people have no problem in professing their love for one another, be it true or not, but Ashley finds it a true labor of love to utter them and mean them.

This a narrative of how Ashley and his family experience this heart wrenching stage of life. It is written in a raw, brutal and honest voice in describing the processes of saying goodbye to a treasured loved one. The author has opened his heart and his soul in writing this book and allows us to experience the pain and anguish felt from the lost of a parent.

I can not imagine loosing a close family member, especially my Dad. At the writing of this review, my Dad is scheduled to have open heart surgery which makes the fear of loosing him real. After reading this book, I have made it a point to tell my Dad and my Mom, that I love them. I find it a great gesture and a gift even to be able to say those words to them while they are still with me.

Words of caution: you will not be able to put this book down and it will change your outlook on life for the better. I actually was given this in a manuscript form, which I will cherish forever and always.