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Book Review: And The Storm Came by Kike Mudiaga

He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might, he increases their strength. Isaiah 40:29

And The Storm Came is a book on grieving and how to grieve right and yet know when it is time to move on. The Good Book says that mourning with them that mourn is a virtue. When Kike lost four members of her family in the space of a couple of years, she didn’t know she would make it through. She speaks of her struggles and pains and trials and how she made it through in spite of herself. She writes on grief and how it is so devastating that it affects every aspect of the human being including the soul. She writes on her journey through grief and how she moved from grieving to living again, to loving again.

One of the strangest things about being traumatized is the fact that life doesn’t stop for you. The planes still fly over the sky, the birds still chirp, people keep living and doing whatever it is they were doing before whatever caused your traumatic experience happened. As it were, it is as if you are the only one who stopped. It almost seems that the universe stopped existing for you. For others it all just goes on. It is as if you are the only one disconnected from everyday life. This is why Kike Mudiaga’s book is important.

She doesn’t ignore the pain or yell ‘get over it’ like much of the world are wont to do. She sympathizes because she understands pain and its senselessness in the face of the callousness of the world we live in. Then she goes beyond understanding the pain to the purpose. From the purpose of pain, she moves on to fighting to live again; to living a life of value to learning to love and receiving love.  From this point, she moves to helping others because one thing most people never realize is that man is not an island and there are not so many people who understand that there is fulfillment in helping others travel easier through roads that were very difficult for you to pass through.

She says many never make it past grieving to living and loving again and it is especially for you that she writes. Every human being is like a tapestry sent to the earth to live and touch and impact other lives. It would be a tragedy if the world never got to see the masterpiece you are. This is another reason why this book is important.

The book struck me to my core. Reading it was a journey for me because you may not actually have experienced death but you may have experienced the death of your dreams or grandparents and you must move past it. For many people, telling them to do the things that their loved ones would have wanted them to do help their psyche adjust to the continuity of life. This book shows you why you should grieve and move on to not just living a dead existence (where it doesn’t really matter) but being vitally alive.

It is a must have. You should buy one for yourself and five more for family, friends and that neighbour you know might not have gotten over a loved one’s death. Many people stop living when they lose a loved one. Our world needs more brothers’ keepers, that one who lives to please the One greater than him. Buy it and pray that the Lord will work through it and reach someone who is suffering. There is a way to grieve right and we should be teaching the world how; that is purpose in itself.

Kike Mudiaga’s book can be found in bookstores in Nigeria and on Amazon. It is also available on Konga.com for the price of N2, 100 with free delivery. Click here to buy

 

 

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