Listen For The Whispers
(Cable Publishing 2010)
Kim Kluxen Meredith survived the loss of her beloved husband by listening to, and believing in, the little whispers that most of us choose to ignore.
After a tragic one-car accident, a young mother catapults from an idyllic life to one filled with grief and uncertainty. David Kluxen survived the accident but was paralyzed from the neck down. Now, both he and his beloved wife Kim knew that a lifetime of plans and wishes must be condensed into his remaining hours and days. By listening to the guiding whispers within her, Kim Kluxen Meredith’s journey from unfathomable heartache to a life once again filled with love and laughter is the inspiring story of hope for everyone who has experienced the loss of someone beloved to them.
Kim Kluxen Meredith superbly articulates the physical, spiritual and emotional anxieties of a wife and mother in the wake of tragedy. This work will help readers rediscover the value of their relationships-and listen for the whispers of hope in grief.
I recommend this book if you are looking for some emotional or spiritual relief from the grieving process – or, if you wish to gift to somebody else that is dealing with these issues.
More than just an account of a family’s tragedy, it is also a story of learning to overcome depression, anxiety, heartache, and the loss of a loved one to re-establish a life worth living for herself and her children. Eloquent and moving, inspired and inspiring, Listen for the Whispers is a highly recommended addition to personal reading lists and community library Self-Help collections.
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What I liked and appreciated best about author Kim Meredith’s book -” Listen for the Whispers: Coping with grief and learning to love again” – was that she fully stepped beyond her own personal sadness and grieving and added some helpful material to the pages of her book. She addresses ways to cope and handle what she personally went through dealing with the loss of her husband. She does not dwell on her own loss but seems to grow from it and expands. How she deals with what happened to her life when her husband dies are in the details of her memoir – but what truly comes across is her heartfelt spirit. This book is not just a telling of her experiences but more of an X-ray of her soul as she learns many lessons about her own self and life.
I started this book late one afternoon and then felt the need to get up at four in the morning to finish reading it before I could be interrupted by phone calls and emails. I wanted to absorb her feelings without having my attention distracted by my friends or family. So it was in the quiet hours of the early dawn that I read the final pages of her book. I now feel, as a minister, I have a great working tool to give to others who may have lost a loved one. The author provides a wonderful blueprint of sorts on she handled things that seems very wide and loose enough to accommodate other people’s needs.
You cannot help but come away liking Kim – her humbleness aside – she comes across as honest and loving and as someone you would love to speed time with in conversation if you needed a real friend. She writes well and captures the moments without beating you up with her widowhood. This is not an “I feel sad and sorry for myself book” – but one about a rebirth of purpose and love. It is an easy read that is both moving and inspiring. A book that is a cut above most other books about losing husbands and loved ones. She elevates her personal story by a positive sharing – without sermons or self-pity. A good story worth sharing with friends and family. I recommend this book if you are looking for some emotional or spiritual relief from the grieving process – or if you wish to gift to somebody else that is dealing with these issues.
Thank you for sharing your story Kim!
W. H. McDonald Jr.
Founder of The Military Writers Society of America
Author, award-winning poet, international motivational speaker
minister and advocate for veteran causes.
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