The Gift of Goodbye by Rebecca Whitehead Munn
Published by She Writes Press on July 18th 2017
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Body, Mind & Spirit, Death, Grief, Bereavement, Healing, Personal Memoirs, Prayer & Spiritual, Self-Help
Have you faced the loss of a parent, struggled with how to say goodbye? Have you felt the depth of pain of the loss, not knowing where to turn or how to cope? Have you questioned your faith and let fear take over in times of loss? Are you comfortable in your skin or still try to fit in? Rebecca Whitehead Munn, a mother of two children under the age of five, is going through a divorce when she discovers that her mother, 3,000 miles away, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. In The Gift of Goodbye, she shares how this experience led to a heart-opening expansion, and encourages readers to believe that they, too, can form new beliefs and new connections and elevate their difficult experiences to a higher level of authenticity. The story is her account of living through two major life transitions within a three-year span, and the resulting shift she made in the process–due to the lasting gift of love from her now-deceased mother, her courage, and the choice she made to expand into more of who she was at her core as everything about life as she knew it changed.
On July 18, 2017, Rebecca Whitehead Munn’s book, The Gift of Goodbye, was released by She Writes Press. Being a blogger with BookSparks, I was fortunate enough to be included in the book tour for this 280-page debut memoir that shares Ms. Munn’s self-discovery, having learned of her mother’s cancer diagnosis.
The entire book takes place over the span of a three-year period. Author, Rebecca Whitehead Munn shares her story of struggling through the process of her divorce when her mother was diagnosed with her terminal illness – cancer – right in the middle of it.
I think everyone can relate to this story, as we have all experienced some sort of grief in our lives. This is Ms. Munn’s story of finding herself or what she calls a “heart-opening journey” and she shares her shares the truest of conversations between she and her mother as they walk their journeys together.
While Ms. Munn doesn’t divulge much about her childhood or the reasoning behind her failed marriage, she does dive right into how she dealt with her mom’s situation. As the mother/daughter relationship deepens, Ms. Munn finds the gift of being able to share with her mother from her heart. Readers walk through Ms. Munn’s life, including her mom’s remission, and then only to realize it was a temporary remission.
I loved how Ms. Munn shares her walk as she transforms from a life full of fear to finally being able to trust God and her faith in Him knowing that He is greater than anything she could understand. She shares how her difficult experiences of divorce and her mother’s illness leads her to her own self-discovery. She also encourages readers to change their thinking so they can also discover their true selves.
Her symbol of a purple butterfly was really cool too – it showed the path of a butterfly being similar to Ms. Munn’s life journey – transforming from a caterpillar transitioning from its cocoon and emerging into flight in its path of freedom as a butterfly.
As a Christian, I truly appreciated Ms. Munn’s mentioning of a higher power and I felt that it brave of her to be honest about how she felt her mother’s soul to say, “I wonder if I am worthy of receiving God”.
At the end, Ms. Munn shares the awesome love between a mother and daughter, and it shares with readers the growth of love in her heart as she moved though the process of saying goodbye to her mother. The Gift of Goodbye is a very powerful memoir that truly tugs at the heart, while keeping readers captivated from cover to cover.
Rebecca Whitehead Munn, MBA, was born in Bloomington, Indiana, and grew up in Houston, Texas. Her debut memoir, The Gift of Goodbye: A Story of Agape Love, will be released July 18, 2017. She is a general manager of a healthcare services business for an employee-owned boutique consulting firm. She has a BBA in marketing with a minor in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and an executive Masters of Business administration degree from the University of Colorado.
Ms. Munn leverages her expertise as a certified HBDI professional through all of her interactions to inform expectations and guide communications. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her two teenage children, friends, and chocolate lab, Coco, practicing yoga, snow skiing, golfing, and entertaining. She has lived in Nashville, Tennessee since 2005.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSparks in exchange for this post. I was not required to post a positive review, but I chose to do so because I enjoyed the book! Thanks so much!