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Found this book to be very interesting and I like the idea of the “block drawing” in dealing with grief. I could have used this years ago.  Great job, Debra.
— Kathy,
As a visual person who also feels the need to keep a journal, I read Debra Walling’s book with a sense of both sadness and joy. Sadness as I lost my mother twenty three years ago and still find myself searching for the telephone to ask about her spaghetti sauce recipe or just to talk. It is always a shock that I cannot reach her in that manner, yet I feel her presence more and more as I grow old.

Joy in seeing Debra’s fascinating art and reading her heartfelt, poignant search for peace and joy in a world without her mother. Her voyage is one of courage, tenacity, growth and love and makes me feel I am a better, more knowing person for this glimpse into another beings’ gentle soul.
— Jill Branham East 09/2015 Florida
I eagerly purchased Coping with Grief One Square at a Time and couldn’t wait to read it. The book is an easy read and I found it to be very helpful. One of many things I took away from this book was a better understanding of how different grief can affect us all. I am grateful that Debra mentioned how within our own family how different the loss can affect us and made me better aware of what the needs of my own family may be. Some family members are closer than others. That’s not a bad thing, but could make the emotions we feel when we loose someone just a little more painful and harder to recover from. My deceased mother lived with my sister and now, all these years later, I wish I had given her more opportunities to talk about how the loss of our mother affected her. Great book! I highly recommend it.
— Patti Emmons 09/2016 Florida
Wow - what an awesome book for those trying to deal with loss of a loved one. One step at a time, this will help those in grief. This can change your life.
— Anonymous 07/2016 New York
Debra’s book on recovering from grief is beautifully written with meaning and purpose. The artful and beautifully depicted squares enables the reader to deal with grief one day, one month at a time that provides thoughtfulness and inspiration. Debra’s grieving process is written with wisdom and from the heart. This is a valuable and useful book for one who grieves. Tending To My Wounds is a must read bringing thought and feeling to the process of grief.
— EW 08/2016 Florida
Debra Walling made an immediate good impression on me at our first meeting: She was, and is, open-hearted and comfortable in her own skin, strengths that make for building trust and friendship. I am glad that we have become friends.

Tending to My Wounds: Coping with Grief One Square at a Time is Debra’s description of her movement through deep sadness toward healing, through isolation toward outreach. Her strengths that meant so much to me upon meeting her are present in this book: Grieving daughter, open and inviting, journeying on the mysterious road from life to death to life again. She invites us to join her on this journey that all of us know, because we are mortal.

As Debra makes abundantly clear in Tending To My Wounds, death and grief are not subjects we usually are eager to explore. But explore them we must, because they are part of our humanity.

I’m grateful for knowing Debra, and grateful for her invitation in Tending to My Wounds to journey with her on this mysterious road, for it is a journey we find easier when we’re with a friend who holds our hand and opens her heart. I recommend spending time with this journal/book.
— John Sims 02/2016 Florida