Blessed: A Family’s Struggle to Rise from the Ashes

After something traumatic happens, victims end up having their story told for them over and over again. It can seem perverse, like a performance on command for an audience without anything at stake. For the victim, there can be emotional power in determining how their story is told. The victim can center themselves in the story, flip the narrative from one about what happened to them, to one that explains their thoughts and feelings. I believe this is what Dr. Sherri Young was aiming to do in writing her emotionally resonant memoir, Blessed.

In 2018, the house in which Dr. Young, her husband, and their young daughter lived was suddenly destroyed in a propane explosion. Due to a serendipitous midnight wakening and correct emergency response, the three people living in the house managed to escape the blast. But the explosion was just the beginning; Blessed details their struggles with insurance companies, the loss of pets and cherished possessions, and returning to daily life after the trauma. It is a bumpy road, and the reader is given direct access to Dr. Young’s thoughts and feelings about the trauma and its aftermath.

This is a heartfelt story that stands as a great source of inspiration, but I would have enjoyed hearing more of the authors personal introspection and thoughts on this time in her life. This is a work that details the author’s intense (and understandable) feelings of anger, of loss, and of embarrassment, and I wanted to delve deeper into those feelings because what little is given is compelling. At multiple points in the book, she nearly melts with shame over her circumstances, and she never examines why she feels so much shame over something that is clearly not her fault. I think this comes out of the connection I felt with the author due to the fantastic writing. I just wanted to know so much more, and understand her so much better.

Even though Blessed is light on emotional introspection, this impassioned memoir still offers a lot of insight into how someone who suffers a catastrophic loss might feel. I can only hope that being able to tell her incredible story on her own terms is healing for Dr. Young. Overall, Blessed is a good, quick read, especially if you like to read stirring memoirs.

Pages: 124 | ASIN: B084BZKK1Z

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