Book review: “Option B – Facing Adversity…” by S. Sandberg

by Rebecca Henderson Palmer on August 14, 2017

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of “Lean In”, talks about what to do when you face devastating loss, undeniable grief, and unanticipated setbacks in this follow up to her blockbuster book on female empowerment. Here, Sheryl tackles the darker side of female empowerment – she details her journey from devastation and back to joy when she suddenly loses her husband Dave after finding him dead on the floor of a gym due to an undiagnosed cardiac condition. Sheryl talks about the survivor’s guilt, the excruciating pain, the loneliness, and the despair when she realizes she will never again see or speak to the love of her life and father of her children.

Filled with Mr. Grant’s research and backed up by Sheryl’s personal experiences, this is about digging deep and overcoming the most overwhelming of setbacks. This is the unglamorous side of coming into your own. It’s about persevering even when the very worst happens. She talks about coming to terms with being a single parent, finding paths to joy once more, and even finding the courage to love, live, and thrive again. This book is not just for those who have faced calamitous defeats – it is for those who have stumbled, those who have plunged, and everyone in between. Very few women go through life without facing a truly catastrophic, life altering obstacle. Sheryl emphasizes that it’s OK to cry, to grieve, to despair, but it’s just as important to take purposeful steps forward once more. Irreverent humor can heal wounds, as can journaling, counseling, and the balm of friends and family who listen. Written by someone who has been in the trenches, Sheryl speaks from the heart, reminding men and women that life throws everything at us, and that it’s OK to mourn but it’s just as important to get to the other side and live once more.

Amazon link is here.

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