"Madeline Sharples’ Leaving the Hall Light On chronicles one woman’s challenges, grief and ultimately her healing as she and her family battle one son’s seven-year struggle with bipolar disorder and his untimely death by suicide. As I was searching for words to describe this book (words usually come easy to me), I could not find them. What to say about this book? Where are my words? Can you say you enjoyed a book about a mother’s grief over her son’s death? Not just his death, his suicide? I cannot say I enjoyed reading about her pain. What I can say is that this book completely engulfed my emotions. There were several times while reading, I realized I was not breathing. I had to remind myself to breathe. I realized that is a sign that I am “in” the book. The author had somehow allowed me in. I realized she had written me into her thoughts and emotions and had allowed me access to her experiences. I realized the images in the book were haunting me…the beautiful little boy, the handsome young man, the beautiful family of four, and then the family of three. Then, I found my words. This book is poetic. It is honest. It is raw. It is real. Mrs. Sharples has, in my opinion, poured her soul, in the form of ink, onto paper and decided to share it with the world.
"If you have ever been touched my bipolar disorder and/or suicide, this book is a must read.
"If you’ve been touched by any mental illness, this book is a must read.
"Even if you haven’t been touched by any of these things, this book will empower you to overcome any tragedies you’ll ever endure and inspire you to recover." ~ Emma
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