“I recommend this book to not only those who lost a child or who struggle with the mental illness of a child, but to anyone at all who wants a deep, intimate read where the author bares her soul and lets you into her world!” ~ Bonni Rubinstein, Organizer of the Facebook group “Loss of an Adult or Young Adult Child
Hello Digital Book Today readers. The Book Buzz segment today features Leaving the Hall Light On by Madeline Sharples which is rated 4.8 stars on 41 reviews. Madeline Sharples offers the story of her son Paul’s journey into madness and the life she rebuilt from the rubble of profound sorrow and heartbreak. Sharples describes her grief and the guilt-ridden aftermath, and then moves forward to share with readers how she emerged from a heart-crushing event alive, whole, and productive. Interspersed with photographs, as well as poems stunning in bare emotion, Leaving the Hall Light On explains what happened in the life of Madeline’s family before and after the death of her eldest son, and how Madeline, her husband, and younger son claimed the ability to move forward with their lives–honoring the memory of Paul and facing honestly the toll his mental illness took on their family. Leaving the Hall Light On is a wonderful book that is rated 4.8 stars on 41 reviews.
“This book is a testament to the power of the human soul. It shows the strength of a woman and a family who had to go through the worst human tragedy, and get to the other side in a loving, peaceful and compassionate way. ” ~ Barbs, Amazon Review
“IIn Leaving the Hall Light On, Madeline Sharples has graciously given forth the experience of her son’s journey through life as a precious gift. Her son’s life and how he lived it, holds out tremendous value to those who care to listen.” ~ Keith Alan Hamiliton, Amazon Review
Book Description: Leaving the Hall Light On: A Mother’s Memoir of Living with Her Son’s Bipolar Disorder and Surviving His Suicide charts the near-destruction of one middle-class family whose son committed suicide after a seven-year struggle with bipolar disorder. Madeline Sharples, author, poet and web journalist, goes deep into her own well of grief to describe her anger, frustration and guilt. Read more »