Holding on to Hope and Faith in the Face of Early-Onset Alzheimer's
by Kathe Ambrose Goodwin
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Pub Date 07 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 01 Jul 2022
Greenleaf Book Group, River Grove Books
Alzheimer’s is a merciless thief, but it can’t steal love.
Dementia is a terrifying disease, snatching away memory and independence from those close to our hearts. Early-onset Alzheimer’s takes even more, stealing whole chapters of people’s lives. But love and hope do not have to fall victim to the disease.
In Love Remembers, Kathe Ambrose Goodwin shares how her family has coped with her husband Steve’s battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s, from the first signs something was wrong to living with the final stages of the disease with dignity, peace, and even joy. Kathe lays bare the pain and frustration of their journey and how her family’s love and faith shine through, giving meaning and hope to even the darkest days.
“Love Remembers is a beautiful read. It highlights important issues encountered on an incredibly difficult journey and how even the most brilliant individuals can be impacted by Alzheimer’s. It’s a story so many people will relate to.”
-Shelly Young, MS, program manager, Alzheimer’s Association, North Central Texas Chapter
“With unwavering honesty, Kathe tells the story of countless moments when faith, love, family, and community transformed chaos into order, darkness into light, and fear into peace. Love Remembers is an invaluable source of emotional support and spiritual comfort for those caring for their loved one through the devastating experience of Alzheimer’s.”
-Patrick O’Malley, PhD, grief therapist and author of Getting Grief Right: Finding Your Story of Love in the Sorrow of Loss
“Kathe’s story is both candid and heart-warming. It helps the reader process a heart-wrenching diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, using faith and hope as a constant guide. As I became immersed in her family’s journey, I found myself, at times, reliving our own family’s experience with dementia.”
-Gail Snider, executive director of Dementia Friendly Fort Worth
“From the prologue to the final chapter, Love Remembers brings the reader face to face with the realities of loving someone with memory loss. Readers will be able to relate to the stages one goes through when grieving the losses one faces through Alzheimer’s. Kathe is transparent in her telling of the struggle that is Alzheimer’s and generous with sharing the wisdom and insight she gained during her family’s journey.”
-Megan (Mrs. Victor) Boschini, wife of the chancellor of Texas Christian University
Average rating from 5 members
I really really enjoyed this book! It was very uplifting and informative, and empowering! I will definitely be adding this one to my physical collection.
I really enjoyed this book. There are a lot of religious references to the Bible which go hand in hand with what the author is talking about. If you aren’t religious, please, just read the book but skip over those parts. This book tells how dementia and Alzheimer’s affects people from the point of view of the author who goes through it with her loved one. Actually numerous loved ones. I believe everyone should read this book. It was great.
Thank you, Greenleaf Book Group, for the advance reading copy.
This memoir got me crying many a times while reading it. But also it gave me a lot of strength to understand the condition of early onset Alzheimer's.
The author has given us the real scenario of coping with a family member suffering from the condition. There's pain. There's frustrating moments. But the faith we put in our family will ever be strong and stronger through such hard times. The memoir shows this exactly.
Read this book to understand and know more about the condition. A must read I feel.
This is a touching, informative account of one woman loving and caring for her husband as he progresses through many stages of Alzheimer’s disease. If you know someone caring for a loved one with this insidious disease, I would highly recommend that you go out and buy them a copy of this book. If you thankfully don’t know anyone currently dealing with this, I would still recommend that you read it, as it is well written in as enjoyable a manner as it can be, considering its topic. Every journey is unique in its own way, but the author here gives you her insights along the way and shares both her triumphs and mistakes in being there for her husband. I would highly recommend this book. Thank you to NetGalley for the advance read copy.
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