"Making Sense When Life Doesn't" by Cecil Murphey is a collection of short stories about times that the author or someone he knew experienced senseless life situations. The aim of the book is to prepare readers for the tough times so that they have the tools needed to get through the time and persevere. The reader can read the book from cover to cover or pick and choose from numerous chapters covering a myriad of subject areas.
I had high expectations for this book but I feel it did not deliver like it could have. There were some pretty good bones but I felt it was lacking meat. For example, the chapters are nicely named and divided by subject area (something I liked) but in each chapter there was a story and no practical advice for the reader who is suffering. It was like offering a cure and giving a diagnosis instead. I did pass on my copy of this book to a friend who is serving her first stint in the Navy and having a hard time with it. I hope that this book can offer comfort to her and I hope that, if you choose to read it, it offers some to you, too.
I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.