ABOUT ME

Beth Ann Blackwood

About

ABOUT ME

Beth Ann Blackwood

Beth Ann Blackwood is an author and self-employed commercial litigator from Dallas, Texas. She is widowed with 4 stepchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, and 4 recently acquired double step-grandchildren (her term for her stepson’s stepkids). She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in psychology and from Baylor Law School. She has worked in law and politics and is an AV rated lawyer.

Beth Ann Blackwood

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Life, Love, and Loss: One Year of
Coping with Grief

Part love story, part lamentation, part tentative hope, Moving Forward, Looking Back will resonate with anyone who has experienced devastating loss.

Moving Forward, Looking Back

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Moving Forward, Looking Back

By Beth Ann Blackwood

Grief weighs me down like a black bear settling in for hibernation on my shoulders. Experts say it takes at least a year to adjust to losing a spouse. I picture a knapsack filled with twelve heavy stones flattening me to the ground. As each month passes, a stone will work its way out of the pack until eventually I can get to my knees, then stand, and then walk. At least that’s the hope.

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Texas author Beth Ann Blackwood places before the reading public a book so insightful and sensitive about coping with the death of her husband Tom that she provides a supportive and inspiring resource for all who have lost a loved one or are preparing for such a loss … The atmosphere of her book is established in the brief introductory lines: “Grief weighs me down like a black bear settling in for hibernation on my shoulders. Experts say it takes at least a year to adjust to losing a spouse. I picture a knapsack filled with twelve heavy stones flattening me to the ground. As each month passes, a stone will work its way out of the pack until eventually I can get to my knees, then stand, and then walk. At least that’s the hope’… Rich in insights into the legal/political arena and competitive sports and medical management – and one thoroughly entertaining romance adventure – make this book a unique and supportive reading experience. Introducing a bright new rising star on the literary horizon! Very highly recommended.

Grady harp

Amazon Top 100 Hall of Fame Reviewer

Beth Ann and Tom’s relationship was not always easy, which makes their story relatable. Although they struggle, there is clearly love and admiration between them in the way that Beth Ann Blackwood portrays the relationship, and you can’t help but root for them throughout the book. The reader can feel her emotions through her personal and illustrative way of writing. Moving Forward, Looking Back,” is an illuminating and incredibly moving testament to the strength of human character. Just like she did when training for the Half Ironman, Blackwood begins to understand that much of life is pushing through the pain and just keeping going. It’s the journey that matters most and not the destination.

John J. Kelly

Detroit Free Press

In her own words, Beth Ann wrote this book because “one of [her] goals is to provide hope to those who are grieving.” Although this story is heartbreaking, her journey through grief and finding ways to cope are inspirational to anyone who might be going through something similar. She picks up new hobbies, talks to new people, forms new bonds with her pets, and much more. Even so, she makes sure to add in chapters where she is struggling. Coping with loss is not a straightforward experience, and ups and downs add a sense of realism to Moving Forward, Looking Back. Beth Ann shares the lessons that she learned and how to find hope again. Nuggets of wisdom from the Bible, C.S. Lewis, and Victor Frankl pepper the story and show the reader Beth’s desire to understand what is happening to her mind and soul during the grieving process. You will not come away empty handed from reading this compelling life, love story.

Brad Butler

Author of ‘A World Flight Over Russia’ & ‘Without Redemption

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