After reading the bestselling book “In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing” by Lee and Bob Woodruff, I didn’t hesitate to also pick up and read “Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Process” by Lee Woodruff. Woodruff’s down-to-earth approach to writing and her honesty make it a joy to read her books.
She deals honestly with all the good and bad occurrences in her life while willingly sharing the lessons learned and adding a bit of humor to the recipe. Parts of the book like the chapter titled Pets from Hell show how typical her family life is, but also leaves the reader in stitches as she describes the tenacity of her twins to acquire a dog and her tactics to keep them from reaching their goal.
Other parts of the book show her love and compassion even when things go wrong. After her critically injured husband woke up from his coma after a head injury suffered in Iraq, she mixes reality and gratitude with humor as she describes how she tries to maintain a happy, positive attitude. Woodruff also relates the acts of kindness and support from friends and family that helped her get through a difficult situation.
She recounts her closeness with her dad and how he always gave her good advice like, “Treat the waiter the same as the CEO, and you’ll probably find something to like about everybody.” Woodruff wonders how she will remember him when he’s gone and shares her feelings as she watches him deal with dementia.
Woodruff has a way of sharing her feelings openly with no reserve and letting the reader into her life. The love for her family, especially her children, shows through. She also demonstrates how good friends care for each other whether on the giving or receiving end of the care.
“…I have been taught some important lessons about being a caregiver, mother, wife, healer, friend, motivator, and the grateful recipient of oodles of love, goodwill, community support, and prayers,” writes Woodruff. She goes on to list the top 10 lessons in detail, so that readers know from someone whose been there how to genuinely help.
I highly recommend this book along with the bestselling book “In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing” by Woodruff and her husband Bob Woodruff. Both books share with the reader the important things in life.
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