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Finding your way through loss and discovering a fresh sense of purpose-A review of Mercy Osandatuwa’s out of the ashes


Title: Out of the Ashes

Author: Mercy Osandatuwa

Year of Publication: 2023

Number of Pages: 132

Category: Memoir

“Out of the Ashes” by Mercy Osandatuwa is a captivating read that delves into the complexities of love, loss, and resilience. If you’ve never experienced true love from a partner, you might initially question the depth of affection Mercy portrays from her husband, Jolomi. However, as you immerse yourself in the pages of this book, you’ll find yourself contemplating life’s deeper meanings and why cherished moments often seem fleeting.

Osandatuwa’s candid storytelling provides a raw and authentic look into her life, shedding light on the pain hidden beneath her outward grace. From her childhood experiences to her marriage and widowhood, the author’s narrative offers profound insights into her character and journey.

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The unexpected twists and turns in Mercy’s story keep readers engaged, from revelations about her marriage of 24 years to the realization that she and Jolomi have four children. Through it all, Mercy’s intentional nature and determination to make her marriage work shine through, demonstrating the impact of childhood experiences on shaping our futures.

Mercy’s honesty about the challenges she faced in her marriage serves as a reminder that no relationship is perfect. Her vulnerability invites readers to empathize with her fears and anxieties, especially as she navigates her husband’s illness.

With empathy, sensitivity, and a genuine regard for those who have experienced loss, Mercy tackles the complexities of widowhood with grace. Her motivational tone and unwavering faith offer solace and upliftment to readers facing similar struggles.

Ultimately, “Out of the Ashes” is a testament to the power of resilience and the importance of leaning on loved ones during life’s trials. Mercy’s story inspires readers to embrace life’s possibilities and find the courage to press onward, even in the face of grief and adversity.

About the reviewer
Titilade Oyemade is a business executive in a leading organisation and holds a degree in Russian Language. She’s the convener of the Hangoutwithtee Ladies Event and the publisher of Hangoutwithtee magazine. She spends her weekends attending women conferences, events and book readings. She loves to have fun and to help other women have the same in their lives. Email: [email protected] Social: @tiipreeofficial