web analytics
August 31, 2015 / 16 Elul, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


Home » Sections » Books »

Title: SNAPSHOTS In Memory of Ben

Title: SNAPSHOTS In Memory of Ben


Author: Alan Busch


Publisher: Water Forest Press


 


 


         The unthinkable tragic death of one’s child is a topic most of us find difficult to embrace. It’s just too frightening to think about, let alone delve deeply into it, especially if we have not, thank G-d, experienced this ourselves.

 

         However, in Alan Busch’s newly released heartening memoir SNAPSHOTS In Memory of Ben, he does just that. An observant Jew as well as an independent writer in Skokie, Illinois, Mr. Busch delves deeply into his story, powerfully so, in a way that mesmerizes the reader from the very first lines causing this honest and well-written book to become hard to put down.

 

         Busch bravely allows readers into this sacred world by sharing his reality in the aftermath of the tragic death of his 22-year-old son Ben, a”h.

 

         A bike courier in downtown Chicago, Ben was fatally struck by a truck making an illegal turn into an alley, changing the lives of the Busch family forever. While Mr. Busch’s story does not fully follow a clear linear time-line path, his approach works seamlessly and brilliantly.

 

         As the title explains, he offers his readers a journey into his unique collage of profound and touching memories he has of his son. Each chapter serves as a brief snapshot of their lives together – each one a diamond to cherish showing what an incredible soul his son was. The stories are woven together to paint an extraordinary picture of lives shared. Some are painful to read, others are deliciously endearing and charmingly sprinkled with relatable life-humor – and all are showcased with the infusion of faith in G-d.

 

         To say the reader will laugh and cry is not a cliché – it is as real as this father coping with real loss in his own unique and personal way. The book offers us an intimate look in the window of that experience.

 

         Before reading this book, I was hesitant to journey down the very difficult and frightening road of deep loss, perhaps because I felt this book sounded more appropriate for bereaved parents, much like the author. However, after reading it in one sitting simply because it was so mesmerizing that I could not put it down, I came away with the feeling of being enriched and honored.

 

         I may not have known the author’s cherished son during his lifetime, but the book superbly introduced me to who he was, and for that I will forever feel fortunate to have gotten to know him.

 

         The author said it best when he wrote, “As a Jew, my faith teaches me life is inherently miraculous and, therefore, holy. We serve as guardians of its sanctity. This belief sustains me when all that remains are a dress shirt and suit, a pair of old boots, a bicycle in need of repair and the discovery of his boyish signature while turning the page of a scrapbook. Though their bodies are gone, their physicality ended, we remain attached to our loved ones through remembrance, dedication and rededication, all of which remind us how fortunate we were to have enjoyed them for as long as we did.”

 

         For anyone who has suffered a loss, especially the loss of a child, this book will certainly serve as a comfort to know that you are not alone and that the author shares and expresses the words for what you most certainly feel deeply in your hearts.

 

         And for everyone else, this book is a must read for many reasons, but most assuredly, to share this very honest real-life experience and to know that out of tragedy does come a semblance of healing – one that Alan Busch has bravely and poignantly chosen to share with the world.

 

         To find out more about SNAPSHOTS In Memory of Ben or to order a copy, go to http://www.snapshotsinmemoryofben.com/index.htm

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Title: SNAPSHOTS In Memory of Ben”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Seder at the White House. The one without the kippa is President Obama.
Obama Cashes in on Separating Israel from American Jews’ Concerns
Latest Sections Stories
South-Florida-logo

The flag had been taken down in the aftermath of the Charleston shooting and was now back and flying.

South-Florida-logo

A light breakfast of coffee and danishes will be available during the program.

South-Florida-logo

A variety of glatt kosher food will be available for purchase at Kosher Korner (near Section 1).

South-Florida-logo

Jewish Press South Florida Editor Shelley Benveniste will deliver a talk.

Corey Brier, corresponding secretary of the organization, introduced the rabbi.

The magnificent 400-seat sanctuary with beautiful stained glass windows, a stunning carved glass Aron Kodesh, a ballroom, social hall, and beis medrash will accommodate the growing synagogue.

Even when our prayers are ignored and troubles confront us, Rabbi Shoff teaches that it is the same God who sent the difficulties as who answered our prayers before.

I’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions regarding bullies, friendship and learning disabilities.

His parents make it clear that they feel the right thing is for Avi to visit his grandfather, but they leave it up to him.

There is a rich Jewish history in this part of the world. Now the hidden customs are being revealed, as many seek to reconnect with their roots.

There are times when a psychiatrist will over-medicate, which is why it’s important to find a psychiatrist whom you trust and feel comfortable with.

On November 22, 1963, Abraham Zapruder created one of the most famous, and valuable, pieces of film and became forever linked with one of the greatest American national tragedies when he stood with his camera on an elevated concrete abutment as President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Exhibited here is […]

More Articles from Shayna Hunt
book-between-10-and-5

No one likes to dwell about loss, or delve into the nitty-gritty issues and emotions that come along with losing a loving parent to a horrible illness. However life happens, and the sad truth is that many people every day lose parents to illness or age. It’s the facts of life.

Lessons-logo

The other night, after having a truly bad day where nothing seemed to go right, I jokingly changed my Facebook status to “I have had one of those awful, miserable, terrible days! And there is NO chocolate in the house!”

I was writing in my home office, and the back door was open, letting the breeze waft in. It was quiet, except for a loud squawking squirrel outside. In fact, he was so loud that it sounded as if he was in the next room. I stopped typing and unsteadily dragged myself to the dining room door, terrified to open it.

I recently received an envelope from Belgium, with legal documents informing me that I was found eligible to receive Holocaust compensation. I saw this as a symbolic rectification of a bitter injustice that seemed to represent the very essence of my life. As I flipped through the pages, my mind wandered back to my childhood.

The unthinkable tragic death of one’s child is a topic most of us find difficult to embrace.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/title-snapshots-in-memory-of-ben/2008/01/16/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: