Come, Sweet Day by Julianne Donaldson

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Book Review of Come, Sweet Day by Julianne Donaldson

It’s been a rough 18 months. Pandemic. Quarantines. Shutdowns. Riots. Crazy elections. Masks. Vaccinations. Distance learning (and distance teaching). School with masks. Not seeing family. Sickness. Job loss. Change in routine. Loss of friends and family members. Mental health is in crisis right now. Even though things seem more normal, in a lot of ways they are still not back to normal. Many people have suffered over the past 18 months. We all know this. We’ve all felt and experienced it in some way. What do books have to do with it? Beloved author Julianne Donaldson has written Come, Sweet Day to give hope to people during these stressful times. It’s full of inspiration and light—light that we desperately need during these dark times.


Created to provide solace, strength, and inspiration, Come, Sweet Day is for anyone feeling weighed down by life. This collection of poems and essays, written by an award-winning author, reminds each of us that we are not alone. God is good, and we can see His love even in dark times.

Though loneliness and despair may at times seem overwhelming, the words on these pages encourage us to seek for grace, to find the light and let it in, and to hold on to hope.

There are good days coming.

My Book Review:

I needed this book. I read it at the perfect time for me. It’s short and sweet, and packed with little golden nuggets of inspiration. I love the layout, photos, fonts, colors, and texture of this book. All of it from the cover art to the words on the page speak of light, hope, and of good things ahead.

One thing I took away from this book is that God may not take away our trials as we hope He will. We may still need to suffer, cry, and live in survival-mode for longer than we think we should. We may not see a miracle that immediately solves our problem. Not fun, right? That’s not what we want, but in the end we learn and grow from our struggles. We’re stronger after we come out the other side. Finding those lessons and strengths along the way will help us find meaning in what we’re going through.

Ms. Donaldson has crafted a beautiful piece of artwork in this book. Some of the pieces are poetry. Some are essays. Each piece will uplift and bring hope to help you through tough times. I love that they are real, raw, and unapologetic. Many times we try and hide our pain or apologize for feeling that way and not being perfect. It’s time to get over that. We need to help each other and strengthen each other. No one is perfect. Everyone struggles with something. Instead of tearing each other down we need to support and lift each other. We need to be bucket-fillers (that’s what we call it in my class). This book would be the perfect gift for yourself or someone you know is struggling. It’s a book that you can go back to again and again to receive inspiration and find hope. I loved it!

Content Rating GContent Rating: G (It’s clean!)

Recommendation: YA+

My Rating: 4.5/5

4.5 Star Rating

Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


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