Bounce: Learning to Thrive through Loss, Tragedy, and Heartache

by Aaron Früh

Reviewed by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D.



Aaron Fruh has delivered life-transforming truths birthed out of over-coming the trials he has encountered. He shares biblical insights and practical strategies for building your resilience so you can experience loss not as a monster that comes to steal your joy but as a mentor that comes to form your character. The author hopes that by the end of the book the reader will learn the person in the first chapter’s secret of bouncing back from life’s perils and pitfalls and focus their eyes once again on the scopas, reaching your personal God-ordained destiny. St. Paul, the apostle, in the first chapter learned how to press on regardless, and so can you! So, if the reader will permit the author to teach how to bounce back.


This book is organized into three parts. In part 1, you will discover that you have been wonderfully designed for resilience, you will learn how to reframe your perspective of loss, and you will discover three powerful questions whose hones answers will inspire you to begin the journey back to the land of the living. In part 2 you will look at four resilience blockers and how to defeat them. Be prepared for intense work, honesty and transparency in this section, because fortified obstacles to resilience don’t budge easily. Highlighting part 3 are four ways to activate your comeback. The reader can bounce back from life’s painful losses. This is actually a deeply rooted idea that comes straight from God’s heart to us through the Word, the Bible. The reader will discover the far-reaching significance of the biblical call to a resilient life throughout this book.


Each chapter gives questions that will allow the reader to reflect on their own story and gives an overall balance challenge. This is a great book for journaling and reflection. In taking this book seriously, simply find one person living in the depths of despair because of a painful loss and share with them what you’ve learned about bouncing back. Tell them your story of heartache and how the Lord is bringing you back from the brink. The only way you can make sense out of your pain is if it brings you closer to God and inspires in you empathy for others who are hurting.