Publisher: Hachette Audio
Release Date: October 01, 2019
Genre: Memoir / Humor / Nonfiction
Listening Length: 7 hours and 58 minutes
In 2017, Jeannie’s life came to a crashing halt when she was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor. As the mother of 5 kids-6 if you include her husband-sat in the neurosurgery department in star-covered sweats too whimsical for the seriousness of the situation, all she could think was “Am I going to die?”
Thankfully, Jeannie and her family were able to survive their time of crisis, and now she is sharing her deeply personal journey through this miraculous story: the challenging conversations she had with her children; how she came to terms with feeling powerless and ferociously crabby while bedridden and unable to eat for a month; and how she ultimately learned, re-learned and re re-learned to be more present in life.
With sincerity and hilarity, Jeannie invites you into her heart (and brain) during this trying time, emphasizing the importance of family, faith and humor as keys to her recovery and leading a more fulfilling life.
I absolutely loved When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People by Jeannie Gaffigan, and if you can I highly recommend listening to it on audiobook!
Jeannie Gaffigan is definitely one badass woman, and I loved listening to her story. The book touches on everything from family to faith, and she talks about what happened from before she found out about the tumor to her recovery process. I listened to the audiobook which has a forward by Jim Gaffigan and is read by both Jeannie and her sister Liz since her voice isn’t back to normal. I can only imagine how difficult it was for her to talk for hours just to record this book, and how exhausting it must have been. Her recovery process was no joke and I was deeply moved by everything she had to go through.
I love Jim Gaffigan and now I love Jeannie just as much after this incredibly personal story. When Life Gives You Pears also talks about how they met which I absolutely loved. I really like knowing more about them and their family, and this book was really touching. Although it does talk about faith, it doesn’t overpower the book so if you aren’t a believer you should still enjoy it.
Song/s the book brought to mind: Un Lugar Celestial (A Heavenly Place) by Jaci Velasquez
Final Thought: I could literally just spew wonderful things about this book all day long, but I will wrap this up. When Life Gives You Pears is full of humor and heart, and you will definitely shed a few tears. Jeannie’s positivity is truly an inspiration, and if you are a fan of the Gaffigan’s this is definitely going to be a must read/listen!
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5