I‘ve Never Loved Him More is one wife’s story of what it means to live out her vows, “in sickness and in health,” as her husband’s caregiver in his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. This story takes the reader through discovery, acceptance, adjustment, and battle against the ravages of what is often seen as a soul-crushing disease. Armed with faith, humor, and a history of spiritual victories, Candy demonstrates how she is loving her way through the mind-maze that would steal her husband of four decades.
Like the true story-teller she is, Candy spins out the funny scenes, bringing on belly laughter, sometimes even in the midst of tears. It’s never forced. It’s never inappropriate. It’s just true wit, born of a cheerful spirit that cannot be daunted by even this long, trying ordeal.
In her use of Scripture, Candy doesn’t ask the reader to simply read the passages and have faith. She is concrete in her explanation of just how those verses work in a life that’s being put through the refining fire, which is both humbling and uplifting. Writing truth from a place of authenticity, she speaks in simplistic terms to the person who is writhing, giving the benefit of her hard-won wisdom and experience without ever being condescending. She owns her mistakes as well as her triumphs.
I’ve Never Loved Him More will be a companion to the caregiver in the often overwhelming moments. The woman who is sobbing because her husband is disappearing before her eyes will be grateful for Candy’s example of strength in the midst of adversity, and her whole family will benefit.
This book is not only essential reading for those living through the challenges posed by dementia and Alzheimer’s; it is recommended for those who plan to marry as this book exemplifies what it means to live out vows taken at the altar.
Masterfully and sincerely written, this work of the heart will leave an indelible mark on each reader.