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A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss (Revised, Expanded)

A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss (Revised, Expanded)

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With vulnerability and honesty, Jerry Sittser walks through his own grief and loss to show that new life is possible--one marked by spiritual depth, joy, compassion, and a deeper appreciation of simple and ordinary gifts. This 25th anniversary edition features a new introduction and two additional chapters, one which provides help for pastors and counselors.

Loss came suddenly for Jerry Sittser. In an instant, a tragic car accident claimed three generations of his family: his mother, his wife, and his young daughter. While most of us will not experience such a catastrophic loss in our lifetime, all of us will face some kind of loss in life. But we can, if we choose, know the grace that transforms us.

Whether your suffering has come in the form of chronic illness, disability, divorce, unemployment, crushing disappointment, or the loss of someone you love, Sittser will help you put your thoughts into words in a way that will guide you deeper into your own healing process.

This revised edition of A Grace Disguised plumbs the depths of our sorrows, asks questions many people are afraid to ask, and provides hope in its answers:

  • Will the pain ever subside?
  • Will my life ever be good again?
  • Will the depression ever lift?
  • Will I ever overcome the bitterness I feel?
  • What is God's plan in all of this?
  • The circumstances are not important; what we do with those circumstances is. In coming to the end of ourselves, we can come to the beginning of a new life.

    ABCs of Healthy Grieving

    ABCs of Healthy Grieving

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    Nationally recognized grief educator Harold Ivan Smith brings over twenty-five years of professional experience in grief recovery to ABCs of Healthy Grieving. Seventy-two brief suggestions for healthy grieving, each two-pages in length and titled starting with a letter of the alphabet followed by an "I Can" statement, encourage those suffering the loss of a loved one to grow through grief spiritually and emotionally. One particular aspect of living with grief day-to-day is introduced with relevant quotes and short excerpts. Readers can read ABCs of Healthy Grieving cover to cover, or choose a single topic to help them through their day.
    Beyond the Broken Heart: A Journey Through Grief (Anniversary) (10TH ed.)

    Beyond the Broken Heart: A Journey Through Grief (Anniversary) (10TH ed.)

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    How do you understand grief when your heart is broken by the death of a loved one?


    To survive and live forward, you must find answers. Beyond the Broken Heart is for anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. Author Julie Yarbrough chronicles her personal experience combined with a deep love of Scripture and shares an authentic and deeply personal journey through grief. The book explains both the spiritual and practical issues of grief and suggests specific strategies to guide you back to fulness of life. This book is also designed to be used as the participant book for grief support groups and grief ministry programs.


    This edition celebrates the 10th anniversary of this profoundly helpful guide through the journey of grief.

    Daring to Dance Again

    Daring to Dance Again

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    Daring to Dance Again: Pearls of Wisdom for a Soul-Filled Life is a compilation of personal stories - sad and joyful, painful and funny. They are also universal stories that speak to our common humanity. The stories embrace our fallibilities and our weaknesses. They show us at our lowest moments. They also shine a light, showing the way. The author hopes these stories, in some small way, will help others embrace God and His heavenly and earth angels who are there to lift us up.


    Life is full of journeys that we did not choose to make. Some journeys - divorce, cancer, death - choose us. They test our faith. Yet it is faith, along with the love of others that save us.


    Each chapter of Daring to Dance Again will elicit different emotions, and each chapter concludes with "A Pearl of Wisdom," a bit of inspiration the author has gleaned from her life. Together these stories will resonate with readers who have dealt with divorce, grief, and loss, a serious illness, or any other challenge in life. And it will leave them with a renewed faith in God and a sense of hope.

    Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages (Anniversary)

    Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages (Anniversary)

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    This story by Leo Buscaglia is a warm, wonderfully wise and strikingly simple story about a leaf names Freddie. How Freddie and his companion leaves change with the passing seasons, finally falling to the ground with winter's snow, is an inspiring allegory illustrating the delicate balance between life and death.

    The Fall of Freddie the Leaf is a warm and thought-provoking story and both children and adults will be deeply touched by this inspiring book. This 20th anniversary edition of this beloved classic has helped thousands of people come to grips with life and death.
    Grief Light: Reflections on Grief

    Grief Light: Reflections on Grief

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    " Grief Light is for anyone who is grieving. From her personal perspective on the "light" side of grief, the author illuminates many of the universal truths of grief through practical, spiritual illustrations and examples from ordinary life. Written in an informal, approachable style, each brief meditation offers grief insight through the rich imagery of stories and scenes from everyday experience, supported by Scripture and a prayer idea. Through these positive, uplifting reflections on life and love and death, you will discern how your faith can grow as a gift of grief through the steadfast love and faithfulness of God. When you read these "almost devotionals," you may think, "Oh yes, that happened to me" or "Now I understand more about what it is I'm feeling" or "I thought I was the only one who'd ever experienced that" or "There's really some plain talk here about human nature." Grief Light also addresses some of the more contemporary, yet seldom fully acknowledged issues that surround grief, including collective/communal grief, incomplete grief, compound grief, and complicated grief. The hope is that the heart and spiritual truths of Grief Light will guide you toward a better understanding of your grief and direct you away from the darkness, toward the light of new life."
    Grief One Day at a Time

    Grief One Day at a Time

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    After a loved one dies, each day can be a struggle. But each day, you can also find comfort and understanding in this daily companion. With one brief entry for every day of the calendar year, this little book by beloved grief counselor Dr. Alan Wolfelt offers small, one-day-at-a-time doses of guidance and healing. Each entry includes an inspiring or soothing quote followed by a short discussion of the day's theme. This compassionate gem of a book will accompany you.
    Grievers Ask: Answers to Questions about Death and Loss

    Grievers Ask: Answers to Questions about Death and Loss

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    In his counseling work, Harold Ivan Smith has heard all the questions - even the most obscure, personal, and difficult ones - that occur to grievers as they process their loss. Here he compiles more than 150 common questions, explores the emotions behind them, and provides clear and forthright responses. Whether readers find the answers they seek, new perspectives to ponder, or comfort from knowing that others ask similar questions, this valuable resource will guide individuals who are in the midst of grief and those who wish to provide comfort.

    Grieving Is Loving: Compassionate Words for Bearing the Unbearable

    Grieving Is Loving: Compassionate Words for Bearing the Unbearable

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    In the style of a quote-a-day collection, this book from Wisdom's bestselling author Joanne Cacciatore distills down the award-winning book Bearing the Unbearable into easy-to-access small chunks, and includes much brand-new material, including new prose and poems from Dr. Jo and other sources as well.

    From INDIES Gold Medal Award-Winner and Wisdom Bestseller Joanne Cacciatore

    If you love, you will grieve--and nothing is more mysteriously central to becoming fully human. This book is a companion to carry with you throughout your day, to touch in with and be supported by when bearing the unbearable pain of a loved one's death--whether weeks or years since their passing. Our culture often makes the bereaved feel alone, isolated, broken, and like they should just "get over it"--this book offers a loving antidote. Open to any page and you'll find something that will instantly help you feel not alone, while honoring the full weight of loss.

    This book is comprised of quotations from Bearing the Unbearable, and other sources as well, plus an enormous amount of new material from Dr. Jo. Especially well-suited for the grieving mind that may struggle with concentration, just 30 seconds on any page will empower, hearten, and validate any bereaved person--helping give strength and courage to bear life's most painful losses.

    Praise for Bearing the Unbearable

    "This masterpiece is the greatest gift I could give to someone entrenched in grief, or to the loved ones of the bereaved."--The Tattooed Buddha

    "Simply the best book I have ever read on the process of grief."--Huffington Post

    "Anyone who's trying to deal with a loss, or anyone who knows someone dealing with a loss, (and in truth, isn't that everyone?) will benefit from reading this amazing book."--Foreword Reviews

    "It offers hope for those who feel like their loss has disconnected themselves forever from humanity and the circle of life."--Doug Bremner, MD, professor of psychiatry, Emory University and author of You Can't Just Snap Out of It

    "This is a holy book, riddled with insight and compassion."--Francis Weller, author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow

    Grieving: A Beginner's Guide

    Grieving: A Beginner's Guide

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    There is no sure route through grieving. Jerusha McCormack provides instead a series of signposts by which we may find our own path to a new life. "We are all amateurs at grief," she writes, "it comes to us all; we must all go through it. To treat grief as a problem to be fixed, or (worse still) to medicalize it, is to rob us of the extraordinary privilege of encountering this experience on our terms: for each of us has our own way of grieving, and each of us has something special to learn from the process."