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Suffering Is Never for Nothing

Suffering Is Never for Nothing

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Hard times come for all in life, with no real explanation. When we walk through suffering, it has the potential to devastate and destroy, or to be the gateway to gratitude and joy.

Elisabeth Elliot was no stranger to suffering. Her first husband, Jim, was murdered by the Waoroni people in Ecuador moments after he arrived in hopes of sharing the gospel. Her second husband was lost to cancer. Yet, it was in her deepest suffering that she learned the deepest lessons about God.

Why doesn't God do something about suffering? He has, He did, He is, and He will.

Suffering and love are inexplicably linked, as God's love for His people is evidenced in His sending Jesus to carry our sins, griefs, and sufferings on the cross, sacrificially taking what was not His on Himself so that we would not be required to carry it. He has walked the ultimate path of suffering, and He has won victory on our behalf.

This truth led Elisabeth to say, "Whatever is in the cup that God is offering to me, whether it be pain and sorrow and suffering and grief along with the many more joys, I'm willing to take it because I trust Him."

Because suffering is never for nothing.

The One Year Book of Hope Devotional

The One Year Book of Hope Devotional

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This popular devotional is now in a special LeatherLike edition! In this life, pain and disappointment are real. Maybe you've been wounded by a family member or friend. Perhaps you know the pain of losing someone you love or of a difficult medical diagnosis. Sometimes we need to know there's hope for when life just hurts. Nancy Guthrie knows what it's like to hurt--sometimes so much that there aren't words to describe the pain. In this beautiful deluxe edition of The One Year Book of Hope, she encourages you to spend this year learning to hope when life has let you down. She offers no trite answers or quick cures; just remarkable, hopeful daily insights from the depths of Scripture and her own experiences. This year, join Nancy each day in growing closer to God--the source of all comfort.
Understanding Your Grief (Updated): Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart

Understanding Your Grief (Updated): Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart

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Since its debut thirty years ago, this favorite by one of the world's most beloved grief counselors has found a place in the homes and hearts of hundreds of thousands of mourners across the globe. Filled with compassion and hope, Understanding Your Grief helps you understand and befriend your painful, complex thoughts and feelings after the death of someone loved. Befriending grief may sound counterintuitive, but actually, your grief is your love for the person who died in a different form, and like that love, it's also natural and necessary. Perhaps above all, Understanding Your Grief is practical. It's built on Dr. Wolfelt's Ten Touchstones, which are basic principles to learn and actions to take to help yourself engage with your grief and create momentum toward healing. This second edition maintains the content of the first edition but builds on it by adding concise wisdom on new topics such as the myth of closure, complicated and traumatic grief, grief overload, unmourned grief, loneliness, the power of ritual, and more. Excellent as an empathetic handbook for anyone in mourning as well as a text for support groups, Understanding Your Grief pairs with a guided journal.
Understanding Your Grief Journal (Updated): Exploring the Ten Essential Touchstones

Understanding Your Grief Journal (Updated): Exploring the Ten Essential Touchstones

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This companion workbook to the second edition of Dr. Wolfelt's bestseller Understanding Your Grief helps you explore the many facets of your grief through guided journaling. After you read a section in Understanding Your Grief, the journal asks you questions about what you've just read. It invites you to consider, clarify, and jot down your thoughts and feelings. A good grief journal is a safe place of solace--somewhere you can express yourself no matter what you are experiencing. If you're grieving a death or a significant loss of any kind, this journal and its companion text will help you understand and embrace your grief, actively mourn, and move toward healing. You'll find that the journal can also be used to help honor the person who died and/or work through any lingering relationship issues. As you express your emotions in this journal, you will feel them beginning to soften as well as become more integrated into your ongoing life. Write as much as or as little as you'd like. Even just a little engagement with this journal will help you befriend your grief and give you healing momentum.
Understanding Your Grief Journal: Exploring the Ten Essential Touchstones

Understanding Your Grief Journal: Exploring the Ten Essential Touchstones

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This companion workbook to Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart is designed to help mourners explore the many facets of their unique grief through journalling. Ten essential touchstones for mourners are covered, including being open to the presence of loss, dispelling misconceptions about grief, embracing the uniqueness of grief, seeking reconciliation, and reaching out for help. Journalers are asked specific questions about their feelings of grief as they relate to the ten essential touchstones and are provided with writing space for their reflections.
Water Bugs & Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children paperback

Water Bugs & Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children paperback

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Aimed primarily at children this book uses the allegory of metamorphosis to assist in understanding death.
Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children coloring book

Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children coloring book

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The Pilgrim Press introduces its perennial bestseller "Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children" by Doris Stickney in coloring book format.
When a Child You Love Is Grieving

When a Child You Love Is Grieving

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Acts of caring and compassion can make all the difference in a grieving child's life. Adults can often worry about saying and doing the right thing, too often giving children quick answers instead of the support they really need.Widely-recognized grief specialist Harold Ivan Smith explains that quick answers are not what children need when they are grieving. They need support, and most of all they need to be allowed to grieve-for as long as it takes.With an ABC-like approach, Smith offers insights and activities for the parent, teacher, or friend-anyone that loves a child and wants to offer his or her support. This new and revised edition of When a Child You Love is Grieving will help ensure that the child is receiving the healthy and necessary outlets during the loss of a loved one.
When Death Has Touched Your Life: Thoughts, Poems, and Prayers at a Time of Loss (Revised)

When Death Has Touched Your Life: Thoughts, Poems, and Prayers at a Time of Loss (Revised)

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For times that call for contemplation or prayer, for times of difficulty or worry, for times of joy and happiness, for special occasions or special events, these booklets can help you find the rights words, the meaningful thought, the comforting reflection. For the cost of a greeting card, each Looking Up booklet provides 24 pages of insight, wisdom, meditation, direction, comfort, and prayer. Useful booklet for pastors and caregivers, or from friend to friend. Looking Up conveys caring in exceptional ways.
When the One You Love Is Gone

When the One You Love Is Gone

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When a loved one dies, you don't get over it, but you can move forward. The bad news is that we never fully "get over" the loss of those we hold most dear; we bear those scars to the grave. The good news is that God is at work in us turning our loss and pain into something beautiful. God can take the scars and the mess and the heartache of our lives-- yours and mine--- and use it to give new life, new life to us and new life to others. God is not in the business of zapping our loved ones and stealing them away from us. But in a world where death waits for every person, God stands ready. God stands ready to receive our beloved dead as they cross over; and God stands ready to guide us through the saddest days, to walk with us through our grief, and to take us into places we never could have imagined places of hope and renewal. If God could take a cross and broken body and make of them redemption, God can take your pain and heartache and fashion them into new life. This book is composed of the reflections that point to broader lessons that will help those who find themselves passing through grief, as well as the pastors, counselors, and friends whose job is to accompany the traveler.