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Colors Of Goodbye

Author: September Vaudrey
Publisher: NavPress
ISBN: 149641246X
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What happens after the worst happens? Before May 31, 2008, September Vaudrey’s life was beautiful. But on that day, with one phone call from the ER, her whole world—everything she knew and believed—was shaken to the core. Katie, her 19-year-old artist daughter, had been in a car accident and would not survive. How does a family live in the wake of devastating tragedy? When darkness colors every moment, is it possible to find light? Can God still be good, even after goodbye? With the depth of C. S. Lewis’s A Grief Observed and the poignancy of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, Colors of Goodbye offers a moving glimpse into a mother’s heart. Combining literary narrative and raw reflection, September Vaudrey walks through one of life’s worst losses—the death of a child—and slowly becomes open to watching for the unexpected ways God carries her through it. It’s a story of love and tragedy in tandem; a deeply personal memoir from a life forever changed by one empty place. And at its core, Colors of Goodbye calls to the deepest part of our spirits to know that death is not the end . . . and that life can be beautiful still.

The Doors Of The Sea

Author: David Bentley Hart
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802866867
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As news reports of the horrific December 2004 tsunami in Asia reached the rest of the world, commentators were quick to seize upon the disaster as proof of either God s power or God s nonexistence, asking over and over, How could a good and loving God if such exists allow such suffering? In The Doors of the Sea David Bentley Hart speaks at once to those skeptical of Christian faith and to those who use their Christian faith to rationalize senseless human suffering. He calls both to recognize in the worst catastrophes not the providential will of God but rather the ongoing struggle between the rebellious powers that enslave the world and the God who loves it wholly.

The Unspeakable Loss

Author: Nisha Zenoff
Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books
ISBN: 9780738219752
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In The Unspeakable Loss, Nisha offers support, guidance and wisdom from others who have experienced the death of a child, as well as her personal story after the death of her beloved 17-year-old son, Victor, and her insight as a grief counselor and psychotherapist. Charting the long path from the worst possible nightmare, shock, trauma, and overwhelming pain, to a life that once again miraculously contains joy, love, and laughter, The Unspeakable Loss addresses the importance of self-compassion and self-care. Written in a Q & A format, it goes to the heart of grief, answering the urgent questions that accompany loss. "Will my tears ever stop?" "Who am I now without my child?" "How can I help my other children cope?" "I lost my only child, how do I live?" "Will my marriage survive?" "Will life ever feel worth living again?" The book addresses bereaved family members no matter where they are in their grief process, whether newly bereaved or dealing with a death that occurred many years earlier. It provides an in-depth perspective on how the death of a child affects siblings, other family members and friends, and offers a unique long-term perspective on grief. While books on grief have sadness at their core, this one contains invaluable hope about surviving and living a purposeful and meaningful life in the aftermath of such heartbreak. The Unspeakable Loss emphasizes love, truth and the often unspoken "signs and signals" from loved ones. It doesn't flinch from the reality or pain caused by the death of a child, yet ultimately it is a book about the choice to embrace life again.

The Grieving Garden

Author: Suzanne Redfern
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing
ISBN: 9781612830346
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Every year, some two million parents in the US suffer the death of a son or daughter. The unnatural sequence of the child's preceding the parent in death creates a wrenching loss and overwhelming emotional and spiritual disorientation. Most of these bereaved parents find relief from their isolation only in the company of others like themselves. The Grieving Garden offers support, understanding, and, ultimately, comfort and hope from those who have sowed the same tears over the death of a child. The Grieving Garden is a ground-breaking book that invites bereaved parents into personal conversations with a diverse group of fathers and mothers who share the same loss. The text is free of distracting and heavy-handed editorializing, "expert" opinion, or unwanted advice. Instead, readers are welcomed into a community of common understanding--one they may enter at will, at their own pace, for reassurance and hope.

Gone But Not Lost

Author: David W. Wiersbe
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 1441214615
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We all expect our parents to precede us in death. No one expects to have to make their child's funeral arrangements. And the loss of a child brings with it a special and persistent manifestation of grief that can feel "like a stomachache that never ends." Gone but Not Lost is a thoughtful gift for a family that has experienced the death of a child. Each of its brief chapters covers one element of grieving, bringing readers through sorrow and helping them deal with feelings of anger or guilt, as well as the marital strain that may follow the loss of a beloved child.

Rare Bird

Author: Anna Whiston-Donaldson
Publisher: Convergent Books
ISBN: 1601425201
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In this New York Times bestseller, Anna Whiston-Donaldson unfolds a mother's story of loss that leads, in time, to enduring hope. On an ordinary September day, twelve-year-old Jack is swept away in a freak neighborhood flood. His parents and younger sister are left to wrestle with the awful questions: How could God let this happen? And, Can we ever be happy again? They each fall into the abyss of grief in different ways. And in the days and months to come, they each find their faltering way toward peace. With this unforgettable account of a family's love and longing, Anna will draw you deeper into a divine goodness that keeps us--beyond all earthly circumstances--safe. This is a book about facing impossible circumstances and wanting to turn back the clock. It is about the flicker of hope in realizing that in times of heartbreak, God is closer than your own skin. It is about discovering that you're braver than you think.

Accompany Them With Singing

Author: Thomas G. Long
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 0664233198
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Reviews the beliefs, customs, and rituals associated with Christian funerals; discusses the growing acceptance of cremation and memorial services; and explains how to plan a spiritually meaningful funeral service.

Darkness Is My Only Companion

Author: Kathryn Greene-McCreight
Publisher: Brazos Press
ISBN: 1587431750
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A brave and compassionate look at mental illness that offers theological understanding and personal insights from author's experiences.

In Every Pew Sits A Broken Heart

Author: Ruth Graham
ISBN: 1458758931
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WHEN LIFE'S ROSY DREAMS DISSOLVE INTO DIFFICULT REALITIES THAT BREAK OUR HEARTS, GOD SHOWS THAT HE SPECIALIZES IN RESTORATION'' ''If in these pages you see your own life's experience mirrored in our daughter's, may you, too, find a personal relationship with the same heavenly Father who continues to be her strength, comfort, and joy.'' - From the foreword by Billy Graham ''Warning: This book should only be read by imperfect, flawed people in serious need of God's amazing grace. Thank you, Ruth Graham, for having the courage to bare your soul and then lead others back toward God's welcoming arms.'' - - Philip Yancey, author of Where Is God When It Hurts? ''For any who have experienced the tragedy of infidelity and wrong choices. Ruth unfolds her life, showing that the grace of God is sufficient. - - Elisabeth Elliot Gren, author of Through Gates of Splendor ''You hold in your hand a tool that will help you whether you are hurting or seeking to minister to one who is hurting. By sharing openly from her own experiences of heartache and by offering practical insights founded on biblical truth, Ruth Graham has provided a resource that both equips us to pursue wholeness and leads us into the arms of the only One who can make us whole. - - Dr. Gary Smalley, The author of DNA of Relationships ''This book is a must-read for those who are hurting or for those who would like to be a healing agent for someone else.'' - - Dr. Charles Stanley, author of The Blessings of Brokenness.

The Tongue Of A Woman

Author: Cynthia L. Steck
Publisher: Xulon Press
ISBN: 9781498477529
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Living with a quiet and gentle spirit Many women want a better relationship and have no idea how the tone of their voice and choice of their words brings them misery. If you are open to receive a quiet and gentle spirit get ready for the ride of your life. Cindy Steck, a comedian at heart, invites you to wash yourself with The Word and experience the journey of The Tongue of a Woman through a series of short stories. Written to equip women with truth and a desire for The Lord's name and renown Cindy deals with overcoming an unloved spirit. Repetitive scriptures bring readers to a greater understanding of how to let Christ do the living in and through them. Each of the 111 stories identifies the importance of taking every thought captive and bringing them into the obedience of Christ."