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A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss

 By: Sittster, Gerald L.
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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 taste it. And we can, if we choose, know as well the grace that transforms it. A Grace Disguised plumbs the depths of sorrow, whether due to illness, divorce, or the loss of someone we love. 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 marked by spiritual depth, joy, compassion, and a deeper appreciation of simple blessings.  ISBN:  0-310-21931-0

 By: Stephenson, J. Wallace
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J. Wallace Stephenson, longtime church planter and pastor, was a missionary to South Africa under the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism. After his wife and daughter died in a car accident, he wrote these booklets to help prepare you to come alongside a grieving person with practical, compassionate assistance or to know what to expect when you are the grieving person. These booklets provide relevant Scriptures and sound answers.

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Grieving the Loss of a Loved One
 By: Kathe Wunnenberg
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Losing someone you love through death is painful and personal. You soon learn that grief can't be confined to a method, time frame, or event; it's a process. Grief is an unpredictable, solitary, and unforgettable experience, one that can't be healed in a moment, a month, or even a lifetime. Grief ebbs and flows, like the swelling waves of an ocean. One moment we feel engulfed by a wave of surprise sorrow. The next we are lifted by waves of hope and acceptance. Grief is an irregular tide that often takes us by . As difficult as it is to lose a loved one, grief can deepen you as a person and increase your empathy and your trust in God. Loss can open your eyes to see the same world from a different viewpoint . . . with new scenery. In that sense, grief is a journey.

He Said Press
Hearing God Through Grief
 By: McCarthy-Broderick, Patti
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Patti McCarthy Broderick shares with her readers the path she walked through grief.  Included are many excellent poems she has written.  It will be an inspiring book and the truths she shares about her God will help to bring comfort to you.

I Don't Know How To Be A Widow
 By: Brown, Brenda
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This is a journal of a widow as she takes the emotional ride through the stages of grief. You will be amazed that the grief continues to be felt so deeply for so long. See the strong faith of the author as she leans on God while weak with pain and loss. You will find valuable insight into the heart and soul of a woman who lost more than anyone should lose in one lifetime, and kept her faith in God through it all.

It Hurts To Lose...A Special Person
 By: Mumford, Amy Ross
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A collection of inspirational writing designed to help someone during a time of loss. Includes scripture verses in the King James Version and colorful illustrations on each page.

On Asking God Why
 By: Elliot, Elisabeth
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Elisabeth Elliot has experienced the death of two husbands. Look on her website for those books she has written speaking of grief and asking why.

The Tender Scar
Life After The Death of a Spouse
 By: Mabry, Richard L.
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Written by a former physician and recent widower, this warmly practical book guides the bereaved through the grief process and explains how to live after the death of a spouse. Offering hope and healing for the brokenhearted, The Tender Scar addresses the heart-wrenching pain of losing a spouse. Working from journal entries written after the death of his wife, Richard Mabry uses his own journey as a stepping-stone to a practical discussion of the grief process, offering help on such topics as: -finding a support group -resigning your commissions -combating funeral flashbacks -reviewing the souvenirs of a lifetime -facing holidays -remembering an anniversary He connects with readers in a way that makes them say, "Yes, I feel that way," and "That might work for me--maybe I should try it." He shares the emotions and situations he has encountered and acknowledges his own mistakes as well as his hard-won victories.

Through Tears to Triumph
God's Gracious Help Through Grief and Sorrow
 By: Stephenson, J. Wallace
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Mr. Stephenson is writing from his own personal experience of losing his wife & daughter in a tragic accident. He shares his struggles & emotions, & his dependence on God. He has very good suggestions on what to say (or not to say), & what to do (or not do) when people are grieving.