Tag: bereavement

Are You Having a Blue Christmas?

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In this season of cheer, are you facing a life-altering hardship or major disappointment?

Despite the revelry, parties, and goodwill, are you facing a storm in your life that casts a shadow over all the celebration?

If so, you’re not alone. Dealing with grief can make you feel alone, even when others are grieving the same event.

In acknowledgement of everyone who will have a Blue Christmas this year, here’s a recap of some books I’ve reviewed that give an appropriate acknowledgement to how heavy and life-changing grief can be. You’ll see on the original post for each review that I received a free copy of each book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. (I’m receiving no kickbacks or any perks for mentioning these books again.)

Grief From a Break-Up: Kingdom Single by Tony Evans

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For those making a way forward after a broken relationship, Kingdom Single by Tony Evans could be of help. This book does not focus on how to find a new partner, but on how everyone has great individual worth. This isn’t the best book I’ve ever read, but for singles who need to learn how to be alone, it could inspire them to develop themselves even without a partner. This book is appropriate for the younger, never-been-married crowd, not those who have been through a death or divorce of spouse.

Grief Over Anything: The Louder Song by Aubrey Sampson

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This is an excellent book about grief because the writer has clearly been through it.  The Louder Song by Aubrey Sampson doesn’t offer any fast solutions to grief, because there are no fast solutions to grief. This would be an appropriate grief book if you’ve suffered a career setback, job loss, illness, or illness of a child. She does not tell you what to do, but explains her own journey.

Grief Over Anything: Braving Sorrow Together by Ashleigh Slater 

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This is another great book from someone who shares her own grief journey. Slater also shares the grief journeys of others.

Grief After Widowhood: Where Do I Go From Here? Bold Living After Unwanted Change by Miriam Neff

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If anyone is an expert at grieving, it is someone who has survived becoming a widow. Miriam Neff turned her grief into a ministry for others that, like herself, lost a spouse. Where Do I Go From Here? Bold Living After Unwanted Change provides practical advice for those in grief.

Between Heaven and Earth by Steve Berger: Book Review

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Have you ever wondered what happens when a person dies? Tennessee pastor Steve Berger has more than just wondered – he’s written an entire book about it. Between Heaven and Earth is the result of Berger’s grief after his 19-year-old son’s untimely death. It’s expected that any minister would be interested in the supernatural, but Berger’s familiarity with grief adds credibility to his work. He isn’t just interested in what Heaven is like because he’s a pastor. He’s trusting that’s where his son is.

For those seeking a better understanding of what heaven is, this book will provide some insight. A brief chapter “teases” the reader into wanting paradise. A larger chapter follows explaining some things that will and will not be found in Heaven. But the book falls short in some areas. It doesn’t spend much time discussing the presence of angels nor does it speak about the transition from the physical world to the Heavenly one. Far less time than expected was spent on discussing things an average person would associate with Heaven such as streets of gold or choirs of angels.

But knowing Heaven’s attributes isn’t really the point of the book.

Berger’s doesn’t want you to just appreciate the beauty of Heaven; he wants you to be proud of your human life when you reach the other side. Between Heaven and Earth is preparation for what’s to come. Berger presses readers to evaluate their earthly lives in light of the hereafter.

I received a free copy from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest thoughts on this book.

 

Where Do I Go From Here? Bold Living After Unwanted Change: Book Review

Where Do I Go From Here? Bold Living After Unwanted Change by Miriam Neff, Moody Publishers

When a marriage ends, a spouse dies, a job is taken, or another life-altering event occurs, a plethora of emotions are to be expected. Grief, confusion, fear and anger are just some of the emotions.

What can you do to move on? Why is suffering necessary in the first place?

Miriam Neff doesn’t pretend to have the answers as to why these things happen, but she’s written an excellent manual on the next steps for survivors in Where Do I Go From Here? Bold Living After Unwanted Change. After her husband died unexpectedly, Neff found herself a widow. Forced into this sisterhood that no woman wants to be part of, she eventually launched a ministry for others who had lost their spouses and Where Do I Go From Here is designed for both women and men to deal with many types of losses, not just bereavement.

Neff’s voice is refreshing. Instead of giving trite advice or pat answers, she balances Scriptural promises with practical advice. Standing in the place of those who have lost a loved one, she gives warnings for pitfalls of what hurting people may find themselves doing after a loss. Her words are sound and prompted me to make some changes.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.