refined by fire a journey of grief and grace

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Refined By Fire

Author : Mary Potter Kenyon
ISBN : 9781939629531
Genre : Family & Relationships
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“Where is the handbook for widows?” Mary Kenyon lamented as she planned a funeral for the beloved husband whose triumph over cancer she chronicled in Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage. During the ensuing weeks, as she attempted to make sense of his untimely death, she filled two journals, blogged, and read the inspirational writings of others who had gone down the road of grief before her—authors like C.S. Lewis and Madeleine L’Engle. She eventually found herself studying grief and bereavement in her quest to unearth answers to alleviating the pain associated with profound loss. In the process, she discovered a strength and emotional reserve she didn’t know she had, along with an evolving faith that helped her face the impending loss of an eight-year-old grandson. “In the midst of the darkness of loss, I found light. Admittedly, in those first weeks, it might have been but a single small spark I sensed deep inside of me, but that spark guided me in the twisted, dark journey of grief. As I stumbled over the roots of hopelessness and despair, that light grew to illuminate my path, a path I sometimes felt very alone on. At some point in the journey I’d turned around, and there was God. "That is grace.” In beautiful prose, touching metaphors and stories, and actual journal entries, Mary Potter Kenyon provides a balm for the grieving soul.

From Grief To Grace

Author : Jeannie Ewing
ISBN : 9781622822942
Genre : Religion
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Grief touches all of our lives, but it does not have to paralyze us with fear or inaction. God allows suffering because He knows how powerful it can be to our spiritual lives and to helping us fully embrace His love and mercy. In this insightful and practical book, you’ll learn how to live a life of redemptive suffering that will draw you through grief into a state of tenacity, meaning, holiness, and joy. Author Jeannie Ewing is no stranger to suffering. Her family has long struggled with bipolar disorder and depression, and her baby daughter was born with a rare genetic disorder that caused her bones to prematurely fuse together. Despite the many layers of sadness, loss, confusion, and anger, Jeannie responded to God’s calling and transformed her life into one with profound purpose and joy. Combining her training in psychology and counseling with real-life examples, Jeannie will show you that there is much life to be lived in the midst of loss, and that all things – even the most painful life experiences – are working together for a greater good. You’ll also learn: The all-too-often misunderstood difference between grief and depression.The spiritual benefits to uniting your crosses with Jesus’s Passion and Death.The counterintuitive notion that grief and joy can coexist.The spiritual danger of internalizing our pain and hiding it from othersHow great saints like St. John of the Cross and St. Therese of Liseux struggled to make sense out of suffering.The six spiritual principles that will assist you on the journey of navigating grief.How to know when you should seek professional help.Ways in which God is calling you to bring hope and joy to those dwelling in darkness.How to confidently confront the nothingness and emptiness you feel in your interior life.And Meditations on the Stations of the Cross, the Sorrowful Mysteries, and the Seven Sorrows of Mary that will help you reflect on how redemptive suffering can help you embrace God’s love and mercy.

Mary And Me

Author : Mary Potter Kenyon
ISBN : 1942934025
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink explores a thirty-year friendship between two women: one who had never learned to cultivate female friendships, and the other who had managed togather and maintain a large group of friends throughout her adult life. The fact that thousands of handwritten letters between them tethered these two together is just part of the intriguing story. Coauthors Mary Potter Kenyon author of Refined by Fire, Coupon Crazy, and Chemo-Therapist and Mary Jedlicka Humston share an unforgettable friendship that will inspire you to pick up your pen and begin writing "Dear . . . " "

Refined By Fire

Author : Patricia Juster
ISBN : 9781616639556
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Inside the burning house, the smoke was so overpowering that even one breath of it was deadly. The fire was out of control. If only I could reach Samuel, but there was too much smoke for me to see through, and I couldn't keep holding my breath. Sam was close, yet he might as well have been miles away. A loving wife and mother, Patricia Juster was content with her life. She was overjoyed when God told her he would send her a son who would be a strong witness for him. When Samuel was born, he was a delight, and Patty expected him to grow into a bold man. Then her world was turned upside down when a tragic fire took Samuel's life. She experienced devastating grief as she coped with his loss. But through the experience Patty found treasures in darkness as God revealed beauty in pain and brought redemption from this sorrow. Discover hope and renewal in the heart-touching story of one family who was Refined by Fire.

Hope For Today Promises For Tomorrow

Author : Teske Drake
ISBN : 9780825442186
Genre : Religion
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No mother ever expects to grieve the death of her child before or immediately after the child is born. Butthe National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences reports that as many as 31 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss. When the unthinkable happens, where do women turn for help? Written from the perspective of one grieving mommy to another, Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow is a ten-week study that will encourage and challenge women to delve into a deeper understanding of God’s Word. As women engage in biblical teaching, they will learn to embrace God’s promises of love, goodness, purpose, comfort, peace, refinement, restoration, hope, and eternity. “Hope for Today” verses peppered throughout each chapter, journaling cues, prayers, and the stories of other women who have experienced loss will help readers move from grieving in silent solitude to living life in the richness of God’s love. While other books suggest a one-size-fits-all method for grief management or focus on understanding specific causes of child loss, Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow offers comfort for the reader, whatever her situation, by helping her focus on the light of the ultimate Promise, the hope of a Savior, Jesus Christ.

Comfort Zone

Author : Mary Potter Kenyon
ISBN : 1945547448
Genre : Self-Help
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"We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand." -C. Day-LewisWriting is one of the oldest and most effective means of self-exploration, self-expression, and self-discovery. In this new guided journal, Mary Potter Kenyon offers readers an opportunity to reflect on the meaning and significance of loss and allows the griever to sort through all the conflicting emotions that arise after a death. By interweaving her own experiences of loss, the proven research behind writing as a method for healing, and blank pages with carefully chosen quotes, Kenyon gives readers space to express the feelings that are sometimes too painful to speak aloud.

A Smoother Journey

Author : Simon Schrock
ISBN : 9780892212675
Genre : Religion
File Size : 35. 74 MB
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Chemo Therapist

Author : Mary Potter Kenyon
ISBN : 9781938301667
Genre : Family & Relationships
File Size : 34. 60 MB
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When Mary Potter Kenyon’s husband David was diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 2006 she searched libraries and bookstores for books on cancer and the caregiving experience. What she discovered was a plethora of technical and medically-oriented books or those written by a caregiver whose loved one had died, a scenario she refused to contemplate. While serving as David’s companion during Wednesday chemotherapy treatments, Mary began journaling about their experience as a couple and parents of young children as they navigated the labyrinth of cancer. It soon dawned on her that she was writing the very book she had searched for upon David’s diagnosis: one that goes beyond the cancer experience to give hope and inspiration to the reader. Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage is a moving testimonial of a relationship renewed by the shared experience of a life threatening illness." Initially, after David’s diagnosis, I would cringe when I read books or articles by cancer survivors who stated that cancer had been a gift in their lives. How could all that David endured be viewed as a gift? The invasive surgery, the weeks of chemotherapy and radiation: a gift? Yet, after the cancer, David would often reach for my hand and say, “If it is cancer that is responsible for our new relationship, then it was all worth it.” And I’d reluctantly agree that cancer had been a gift in our lives. We’d both seen the other alternative: patients and survivors who had become bitter and angry, and neither one of us wanted to become that.

The Journey

Author : Judson Poling
ISBN : 0310961963
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Mile Marker 825

Author : Jason Mirikitani
ISBN : 9781935909033
Genre : Religion
File Size : 44. 31 MB
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On January 15, 2002, the author's car flipped five times, his wife died, and his skull cracked open. Join Mirikitani on his miraculous real-life journey that is both heart-wrenching and heartwarming as he relearns faith in a God that was present when He seemed most absent, and hope in a God when He seemed most unreliable.

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