Have you suffered the death of someone you love? Do you know someone struggling with grief? It’s one of the most difficult things we humans experience. As a pastor Rev. Dr. Samuel Wright had walked with hundreds of people who had lost loved ones. Then his son died. He had to endure the abuse of grief in a different, deeper and more personal way. In Heartbreak to Hope: Overcoming the Anguish of Grief he merges his pastoral wisdom with his own despair as he walks with the reader toward hope. In his vulnerability and honesty he does not sugarcoat the pain of grief. Yet he offers help to those struggling with grief in a way that is real. The aim of this book is to enable you to: • Grant yourself permission to grieve • Learn practical ways to cope with grief • Receive honest encouragement and insight • Grow in the grace and love of God in spite of your pain • Connect with the witnesses of the Bible who also suffered losses If you have lost a child, a spouse, a relative or friend, this book will help you cope with your grief and move you toward hope and peace. We are not taught how to grieve. Grief is something we have to learn through tragedy and loss. However, there are things that we can learn from one another, especially from those who have walked through the valley of the shadow of death. God may seem a million miles away or non-existent to the person enduring grief. What Dr. Wright shares is that God’s grace is what gets us through each moment with the help of friends and family, God’s own presence and the stories of others. Not only is this book helpful for those who are wrestling with mourning, but it is a valuable guide to those who care for others in their loss. By witnessing the depths of despair of this pastor and his movement toward hope, caregivers will grow in their compassion toward those who mourn. Jesus taught that we should weep with those who weep. Heartbreak to Hope enables caregivers to empathize with those grieving the death of a loved one. Each chapter contains a passage from the Bible, which connects to grieving, the author’s personal testimony to the devastation of grief, words of encouragement, suggestions for moving forward, and a prayer. Because of its inspirational wisdom Heartbreak to Hope makes a meaningful and comforting gift to those who are in the midst of despair over a lost loved one as well as for those who care for them.
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