Healing and Bereavement

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Losing Tom – Finding Grace



by Jackie Slough


My son is long through adolescence but what if.....? How many mothers have wondered.
Jackie Slough had no idea suicidal thoughts were going round the head of her seemingly well adjusted lovely teenager. It was only in retrospect that she could think what could have been done and said differently. She, her husband Alan and Tom, were all baptised members of their local Baptist church. With Tom’s older brother James, they were all very involved with church life, very busy with their dogs and their work, a happy family they thought till Tom’s death.
Their faith is what has held them together – just; and knowing Tom’s great faith has given them the assurance that he is now at peace with his saviour, Jesus Christ.
Jackie wrote a journal through the first difficult months, not intending it for publication, but was subsequently persuaded that it could help other mother’s struggling in like circumstances, so she continued adding to it and this is the story of those first five years. It is a no holds barred account of her feelings and actions though this traumatic time, grippingly readable, and interspersed with poems written by Jackie which express so poignantly what she was going through at the time of writing.
At the end of the book is more of these, and some of Tom’s own writings too. Heartrending stuff, but well worth reading.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (03/11/11)
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Price: £9.99
Publisher: Onwards and UpwardsPublishing
Published: Spring 2011
ISBN: 978-1-907-50907-0

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A Piece of Blue Sky

- Conversations With a Loving Father

by Virginia Duhanes


How best would I describe this book, probably a series of short memoirs and remembrances from one womans life, in which there are interspersed moments of her prayer life and the active voice of God she heard when listening in her quiet times with him. These moments include some times of real pain and growth, times at which understanding and hearing the voice of God in our lives can be the hardest, and through these recollections she helps to show that God is always there and perhaps offers comfort to others going through these times, raises awareness of the fact that we are all called to be in conversation wth our Lord and that he yearns to speak to us.
I think this is very much a book that would help some going through hardships and would certainly appeal to those who like The Friendship Book or of course the writings of Eddie Askew.

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Review by Melanie Carroll  (08/10/11)
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Price: £5.00
Publisher: TLM Trading for The Leprosy Mission
Published: 2010
ISBN: 978-0-902-73185-1

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I Am My Sister’s Keeper

- Reaching Out to Wounded Women

by Denise George


The title of the book indicates that the readership is intended exclusively for women. The author, Denise George has written this book as a tool through which God can speak to every woman, and the reader can be encouraged to reach out to hurting sisters seeking solace in friendships in Christ. Denise draws on all sorts of women's stories here, from Biblical examples to modern, hurting women. There are women trapped in unhappy marriages, those who have experienced divorce and need to forgive their ex-spouses. There was one prostitute who wanted more than anything else to be a lady, and gave her life to Jesus when a young man informed her that the Lord could wash away the stains on her soul. There was a chapter on loneliness and another on suicide. These are two taboo and misunderstood subjects which I felt Denise did well to explore, even if I felt the section on loneliness was a little too neat and over-sentimental. It’s worth it for the reader to look at the back, as well – there are lots of useful questions and subjects to explore for Bible studies. A great resource for those wishing to show Christ-like compassion for suffering women.

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Review by Alice Collins  (19/09/11)
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Publisher: Christian Focus Publications
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-845-50717-6

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When Someone You Love No Longer Remembers



by Cecil Murphey, illustrations by Michal Sparks


Approximately six inches square, (580mm) this little book is intended to be given to a caregiver, to help them deal with the situation they find themselves in. Twenty four contributors tell of how this situation feels, how they have come to terms with it and how prayer and coming closer to God has enabled them to win through. Each piece is very brief, but very telling, twenty four different experiences yet all very similar as any caregiver can tell you. Reading these pieces could help lessen the sense of being the only one in this position, the loneliness of being tied down by looking after someone you love but who is changing irrevocably.
The Appendix has suggestions of how to care for yourself, how to communicate with your loved one, advice on exercise and activities, expecting the unexpected and helping your visitors to know how to act, practical advice from someone who knows.
A gentle book, enhanced by the illustrations and one I can recommend as a gift to a man or a woman.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (31/08/11)
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Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Published: June 2011
ISBN: 978-0-736-93871-6

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The Undistracted Widow

- Living For God After Losing Your Husband

by Carol W. Cornish


Carol was married to Roland for 38 years; he died just 11 months after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
Written from the heart, this book is intended to help Christian readers to see God at work in the midst of mourning. It certainly points to comfort and hope, but I feel that anyone recently bereaved would not have the attention span to read such a ‘meaty tome’, and those feeling angry with God or who are wallowing in self-pity might be made to feel inadequate and guilty for not putting their trust in Him.
However there is much in the book which I found helpful – particularly the well-chosen excerpts from the book of Psalms, the examples of biblical widows, and a chapter on ‘stretching forward’. The Appendix 1 ‘How to help a widow’ has sound practical advice.
This is, in my view, a book to read before widowhood strikes. Maybe it could be stocked in your church library as it would help congregations in dealing with the bereaved, be they widows or widowers.

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Review by Margaret Walker  (14/07/11)
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Publisher: IVP(Inter Varsity Press)
Published: September 2010
ISBN: 978-1-844-74491-6

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Heaven Revealed

- What is it Like? What Will We Do?

by Paul Ennis


Paul Ennis makes an intriguing journey into a much-misunderstood concept. One of the most important things to understand about him is that he lost his wife after a 45-year marriage, or, as he called it, a forty-five year honeymoon. This is such a tragedy, yet Paul is far from bitter. He chooses, instead, to dwell on the eternal. I have always found the subject of heaven an uncomfortable one, as most ex-Catholics, I suppose, might. I was taught to feel that I was are not good enough and that I had to earn it, whereas the truth is Heaven is open to all who believe in God. Heaven is already glimpsed at in the Bible; Elisha, Elijah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel all peeked into Heaven. Paul explains that our bodies will be transformed into recognisable, imperishable, glorified, powerful and spiritual bodies, with no limitations. Paul also dwells on the truths about the new heaven and new earth, and adds that the new heaven will be on earth during Jesus’ millennial reign. I liked this book a lot, and I would love to point it towards all those Christians who are afraid of death.

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Review by Alice Collins  (28/06/11)
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Publisher: Moody Press from Trust Media Distribution
Published: April 2011
ISBN: 978-0-802-44982-5

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The Death of a Child



Edited by Peter Stanford

ISBN: 978-1-441-18303-3
Price: £16.99

Published: 16 June 2011
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In the Midst of Life

- Is There Such a Thing as a Good Death?

by Jennifer Worth

ISBN: 978-0-297-85958-1
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Published: 2010
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Understanding Panic Attacks and Overcoming Fear



by Roger Baker

ISBN: 978-0-745-95545-2
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Published: 18 February 2011
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Good Grief



by Granger E Westberg

ISBN: 978-0-281-06427-4
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Published: February 2011
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God Knows My Name

- Never Forgotten, Forever Loved

by Beth Redman

ISBN: 978-0-781-40365-8
Price: £8.99

Published: July 2010
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Learning to Heal

- A Practical Guide for Every Christian

by John Coles

ISBN: 978-1-850-78857-7
Price: £8.99

Published: August 2010
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Lynda

- From Accident & Trauma to Healing and Wholeness

by Lynda Scott

ISBN: 978-1-852-40539-7
Price: £9.99

Published: November 2010
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Praying Through Grief

- Poems and Meditations for Healing

Compiled by Kate Kirkpatrick

ISBN: 978-0-745-95510-0
Price: £6.99

Published: September 2010
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The Challenge of Caring

- Bible Related reflections

by Alexine Crawford

ISBN: 978-1-841-01748-8
Price: £7.99

Published: January 2011
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Two Hours to Freedom

- A Simple and Effective Model for Healing and Deliverance

by Charles H. Kraft

ISBN: 978-0-800-79498-9
Price: £7.99

Published: 01 November 2010
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Finding Hope For Your Journey Through Breast Cancer

- 60 Inspirational readings

by Yvonne Ortega

ISBN: 978-0-800-73409-1
Price: £7.99

Published: 01 October 2010
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A Place of Healing

- Wrestling With the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain and God’s Sovereignty

by Joni Eareckson Tada

ISBN: 978-1-434-70206-7
Price: £9.99

Published: 28 September 2010
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When Your Father Dies

- How a Man Deals with the Loss of His Father

by Dave Veerman & Bruce Barton

ISBN: 978-0-785-28830-5
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Published: 2003
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One Day at a Time

- Meditations for Carers

by Dorothy M. Stewart

ISBN: 978-0-281-06172-3
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Published: 21 January 2009
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