Tuesday, August 6, 2013

*Finding the Good in Grief - Kregel Blog Tour Review*

Finding the Good in Grief--Rediscover Joy After a Life-Changing Loss
John F. Baggett
Kregel, Inc.
P.O. Box 2607
Grand Rapids, MI 49501

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The latest Kregel blog tour book I've been reading is Finding the Good in Grief by John F. Baggett.  This book addresses the things that a person goes through when grieving.  You might be thinking that this is only for those who have lost  loved one through death.  That is definitely not the case.  We all experience many different types of loss and grief.  John uses a number of personal stories to explain different kinds of grief and how to survive and grow from it.

The book discusses 5 steps of grief which include:

  1. Trust God and Rely on Others
  2. Choose Reality Instead of Illusion
  3. Resist the Temptation to Get Stuck
  4. Recognize Moments of Grace
  5. Discover New Meaning and Purpose

Within the various steps of grief John discusses shock, denial, escape, victimism, questioning, anger, depression, acceptance, calling, and affirmation.  He shares stories about people who have had to deal with mental illness, terminal illness, addictions, loss of employment, suicide, broken relationships.  The stories share very honest and emotional situations which many people face every day.  Many related Bible verses are referenced and included for encouragement and contemplation.  This is a great book to read if you're wanting to start on a journey of healing from loss.  The author does a great job of showing how grief turned around to joy in each of the situations presented.  I won't say I "enjoyed" the book because that sounds strange regarding the topic.  I will say that it made me think through a number of "losses" I've experienced and how those situations have changed my life.  I will probably share this book with people I know who are experiencing various forms of grief to help them work through the process and get to the other side.  John, a pastor, counselor, and mental health professional, shared insight, understanding and compassion in this well written book.

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