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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
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Believe: A Young Widow's Journey Through Brokenness and BackJennifer SilveraKregel Publications / 2009 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:
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MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A WONDERFUL RESOURCE FOR HURTING WIDOWS!January 6, 2014MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My husband has been dead 7 months now. I have been reading many books on being a widow. All are different and offer diverse perspectives. I found this book very helpful. Mrs. Neff has already gone down the road of "widowhood" and does an excellent job of lighting the way for others. She very clearly and thoroughly shows you what you might experience, challenges and pitfalls alike. I felt like she was taking me by the hand and walking with me.
Becoming a widow is something you cannot prepare for; there is no learning curve. The moment your spouse dies you are confronted with learning as you go. There is no right way or wrong way to grieve, it is very personal, but we all have common denominators we will face.
I found being a widow very confusing. There wasn't a file I could neatly tuck it into and predict or control what I faced, emotionally or physically. Mrs. Neff's book brought me not only reassurance but also encouragement in these dark moments. She helped me realize I wasn't as alone as I felt. Others had gone through this and survived; she herself had made it.
She showed me there were choices I could make in this new life I had not chosen. One was realizing who in my life I could turn to and depends on to give me guidance and support. She gave me sound advice about finances, that of course drastically change when I was suddenly alone. She covered so many things that I would not have thought of in this fog I am walking through.
Unlike many books this one dared to approach some positive changes that would come into my life. Yes, positive! I know that is hard to even fathom when you are in such pain. She does not ignore the agony and heartache you are experiencing, as she does talk about it, neither is she negative and morose. Her approach is positive and upbeat without being offensive to a freshly broken heart.
I found help in glimpsing into the future even though I am not ready to venture there now. Mrs. Neff reminds us the importance of reaching out to others and comforting them as we have been comforted as the Bible speaks of in, 2 Corinthians 1:4, "Who comforted us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."
One of the things I appreciated most of all and made the book so relevant to me was the strong Biblical thread that ran through it. As a Christian that is the only way I am able to approach anything is through God's Word. My book has many dog eared pages for me to refer back to the parts that were especially helpful. I highly recommend this to any woman who has lost her spouse. Thank you, Mrs. Neff, for this work of the heart.
I received this book free from the publisher Moody Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Ronda CavelOklahomaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5December 15, 2013Ronda CavelOklahomaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Best thing since my husband left in Feb. Have felt so alone, even with other widows. This book, finally someone said things that helped in the healing of open wounds.
Syreda RobertsCalif.Age: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great book!February 4, 2013Syreda RobertsCalif.Age: Over 65Gender: femaleThis book was very encouraging, and practical. I liked the format..interviews with various women from all different backgrounds, who are going through the grief process after losing their spouse. It helped me to understand what was "normal" in the grieving process. I also purchased one to send to a friend.
SissyZion, IllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5This book was very helpful.September 9, 2012SissyZion, IllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I got it to give to a friend of mine whose husband had recently passed away. She said it was very helpful, so I got one for another friend.
dreamweaver1755Millville NJAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5offers practical & biblical advice including how tSeptember 1, 2012dreamweaver1755Millville NJAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5offer both practical & biblical advice and how to encourage a church to host/sponser a widows support group
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Submitted: April 30, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I have a new life I did not choose. But it is unfolding as exciting, rewarding, full of surprises and adventures. I can relate to people in change, crisis, and transitions, whether financial, divorce, death of someone they care about intensely, or any move. I understand. We can strengthen each other!
What was your motivation behind this project? When I became a widow, I could not find any resource to meet my needs and desires. Every thing changed in my life. Many didn't understand. Still I desired to grow in a positive way. This book is a resource that addresses so much of what we need in times of change.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Definitely information on everything from money to friendships, emotions like grief, depression, and anger, to courage and new faith. I trust folks will find new hope and courage rather than being stuck in ordinary and facing backwards. Married friends have told me EVERY woman should read this book.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Certainly this book has been part of MY healing. I've now traveled to Africa providing sewing machines to widows, thanks to my network of friends, many of whom are new on this journey as well. I feel like a wealthy, blessed woman.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Can someone mentor you by osmosis? Since my husband's departure, I realize his profound impact on me--my desire for excellence, persistence, integrity, and impact. I desire those things. He set a high standard and lived it with gentle, classic grace. "Thanks, Honey. I only remember you on the days I'm breathing."
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I trust this book comforts, informs, and brings you some chuckles. Read on!
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