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A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss, Expanded Edition

Zondervan / 2004 / Hardcover

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Loss in life is inevitable, but it's possible to harness the hardship of loss and turn it into a positive event in your life. Author Jerry Sittser explores painful events like divorce, death and illness and shows that it's not the circumstances we find ourselves in at these points of loss, but how we respond to them that widens our spiritual capacity to experience blessing and growth in the midst of grief.
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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 7.13 X 5 (inches)
ISBN: 0310258952
ISBN-13: 9780310258957
UPC: 025986258955
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An expanded edition of this classic book on grief and loss—with a new preface and epilogue Loss came suddenly for Jerry Sittser. In an instant, a tragic car accident claimed three generations of his family: his mother, his wife, and his young daughter. While most of us will not experience such a catastrophic loss in our lifetime, all of us will taste it. And we can, if we choose, know as well the grace that transforms it. A Grace Disguised plumbs the depths of sorrow, whether due to illness, divorce, or the loss of someone we love. The circumstances are not important; what we do with those circumstances is. In coming to the end of ourselves, we can come to the beginning of a new life—one marked by spiritual depth, joy, compassion, and a deeper appreciation of simple blessings.

Author Bio

Jerry Sittser is Professor and Chair of Theology at Whitworth University. He holds a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a doctorate in the history of Christianity from the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books, including A Grace Disguised and The Will of God as a Way of Life. Married to Patricia, he is the father of three children and two step-children, all grown.

 

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    This was the first book I could read after the tragic death of my college age son. When I could not sleep I would read/or listen to this book. Knowing that he was able to make it to the other side of the valley of death, gave me some small glimpse of light, in a very dark time of my life.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
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    April 13, 2015
    BudS
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    A friend recommend this book to me, after I lost my wife to Alzheimer's. I had felt a change in me as I began to emerge from my grief, but I couldn't explain the change. This book nailed it, the Holy Spirit in me had expanded and I could feel it in my chest.

    I was so taken by what it told me, that I taught a three week class on it at church and provided a copy of the book to each person who attended. I had seventeen attend.
  3. Age: 35-44
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    October 11, 2013
    Hope
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Although it seems like this isn't a particularly well known book when I ask others if they have read it, I think it is one of the best books addressing grief available.

    Someone had recommended it to me and I happened to end up reading it not long before someone close to me died. Although my education is in the counseling field, and I have read numerous books on grief, as well as walked through the loss of many others close to me prior, I was grateful to have just read Sittser's book.

    I was grateful I had read this prior to that particular death, though, as I think reading the extent of the loss that Sittser walked through might have been difficult when in the middle of processing your own grief.

    However it is a book to return to over and over, whether you've lost someone or not.

    What I really liked, though, is that Sittser's book really contains valuable principles that transfer to loss in general, not just death - meaning chronic/severe illness, etc. as well.

    It is truly an exceptional gem and worth reading and returning to over and over.
  4. Chicago, IL
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    Excellent Book!
    April 9, 2013
    KenR
    Chicago, IL
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    This book is a very touching book. The Author shares his own personal experience of losing 3 family members in an auto accident. There is an excellent chapter on God's grace and another on Forgiveness. I recommend this book to anyone. I was blessed to read this book, I felt drawn closer to the Lord.
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    Good read for young Pastors and interns
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    Brad
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    I bought this book thinking of people serving in lay counseling ministry but found it a great fit for our intern program for pastor and elder ministry.
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