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Carson City, NV
Age: Over 65
5 Stars Out Of 5
December 2, 2011
Carson City, NV
Age: Over 65
I purchased this book when I lost my husband after a 2 week illness. It helped guide me through my difficulties of adjustment in the months ahead. I would highly recommend it to anyone who has a loss of any type in their life. Keep your eyes on Jesus Christ.
"We live in a fallen world and if often falls on us," Dr. Kellemen explains in God's Healing for Life's Losses. This has become one of my favorite quotes.We've all been hit by pieces of this world, and sometimes the blow is harder than others. Whether it is the loss of a loved one, the loss of a dream, or simply an unexpected change in our circumstances, we can be left with a wound that we can't even describe. This is the kind of wound that causes your soul to hurt on the inside with physical pain.We call it grief.So how does this book help? Dr. Kellemen does not assume that a couple of scripture verses and a prayer will make everything all better. But he also doesn't leave you empty-handed.God's Healing for Life's Losses leads us into healing by challenging a process most of us are familiar with.Even if we have never studied the subject, most of us have heard of the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.There is one problem - this process is simply a description; an observation of what typically happens to someone who is experiencing grief. There really is nothing intentional about it. If we just let life happen to us, this is typically how we will respond.However, as Christians, we know we have a sovereign, loving God who doesn't want us to just let life happen to us. In the midst of our confusion, we can go to his Word and find the examples that he gave us on how to seek him for healing. We can be intentional about the process.This book gives us the direction to start on that journey by outlining God's process for grief recovery: candor, complaint, cry, comfort, and growth. Don't worry; this is not a quick 5-step magical program. It is more like a road map to help you on your journey, even if you have to wander back a few times.If you have a friend who is dealing with grief or depression, this would be a great gift.
Grief is an experience that one out of every one person will face. Unfortunately, the more people we love the more times we will experience significant grief. In the midst of the pain we often ask To love or not to love? and are tempted to consider not loving as the better option.Robert Kellemen has written an excellent book to guide us through this difficult (and often repetitive) season of life. The quality is good enough to warrant an endorsement from Grief Share. There are three aspects of the book that I would like to highlight in this post.In closing, I would agree with the words of Garrett Higbee (President of Twelve Stones Ministries and Executive Director of Harvest Bible Soul Care), Gods Healing for Lifes Losses takes on traditional thoughts about grief and loss and turns them upside down. There is refreshing honesty about the pain of loss and the permission to be real with God and others as we embrace the mourning process together. This book is biblical, personal, and healing; I highly recommend it.