Treasures in Darkness: A Grieving Mother Shares Her Heart  -     By: Sharon W. Betters
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Treasures in Darkness: A Grieving Mother Shares Her Heart

P & R Publishing / 2005 / Paperback

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In this remarkably honest book, Sharon Betters tells us the full story of her teenage son’s sudden death in a tragic car accident. Excerpts from Sharon’s journal express the raw grief, anger, and hunger to understand how God can be good and loving, and still take away her youngest child. Whether they’re suffering from recent or loss from the distant past, readers will see how they can experience God’s presence and love even during the darkest times.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 258
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.37 (inches)
ISBN: 0875527981
ISBN-13: 9780875527987
Availability: In Stock

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Publisher's Description

Grief can be so debilitating that it blinds you to God’s presence. Many who grieve struggle to face the sudden loss, much less embrace it and rest in it. In this remarkably honest book, Sharon Betters tells us the story of her teenage son’s sudden death in a car accident. Excerpts from Sharon’s journal express her raw grief, anger, and hunger to understand how God can be good and loving and still take away her youngest child. Sharon Betters draws readers to a passage from Isaiah that carries God’s promise to provide treasures for his people in the very midst of darkness and trouble. Whether they’re suffering from recent or loss from the distant past, readers of Treasures in Darkness will see how they can experience God’s presence and love even during the darkest times.

Author Bio

Sharon Betters is a mother of four and grandmother of nine. She is a nationally known conference and retreat speaker and has also spoken to womens groups in Africa and Japan. Author of Treasures of Encouragement and Treasures of Faith, she has also contributed articles to Todays Christian Woman, Virtue, and Christian Parenting Today.

Editorial Reviews

No hope is real if it fails to recognize the reality of the pain and the necessity of pressing through darkness with nothing but faith to find our way. Sharon Betters squarely faces personal pain and tenderly offers the realities of faith to provide a journey to hope even through our darkest nights.
In twenty years of women’s ministry, I have never read such a compelling, painfully real, transparent perspective on grief. Sharon Betters brings hope to a broken heart in the midst of profound loss. Do you know of someone struggling with grief and loss? This treasure needs to be the first gift you place in their hands.
Betters’s world turned upside down when her son died in an automobile accident. She tells her story with candor, honesty, and hope. This book is helpful to anyone who has lost a loved one . . . an extremely helpful guide to grieving parents.
Treasures In Darkness will guide you from your deepest sorrow into a positive and productive walk with God. Sharon will help you learn to believe, trust and live again.
Recognizing that our lives here on this side of heaven will be fraught with darkness and sorrow, Betters’s experience with grief will encourage and comfort you. With biblical wisdom and gentle insight, she’ll draw your broken heart up to where hers is resting: safely in the arms of the Savior. I heartily recommend this book.

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  1. El Paso, TX
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I can breathe again...
    June 1, 2013
    paulette
    El Paso, TX
    This book, in conjunction with the CD "Learning to See when the Lights go Out: Loss of a Loved One", was the only resource that brought me any relief after the tragic death of my daughter. Even thought I have never met Sharon Betters, I consider her my very best friend. This book is raw. Sharon is transparent about the horrors of her own feelings of grief. Sharon is the only person in the world who knows what I feel like, and I am forever grateful for this resource that gave me permission to grieve, to feel pain, and to rest in God's grip. Thank you, Sharon.
  2. Colorado
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 12, 2013
    PatR
    Colorado
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I read this book just a few months after two tragic deaths in our family. It gave me hope that life does go on. I really liked her honesty about her grief and all the the heartache she experienced. It is heart breaking but also encouraging. I plan to buy a couple more copies to share.
  3. Louisiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Book
    June 12, 2012
    Tina
    Louisiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lost 2 children last year and this book was awesome. Could definitely relate. Would recommend.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 22, 2006
    Guinever Van Campen
    A couple months after my daughter died, my pastor gave me this book. I read it in a couple days, finding in its pages validation for the way I was grieving and how I felt. The process that Sharon Betters had gone through mirrored my own. It helped to know that I wasnt the only one who had experienced the overwhelming heartache that comes with the loss of a child.As Sharon quoted extensively from the journal she wrote in the first months after her son Mark died in a car accident, I watched her struggle with God and then accept her lifes circumstance. Sharon embraces Gods promise of eternal life for His children. She rests in the shadow of the Almightys arms, finding treasures of hope in the darkest moments of grief.The hymns and Scripture she includes in the book were the same passages I had already gone to repeatedly for comfort.I think that anyone who has experienced a significant loss can benefit from Sharons book. She allows grief and points the reader toward healing and comfort in the Lord.The book is also for those who want to help and minister to people who are grieving. In a chapter titled Whos Bearing Whose Burden, Sharon writes,The challenge of Paul in Galations 6:2, Bear ye one anothers burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ, teaches us that God expects us to not only need each other but also reflect the love of Christ by helping each other. Grief is not a pathway we should attempt to walk alone.She addresses what she calls echoes of mercy which are the little things in life God sends our way to encourage us. Such a God of grace we have. She shows us how to get through the ugly grief and live life.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 22, 2006
    Stu Lindner
    Thank God for Treasures in DarknessI had experienced chronic pain for years, as a result of a severe motorcycle crash in 1987, but I was stunned last August to learn that this had progressed into physical depression. All of a sudden I encountered unexplained crying, anxiety and insomnia. After three straight nights of no sleep, I told my wife that I could now understand how, even someone who loves the Lord, could contemplate suicide as a result of the feeling of hopelessness. Each night I cried out to God for help and a reason for this trial, but God was silent. But once again, Gods answer came in a unique way. On Sunday I purchased a copy of Sharon Betters new book, Treasures in Darkness. I began to read it immediately, and instead of trying to figure why, I focused on praising the Lord, and giving thanks in all things. Her book drove me into the Psalms, and they seemed to open the windows of heaven for me. My perspective changed to one of pursuing obedience and trusting the Lords promises.God was gracious to later reveal His purpose for this trial, and now nine months later I am totally off any anti-anxiety or sleep medication.
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