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Wherever you are on your journey through grief, God longs to strengthen and sustain you. Our compassionate Father, who suffered the loss of His only Son, understands your worst pain and your darkest thoughts.

As a fellow griever who has experienced the death of children, family members, and a close friend, Kathe Wunnenberg empathizes with your anguish. With Scriptures, prayers, and journaling space, her wise and tender devotions will validate your pain, comfort you, and give you courage to press on. This hardcover edition includes a foil-stamped cover, a ribbon bookmark and a presentation page for gift-giving.

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.03 X 6.60 X 1.40 (inches)
ISBN: 0310358728
ISBN-13: 9780310358725

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Losing a loved one is painful and overwhelming.

As a mother who has suffered with loss on many levels, Kathe Wunnenberg knows from firsthand experience that there are no easy answers for those who mourn. Her tender and comforting devotions will help you deal with your grief and find hope and strength in God.

Grieving the Loss of a Loved One is a devotional for those who know the acute heartache that accompanies loss. Using Scripture verses from multiple translations, these thoughtful devotions will help you walk through the stages of grief, as well as offer specific encouragement for holidays, birthdays, and special occasions, when grief can be particularly painful. 

You will walk away from the short thematic devotions and feel validated and understood, and renewed hope in the God who promises to never leave you.

Author Bio

Kathe Wunnenberg is the founder and president of Hopelifters Unlimited. She is a speaker, writer, leader, and connector known for her ability to offer creative solutions for real life problems. The author of Grieving the Loss of a Loved One and Grieving the Child I Never Knew, Kathe lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her family.

 Connect with Kathe at www.hopelifters.com

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  1. debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Greiving the Loss of a Loved One ~ Kathe Wunnenberg
    August 28, 2016
    debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a hardcover book for those dealing with a loss and the grieving process. It is a small hand held book that is a great devotional to be read daily or weekly, you pick the pace you want to do. It covers different subjects and feelings that you feel and go through during this difficult time. Each devotional ends with a prayer and has space for you to journal your thoughts. Kathe does a great job of each devotional starting out with scripture, the devotional, prayer and then the journal space. Her main focus is on grieving for a loved one, however, I think you could use this book to help with any type of loss, example: loss of job, loss of friendship, and any other loss you can think of.

    I would recommend this to anyone (any age) that is grieving a loss, it is a great book. The format is easy and very simple to navigate for your needs. I was impressed at the high quality of the book and it's contents. This is a great book that I hope people will buy and share for many years, as I think it will make a difference for those difficult circumstances.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Booklookers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
  2. tickmenot
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Master of the Sea
    July 31, 2016
    tickmenot
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Grief. How can it be depicted? Experts have analyzed it, dividing grief into stages, claiming certain feelings and reactions are predictable--even if the one experiencing it finds it hard to believe anyone else could forecast such a thing.

    Some have used Biblical references. For instance, part of the 23rd Psalm, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death....," has been used to describe the journey through grief.

    Water and ocean references have also been used in an attempt to explain it. Such phrases as "drowning in grief," "throw me a line to get out of my grief," or "where is my anchor in grief?" have all been used. Grief has been compared to the waves in the ocean. And just like the waves at the sea shore, some really big grief waves, with tsunami-type strength, can come along, and try to knock you down.

    This book has been written for someone who is experiencing loss, perhaps someone who despairs of happiness ever returning. Grieving the Loss of a Loved One came out of the pain and loss the author herself experienced. Her wish is to help others navigate their way through their own difficult time. This volume is divided into short sections, each dealing with different aspects of grief. That format makes it easy to thumb through when looking for a particular issue. There is even space for journaling in each section. The book itself is very well-made, with a padded cover, along with strong, thick paper. It can handle being opened and closed often, or even a bit of rough treatment, if it is carried around a lot. It is a very sturdy volume, and is written from a Christian outlook.

    This book doesn't have all the answers. Nothing does. Or at least that is how it can seem during times of grief. But the author attempts to give the broken-hearted an anchor in their personal storm. During grief, I have gleaned very little from books that have not been written from a Christian viewpoint. Without the promises of God, there is very little hope secular books have to suggest. Books that do not include God during grieving leave me flat, without hope, and--I have found--are a waste of time.

    Grieving the Loss of a Loved One will not be a waste of your time. The author very clearly points to Jesus, and scripture, as the life preserver needed to keep one from drowning during their own storm of grief. I recommend this 5-star book to anyone experiencing loss.

    The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Grieving the Loss of a Loved One, through Zondervan Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.

  3. AnchoredMomLife
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Book Review: Grieving the Loss of a Loved One
    June 27, 2016
    AnchoredMomLife
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Summary

    "Grieving the Loss of a Loved One" by Kathe Wunnenberg is considered a devotional book because each entry starts with a Bible verse, followed by a short story with application, then a prayer. It also has some room to journal a couple thoughts at the end of each entry. It can be read from start to finish with a new devotional each day or even each week, or you can read out of sequence by the topic appropriate to your situation or current mental place.

    This is geared for anyone who has lost a loved one, though written by Wunnenberg, who has experienced miscarriages and the death of an infant. She shares personal stories of her grief throughout her writing. The stories within are appropriate for adults and tailored to those who are Christ-followers.

    My Reactions

    I personally like the layout of this book. Grief is not linear. Because grief doesn't follow a specific order, it's refreshing to see that you don't have to with this book either.

    When I received this book, I saw the part in the Table of Contents labeled, "Reading for Special Days or Needs" and immediately turned to the entry for Mothers Day. Like the author, I also suffered multiple miscarriages and the death of an infant and struggled immensely on Mothers Day each year. As I read Wunnenberg's entry, I realized my reaction was not without conflict.

    If I had read this article shortly after my daughter passed away, I would have been angered. It is predominately a negative tone against envy. Looking at it 5 years later, it is an appropriate reminder for me, however it most likely would have hurt more than helped directly after my loss.

    Other entries are full of positive encouragement that would be helpful. I especially enjoyed the entry titled, "Journey to the Lighthouse of Living" and its follow-up, "Living with New Roles and Expectations."

    Overall, I would recommend this book to others. Each person is different and so is their grief journey. Some entries might be helpful while others might not be. But that doesn't mean they wouldn't be applicable another time. Remember that if you are considering this book for yourself. And if you are contemplating this for someone else, know that it would speak volumes to them to see your caring heart through trying to help with this devotional.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  4. Kara
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Grieving
    June 17, 2016
    Kara
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Grieving the Loss of a Loved One: A Devotional of Comfort as You Mourn, by Kathe Wunnenberg, is a wonderful book, resource, or gift. Drawing from her own experiences, Wunnenberg empathizes with the anguish others experience as they endure loss.

    This book contains twelve parts, each containing four or five devotions. The devotions begin with scripture, then present a devotion, and end with a prayer and space for journaling. Each is meant to assist the reader in gaining courage to press on. Some of the sections are entitled: Denying, Venting, Crying, Praising, Bargaining, and Accepting. In one devotion, Wunnenberg suggests scheduling a DAWG day, a Day Alone With God.

    This devotional is well-written. It would be a great source of encouragement to anyone who has experienced loss. I appreciated the gentleness of the messages, as well as the manner in which the author encourages people to turn to God and others for help and strength to travel through the worst pain and darkest thoughts.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who has experience grieving.

    Kara

    I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
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