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Number of Pages: 64
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
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Through great personal loss, authors Cecil Murphey and Liz Allison have gained insight to share with others who are going through uncertainty, depression, and loneliness after losing a loved one. They also offer advice for those comforting someone who is grieving.
Among comforting paintings by artist Michal Sparks, brief stories, personal experiences, and prayers offer a meaningful path toward healing for readers when they:
- feel alone and lost in their grief and want to reconnect with others and to life
- seek to make sense of their loss alongside their sense of faith, purpose, and God
- want to honor their loved one without clinging to the past in unhealthy ways
Readers are given gentle permission to grapple with doubt, seek peace, and reflect on their loss in their own way without judgment and with understanding and hope. A perfect gift for a loved one dealing with loss.
Liz Allison was married to NASCAR driver Davey Allison until his tragic death in 1993. Widowed at 28 with two young children to raise, Liz faced the long journey of pain, loss, and grief with great faith. Committed to encouraging others, she returned to her work in TV reporting, has published eight books, and hosts a weekly radio show.
Cecil Murphey is an international speaker and bestselling author who has written more than 100 books, including New York Times bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper). Cecil has served as a pastor and hospital chaplain for many years, and through his ministry and books such as When Someone You Love Has Cancer, Words of Comfort for Times of Loss, and When Someone You Love No Longer Remembers, he has encouraged thousands.
Michal Sparks artwork can be found throughout the home-furnishings industry in textiles, gift items, dinnerware, and more. She is the artist for Words of Comfort for Times of Loss, When Someone you Love Has Cancer and A Simple Gift of Comfort. She and her family live in New Jersey. Connect with Michal at www.ACleverSpark.com.
Beautiful, honest, real words of great compassion and true comfort. Cec Murphey and Liz Allison have gathered the words hurting people long to hear and those who love them wish they knew to say. As practical as it is lovely, Murphey and Allison share from their own experiences of loss to offer not only comfort, but concrete points for help, hope and healing. Powerful!”
Rhonda Rhea, author and radio host
Everyone experiences death of a loved one at some point. Words of Comfort for Times of Loss is a beautiful book that serves two unique purposes. Liz Allison and Cecil Murphey write from their hearts (and their experiences) and help us know how to respond when someone is grieving. Their stories are practical and useful, yet touch our hearts and comfort our souls. The illustrations by Michal Sparks and actually, the entire packaging of the book, makes a perfect gift to pass along when your own words just don't seem adequate. Thanks for a great resource.”
Tracy Ruckman, author and photographer
I just finished reading Words of Comfort for Times of Loss, and I feel the personal stories, advice, and prayers from authors Cecil Murphey and Liz Allison will bring great comfort to anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. In addition, the lovely watercolor paintings by Michal Sparks enhance the poignant words perfectly, making this a beautiful gift.”
Anita Higman, award-winning author of 24 books
"Words of Comfort for Times of Loss is the kind of book that, at some point, we’ll all need. I read it in one sitting and drew hearts in so many places. Cec Murphey and Liz Allison share simple yet profound truths that bring hope when everything seems hopeless. It’s the kind of book that almost whispers, You’re not crazy. You won’t always feel this way. No, grieving isn’t an easy process, but with the comfort this book brings, we understand we’re not alone. My favorite sentence is just two wordstwo beautiful words. Little joys.’ Little joys begin to usher healing. There’s no hurry. No race to win. With grieving, it’s best to take your time.”
Julie Garmon, writer and speaker
Cecil Murphey and Liz Allison know first-hand the gut-wrenching pain of loss of family members. Their book, Words of Comfort for Times of Loss, offers encouragement and support to those of us who have lost loved ones. I lost two aunts, my mother, and my only child within weeks of each other. This book spoke to my deepest pain.
Murphey and Allison validate the emotional roller coaster we ride on the journey of grief and mourning. The beautiful illustrations of Michal Sparks add to the peace and comfort this book provides. I highly recommend it and will use it as a gift for those who suffer loss. This book belongs on the shelves of those involved in Christian counseling, in church libraries, in Christian grief support groups, and in ministries such as the Stephen Ministry. I hope those who lose a loved one will read this book as soon as possible.”
Yvonne Ortega, LPC, LSATP, CCDVC, author of Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer
What a beautiful little gem of a book! My own father just died, so when I opened the package and saw the title of the book, I knew that it was a gift from God, picked out especially for me. Its profound wisdom and lovely illustrations reached even my trained grief counselor's heart. I will recommend it to others, and buy it to give as well.”
Deborah Dunn, LMFT, author, speaker, & therapist
Cecil Murphey and Liz Allison combine their personal experiences to cultivate a solid resource in their book, Words of Comfort for Times of Loss. Written from the depths of their hearts, this beautifully illustrated book shares how Murphey and Allison found practical ways to cope with their pain.
When you’re not sure what to offer someone dealing with painful loss, this book makes a wonderful gift.”
Cindy Scinto, author, A Heart Like Mine and Finding God's Will for Your Life
Shirley M. CorderPort Elizabeth, South AfricaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A message for anyone who is grieving.March 12, 2011Shirley M. CorderPort Elizabeth, South AfricaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Have you lost a loved one recently? Do you wish to reach out to someone close to you who is struggling with grief? Authors Cec Murphey and Liz Allison both know what it feels like to lose loved ones. Liz found herself suddenly plunged into widowhood, leaving her with two small children to care for. Cec faced the deaths of five close family members within eighteen months.
The opening words of this book say it all: "No one grieves the way you do. Your grief is private and intimate." Others try to come alongside you. Sometimes they help. Sometimes they make things worse. This book contains the words and the simplicity to reach deep inside, to the areas that hurt so badly you feel you'll never recover. It says to you, "It's all right to be you, and it's all right to feel exactly the way you do."
I bought this book in March 2010 and put it to one side to readÃ¢â¬âsometime. Then I lost two family members within 10 weeks. I remembered the book, and read it through in an evening. I was so impressed with the thoughts and compassion contained in the pages, I gave it to my newly widowed brother-in-law the next day to read. I only loaned it to him, as I knew he wasn't a reader and probably wouldn't read it. He not only read it over and over, he ordered several from an online bookstore so that he could share the message with others.
The delightful packaging of the book, the simple and inspiring stories, and the beautiful illustrations by Michael Sparks combine to make this an ideal gift for anyone who is faced with the inevitableÃ¢â¬âthe loss of a loved one.
Dee EastDelawareAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5April 30, 2010Dee EastDelawareAge: Over 65Gender: female"Words of Comfort for Times of Loss" is an extremely comforting book for anyone experiencing the loss of loved ones. I have used a copy to share with the Widow's Group I am blessed to lead at my church, and the ladies are being greatly encouraged and blessed.
Cindy Scinto5 Stars Out Of 5March 2, 2010Cindy ScintoAt some time, each of us will suffer grief due to loss. In a world where terra firma eventually gives way to earthquakes of tragedy, you may one day find yourself living on a fault line of grief. Cecil Murphey and Liz Allison combine their personal experiences to cultivate a solid resource in their book, Words of Comfort for Times of Loss. Written from the depths of their hearts, this beautifully illustrated book shares how Murphey and Allison found practical ways to cope with their pain. Chapters about loneliness, accepting help, regrets, and even how to deal with a loved ones belongings, provide aid for the grieving and insight for friends and family close to them. Murphey and Allison ask the same questions many will after loss and then offer the answers that brought them solace in the midst of their anguish.Words of Comfort for Times of Loss also relates to the process we endure from other types of loss: loss of health, broken relationships, financial and employment loss, and the tragic circumstances of divorce. When youre not sure what to offer someone dealing with painful loss, this book makes a wonderful gift.
Yvonne Ortega5 Stars Out Of 5February 18, 2010Yvonne OrtegaCecil Murphey and Liz Allison know first-hand the gut-wrenching pain of loss of family members. Their book, Words of Comfort for Times of Loss, offers encouragement and support to those of us who have lost loved ones. Murphey and Allison validate the emotional roller coaster we ride on the journey of grief and mourning. The beautiful illustrations of Michael Sparks add to the peace and comfort this book provides. I highly recommend it and will use it as a gift for those who suffer loss. This book belongs on the shelves of those involved in Christian counseling, in church libraries, in Christian grief support groups, and in ministries such as the Stephen Ministry. I hope those who lose a loved one will read this book as soon as possible.
Rhonda Rhea5 Stars Out Of 5February 9, 2010Rhonda RheaBeautiful, honest, real words of great compassion and true comfort. Cec Murphey and Liz Allison have gathered the words hurting people long to hear and those who love them wish they knew to say. As practical as it is lovely, Murphey and Allison share from their own experiences of loss to offer not only comfort, but concrete points for help, hope and healing. Powerful!