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The Good Grief Devotional: 52 Weeks toward Hope

The Good Grief Devotional: 52 Weeks toward Hope

Author: 
Brent D. Christianson (Author)
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Description

The Good Grief Devotional offers wise, honest companionship to those who struggle with the death of a loved one, a divorce, the loss of a job, or another major life transition.

Pastor Brent D. Christianson’s fifty-two devotions follow the ten stages of grief outlined in Granger Westberg’s helpful book, Good Grief.

Each stage begins with a reflection on that aspect of grief and then considers what the stage means for the reader’s self-understanding and relationships with other people, creation, and God. Readers will return to this collection year after year.

ISBN: 
9781506453071
Price: 
$14.99
ISBN: 
9781506453088
Release date: 
February 1, 2019
Pages: 
144
Width: 
5.50
Height: 
8

Endorsements

Christianson brings an offering that I would have been delighted to give to each grieving family in my thirty-plus years as a parish pastor. 

In The Good Grief Devotional: 52 Weeks toward Hope, Christianson has crafted a delightful companion to Granger Westberg’s seminal Good Grief. Christianson writes that his wish for this book it to brings its readers hope. And it does. Through a healing recipe of Scripture, poetry, wisdom, and prayer, Christianson brings an offering that I would have been delighted to give to each grieving family in my thirty-plus years as a parish pastor. I can offer no higher praise than that.

Richard Hoyme | former bishop of the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin

Through poetry, lyrical prose, and story, the book speaks openly about the pain of grief and points the reader in the direction of comfort and grace.

For years I had a supply of Granger Westberg’s classic Good Grief in my pastoral office. I gave one to people who were going through rough waters. Brent D. Christianson’s devotional book will be even more helpful for those who have been struck by divorce, death, or another form of  loss. Through poetry, lyrical prose, and story, the book speaks openly about the pain of grief and points the reader in the direction of comfort and grace. If read slowly and savored, the fifty-two short chapters promise to bring healing and even joy.

Bill White | ELCA pastor

This book will provide comfort and encouragement in the first year of grief and beyond.

Grief work is indeed good and holy, as Christianson notes. He is a compassionate, hopeful companion for those in the midst of that work. The poems, lyrics, stories, and prayers he has gathered will provide comfort and encouragement in the first year of grief and beyond.

Carla Dahl | Luther Seminary

Brent D. Christianson uses words and imagery that draw us in and help us clarify our own thoughts and feelings about loss and grief. 

Brent D. Christianson has written a book of devotions that is an articulate, thoughtful, and helpful response to Granger Westberg’s now classic book on the ten stages of grief, Good Grief. Drawing from his personal experience of grief and loss, Holy Scripture, and a deep well of verse written both by him and others more widely read or sung, Christianson invites us to reflect on and share our own experience of grief and loss.
Christianson’s prose is concise and clear. He uses words and imagery that draw us in and help us clarify our own thoughts and feelings about loss and grief. Perhaps what I appreciate most is his faithful dialogue with the biblical texts and the short prayers that close each devotional chapter with a light touch to help heal the grieving heart.
As a chaplain and director of spiritual care at a retirement community, I am moved to invite him to share this book and his experience with our residents, family, and staff.

Kristine Braaten-Lee | chaplain, Northfield Retirement Community