Surprised by Grief Paperback
A journey into hope
by Janine Fair;
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Surprised by Grief
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Janine shares the agonizing emotions, and the inner journey God took her on, after her biggest nightmare became reality literally overnight. She looks at the traps and pitfalls to which she was particularly prone, along with the overwhelming sense of loneliness she felt. And she shares the long and gruelling path towards recovering her sense of self and forging a new identity.
'God led me to set new priorities for myself,' she says, 'as I sought to move into the future with him, and enabled me to deal with the baggage of negative beliefs.'
Finally, Janine places her grief in the context of a transition in order to understand her 'voyage of hope', ending with gratitude to God for all she has received from his hands.
Surprised by Grief by Janine Fair was published by Inter-Varsity Press in July 2010 and is our 20681st best seller. The ISBN for Surprised by Grief is 9781844744725.
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'From her account of the sudden and shocking death of her husband, to her subsequent struggles to rebuild her life; Janine Fair writes with great honesty about her journey through grief and her gradual acceptance of the future God has for her.' - Jackie Stead, Editor of Woman Alive magazine
'Janine shares simply and honestly her personal feelings of lost identity brought about by the death of her husband. She faces the anger, self-reliance, low self-esteem and brokenness she discovers buried in the depths of her being – and shares her choice to accept these unpalatable truths and move on. Through the pain, she transitions from self-pity to a place where she recognizes grief itself as a gift of God enabling her to love more deeply.'
Jacqui Frost, textile artist and fellow-traveller on the path of grief
'Having both suffered the heartache of the death of our previous partners while we were in our thirties, we can thoroughly recommend Janine Fair’s book. She tells the story of her journey honestly – through shock, pain, grief and despair to hope for the future and a new and fulfilled life.'
Joy and Bob Jones, Care for the Family’s ‘A Different Journey’ (supporting those widowed at a young age)
'Bereavement is a path that no-one can walk for you, but the experience of those who have already walked through it can be a soothing help. This is the case in Surprised by Grief, a moving personal story where the author blends her very personal feelings with a lot of practical and biblical wisdom. I warmly recommend this excellent book for all those who want to learn how to transform grief into a gift from God.'
Dr. Pablo Martinez, Psychiatrist, and co-author of Tracing the Rainbow: Walking Through Loss and Bereavement
Details for Surprised by Grief
|Page last updated||10th May 2013|
|Author / Artist||Janine Fair|
|Publisher||Inter-Varsity Press (July 2010)|
|Number of Pages||144|