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The Holy Bible

Petals & Thorns: A Journal After Infant Loss

Mommy Please Don't Cry

In This Very Hour: Devotions for Your Time of Need

Streams in the Desert & Springs in the Valley

Lord, Only You Can Change Me

 
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The Holy Bible

This book is the reigning bestseller year after year.  It's words of hope have brought new life and healing to billions upon billions of people.  I believe it is the inspired Word of God and thus a perfect reference manual for all aspects of life.  You know, even when you feel that no one else understands, God does.  His Son died.  He knows what grief is because He too has been where you are.  I have taken the liberty of listing a few verses that may help.  You can find some of these in the other books listed as well.  If you don't have a Bible, it would be a good investment.  Or, you can click on the Bible icon below and it will take you to an online copy.

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"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."  Psalm 34:18(NIV)

"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.  We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed."  2 Corinthians 4:7-9(NIV)

"How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me, when his lamp shone upon my head and by his light I walked through darkness!  Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God's intimate friendship blessed my house, when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me, when my path was drenched with cream and the rock poured out for me streams of olive oil."  Job 29:2-6

 


Mommy, Please Don't Cry

by Linda DeYmaz

This book is geared to mothers who have lost infants or young children.  It's a beautifully written look at heaven through a child's eyes.  The illustrations by Sabrina Smith are a delight.   While the book brings tears, it also brings comfort and hope.  After several attempts, I was able to read through the book completely.  Almost two years later I still cry when I read it.  But that's alright because it helps me keep things in perspective.  Although my Bryan isn't here for me to love, I know he's getting more love than I could ever imagine in heaven.

This book was given to me by a couple who, many years prior, had lost their infant son.  I love this book and highly recommend it!

Mommy Please Don't Cry can be found in most Christian book stores.  Or for more information on the book you can write:

Vision House Publishing
1217 NE Burnside, Suite 403
Gresham, Oregon   97030

 


In This Very Hour: Devotions for Your Time of Need
(Loss of a Loved One)


by Robin Prince Monroe

This superbly written, 31 day devotional, is perfect for anyone who has lost a child.  The author's personal account is of the loss of her young daughter to a brain hemorrhage resulting from leukemia.  Robin Prince Monroe carefully leads you through scripture that gives strength and encouragement.  She addresses different issues surrounding the grief process.  Her personal experience has allowed her to verbalize exactly how a grieving parent feels.  I personally felt very "normal" after going through the devotional.  One of the biggest questions in dealing with grief is "Does anyone else feel this way?"  The answer you find in this little book is a very loud "YES!"  This book is full of hope and understanding.  It will   bring on tears associated with many different emotions but that is all part of the grieving process.

This book was given to me by a dear family friend who's teenaged son was killed in a car accident almost four years before my son died.  She even marked some places in the book that really touched her.  I cherish this devotional and recommend it highly!

In This Very Hour: Devotions for Your Time of Need (Loss of a Loved One) can be found in most Christian book stores.  Or for more information about the book you can visit Broadman & Holman Publishers at the link below:

Broadman & Holman Publishers

 


Streams in the Desert & Springs in the Valley

by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

This book contains two devotionals in one.  It has a devotion for every day of the year.  What I did when Bryan died was read everything I could.  So, I started reading this devotion starting with the day I got it.  I made notes in the margins of how I felt.  And in a few months, I found that I would forget to read it for a day.  Then it turned into two days and so on.  Before I knew it, I wasn't reading it anymore.  These devotions are geared toward the trials in our lives.  And now, if something comes up that I'm upset about, I pick up this book and read that day's devotion.  I continue everyday until I get on the other side.  This isn't in the place of a regular study and devotion of God's Word, it's just an added bonus when you are going through those "deserts" and "valleys".

This book was given to me by a dear Aunt who understands what it means to rely on God.  I highly recommend this devotional for every household as a "first aid kit" during the not so great times in life.

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Streams in the Desert & Springs in the Valley can be found at most Christian book stores.  Or for more information on the book you can visit the site below:

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For Those Who HURT

by Charles R. Swindol

To be honest, I really didn't like this book in the beginning.  When I started reading the "Getting Ready" section, it made me angry.  It spoke about the fact that "We cannot prepare for a crisis after that crisis occurs.  Preparation must take place before we are nose to nose with the issue."  While I agree with that, at the time, I was in the middle of my "crisis" and those words brought no comfort.  Had I kept reading, I would have discovered the comforting words that I was looking for, but in anger I threw the book and didn't pick it up again until a week ago (almost two years after my son's death).  

This book provides some insight into the "why" question that is very valuable if you are having trouble understanding God.  While I don't recommend this book during the early stages of grief,  I do find it helpful for continued healing when you begin to get past the shock and anger of loosing your child.

For Those Who HURT can be found in most Christian book stores or you can contact:

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Lord, Only You Can Change Me

by Kay Arthur

This nine week devotional on the Beatitudes has an emphasis on character.  I promise you that God will change your life through this study if you let Him.  It concentrates on everything from Salvation to becoming "the salt of the earth".  Arthur speaks to you as a friend throughout the book gently instructing in the Word of God. 

I highly recommend this study to EVERYONE!

Lord, Only You Can Change Me can be found in most Christian book stores or for more information you can write to:

Questar Publishers, INC.
Post Office Box 1720
Sisters, Oregon  97759


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