Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Growing in Grace Through Grief

Loss is a four-letter word that grips our hearts and gridlocks our lives. Grief can hold us captive until we surrender it to God. How do we find the necessary grace to journey through the mourning process?

Juxtaposed to the outpouring of her mother’s words about grief, the author shares her parallel journey from the emotional abyss of grief after becoming an adult orphan. With candor, the author shares her own emotions experienced along the spectrum of loss after her parents’ deaths: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—adding interactive options for readers.

Five sections cover these common emotions and provide:

• comfort Scripture lists

• counsel sections from grief experts

• chronicling sections with detailed helps

• tangible handles on dealing with grief during holidays, capturing loved ones’ legacy, and more.

About Margaret: 

Margaret McSweeney is a well-published author often writing online articles for Make It Better (the former North Shore Magazine) and freelance articles for the Daily Herald, the largest suburban Chicago newspaper. In addition, she has authored and compiled several books including A Mother’s Heart Knows; Go Back and Be Happy; Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace and most recently, Mother of Pearl.

Margaret has a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in international business. As is the founder of Pearl Girls, Margaret collaborates with other writers on projects to help fund a safe house for WINGS, an organization that helps women and their children who are victims of domestic violence, and to build wells for schoolchildren in Uganda through Hands of Hope. For the past 10 years she has served on the board of directors and leadership advisory board for WINGS. Margaret lives with her husband and 2 daughters in the Chicago suburbs. Learn more about Margaret and the work of Pearl Girls at www.margaretmcsweeney.com.

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Book Review

When I ripped open the package and this book fell out I was so mad I flung it across the car.  Great!  What
timing for this to arrive.   I am on my way to meet the funeral director to set up for visitation and this is the book that I pull out of my mailbox?   It feels like a cruel joke after losing such a precious friend in our lives. 

It was a week later when my husband was helping me de-clutter the car that he found this underneath a seat.  He brought it inside and wisely stuck it on my stack of books without a word.   He knew I would look at it when I was ready.    Was I going to be ready?   To deal with grief?     I have never been good at dealing with grief.    I am an expert at NOT dealing with it.

However, I knew that I had a responsibility to review this book so I reluctantly picked it up and read through pieces of it.   Immediately the Scripture soothes me.   That is enough for one day so I put it down.

The next day I pick it up and read a little more.   I find just a little more that gives me what I need to process and to give my son the words he needs to deal with his own grief.   

Day by day we have used this little book to hopefully teach my boys how to handle grief in a healthier way than I have. 


Shelby said...

This is going on my must-read list. I have mostly moved past the worst phases of grieving both my mom and Rich -- although there will always be times when it swamps me -- but maybe I can use it as a tool to reach out to others.

I love you, Deanna, and your honesty here. Your heart is beautiful.

Allison said...

So thankful for your transparency. All of you remain in my prayers.