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A Grace Given - A Father's Love for a Dying Child

A Grace Given - A Father's Love for a Dying Child

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"There is a blessing sent from God in every burden of sorrow. There is hope in that, hope even in a dying child." "A Grace Given is a decade long window into the metamorphosis of the soul. This is a modern day Pilgrim's Progress told with humor, deep love, and unflinching honesty. A book that every Christian should read." -Donald E. Wildmon, Founder of the American Family Association and American Family Radio. A Grace Given is the personal account of the impact that one life, however insignificant, can have on those around it. It explores how a child who never spoke, could not walk, and could not even smile, could still inspire and mobilize hundreds of people. Beyond that, A Grace Given explores the meaning of faith, the growth and deepening of spirituality that comes from suffering and sorrow, and the gift that a severely handicapped child represents. Most of all, it is the story of hope and a father's love. Kent Gilges was born in Zambia in 1965. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and five children and has written extensively for numerous magazines and newspapers. His freelance articles have appeared in Europe, The Independent, Industry Week, Chemical Engineering, Earthwatch, and featured on public radio. He is a graduate of Cornell and Oxford Universities. Suffering and Death Brings Life in new book A Grace Given by Kent Gilges"Nothing really bad ever happened to me or my family . . . I had led a charmed life," wrote Kent Gilges, author of A Grace Given: A Father's Love for His Dying Child, (Scepter Publishers). An adventurous life, time in Italy and Germany, and an idyllic honeymoon year in Oxford, culminated in the joyous birth of his daughter Elie.But soon, she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. "How long?" they asked the doctors who informed them that she might have six days or six months to live.Kent turned to God. "We both asked that God not take her away soon, that he let her have a while longer." She was given nine more years. Kent didn't grow up religious. He watched as other families attended church and his family stayed home. In college he was an "active disbeliever in organized religions."Elie's prognosis jolted his views. He prayed, "If Christ has some relevance to me, and if religion is something that I should embrace, give me some kind of sign." A Grace Given chronicles Kent's journey of hope and discovery of faith."Children are our symbol of hope in life. Hopelessness in a child is a painful anomaly." But Kent and his wife, finding their beautiful life together eclipsed by the unbearable pain of slowly losing their daughter to this world, felt no anger. Instead, they decided to do everything in their power to give Elie a life filled with love and family in the time that they had with her.The book shares stirring revelations of the sort that bloom from the heart made wise through enduring one of life's most painful tribulation. "We spend our lives dying, but the process of dying is what gives life its poignancy, its beauty, even its joy." Joy, beauty and faith are the gifts Elie bestowed. Her condition led them on pilgrimages to Lourdes and even to meeting Pope John Paul II in search of healing and the acceptance of God's will.Kent, who at the book's close is the father of six wrote, "My children are the greatest gifts I have known, but Elie is particularly special." It's through Elie, his first born, that he learned the lessons to impart to his readers. "Suffering," he wrote, "wakes us from the torpor that leads to desperation. Grief makes us aware enough to experience beauty and joy."A Grace Given is a decade-long window into the metamorphosis of the soul. This is a modern day Pilgrim's Progress told with humor, deep love, and unflinching honesty. A book every Christian should read.-Donald E. Wildmon, founder of the American Family Association and American Family Radio
Abide. A Pathway to Transformative Healing and Intimacy With Jesus

Abide. A Pathway to Transformative Healing and Intimacy With Jesus

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In this personal healing retreat from Heather Khym, cohost of the popular Abiding Together podcast, you are invited to break through the barriers that prevent you from trusting and experiencing the deep love of Jesus and be transformed by the freedom that comes when we vulnerably bring our entire selves to the foot of the Cross.

Rooted in the teaching of Khym's Vancouver-based ministry, Life Restoration, Abide shares scripture, essential Catholic teaching, and the author's personal healing journey to reintroduce you to God as the Divine Healer, Restorer, and Miracle Worker. Khym offers you a compass to navigate your past as you dig into difficult memories that have disoriented your understanding of God and made you afraid to trust him. She challenges you to cast off your self-protective tendencies and to recognize your need for healing so you can be the person you were created to be.

Jesus says, "Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit because apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:4-5).

We are meant to abide in Jesus, to unite ourselves to him. Yet over the course of our lives, we experience brokenness and loss, which lead us to doubt God's presence.

Khym challenges you to step outside your comfort zone so that you can authentically:

  • recognize God as a loving father who desires your happiness;
  • practice spiritual and emotional vulnerability with Jesus;
  • invite the Divine Healer into your past and relationships;
  • acknowledge that you have an enemy who battles for your heart; and
  • overcome false beliefs about God and learn to trust Jesus as a compelling, captivating, and trustworthy lover of your soul.
  • Each chapter includes practical reflection-based exercises that help you recall troublesome memories, identify the roots of your feelings, and meditate on excerpts from scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. You'll come away with a renewed hope in the power of God to bring freedom to your fearful heart as you start to live a life restored in Christ, one that begins with and is sustained by an intimate relationship with Jesus.

    After Suicide: There's Hope for Them and for You

    After Suicide: There's Hope for Them and for You

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    Addressing the hard issue of suicide honestly and pastorally, Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, draws from the teaching of the Church, the message of Divine Mercy, and his own experience of losing his grandmother to suicide in order to offer readers two key forms of hope. There's hope for the salvation of those who've died by their own hand, and there's hope for the healing of those whom they've left behind.
    Always Here

    Always Here

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    No matter your age, losing a parent will always leave you in a childlike frame of mind. “Always Here” is a story of hope and inspiration that will soothe a broken heart that is grieving the loss of their parent.

    Always Within Grieving the Loss of Your Infant

    Always Within Grieving the Loss of Your Infant

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    Hope and Healing with Always Within

    Have you or someone you know experienced an infant or pregnancy loss? You are not alone. 1 in 4 people experience such a loss. Always Within; Grieving the Loss of Your Infant is like having a caring and compassionate support group at your fingertips. It's a compilation of stories from people who have had to endure such a loss. Over twenty parents have dedicated their time and energy to recount the events of the moments before and after their losses to help guide and alleviate some of the pain and confusion often associated with unexpected miscarriages and/or infant loss. Most parents who experience a loss of this nature have no idea what to do or where to turn. The loss of a baby or pregnancy can cause feelings of confusion and isolation.

    Always Within; Grieving the Loss of Your Infant is a stepping stone towards healing.

    Each chapter includes:

  • An individual heartfelt story to help inspire and comfort those who have lost or know someone who has.
  • Helpful advice from people who have been there, on how to cope with the devastating loss of a pregnancy or infant.
  • Thoughts on what family and friends can do and say to help during such a difficult time.
  • Ideas on how grieving parents can keep their child's memory alive through the years.
  • A comforting poem, quote or bible verse.
  • The book 'Always Within: Grieving the Loss of Your Infant' was featured on Warner Brother's Studio's Emmy-nominated talk show, The Real!

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    Melissa Eshleman lost her four-day-old infant son, Lucas on May 20, 2001. She is a member of several infant loss groups and found that by helping others she was healing in the process. Melissa worked together with other parents like herself, who have suffered the loss of a pregnancy or infant loss to create this book of hope and healing. Eshleman aims to assure readers that they are not alone & there is strength to be gained hearing from other people who have been in the same situation. Readers will also learn creative ways to keep their children's memory alive through the years, and will also gain inspiration through comforting quotes, poems, and Bible verses.

    "When I lost my child, I did everything I could to find out how to deal with the intense emotions I was feeling, including reading everything I could get my hands on and joining infant loss groups," said Eshleman. "In this book, I have worked with parents across the country, and their stories--including their triumphs and challenges--provide inspiration to us all. Losing a pregnancy or infant is such a devastating experience for parents and don't forget, their families, which is why I hope my book helps people who are going through the grieving process," Eshleman said. "Through the power of people who know what it's like to experience such a loss, this book is like having a compassionate and caring support group right at your fingertips. When I lost my son, I was like a lot of parents in that I had no idea where to turn or what to do. I felt alone in my grief. I felt alone in this great big world," said Eshleman. "It took me too long to find infant support groups and to find comfort in reading the stories of others and recognizing that I wasn't alone in my grief. Others had been there and realizing that, is what helped me the most."

    Get this book now and let the healing process begin.

    For more information or bulk orders please visit: www.findyourwaypublishing.com
    infant loss, miscarriage, baby loss, sids, parents, death, grief, hope, healing

    Catholic Approach to Widowhood A Journey with Mary

    Catholic Approach to Widowhood A Journey with Mary

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    A series of brief but profound meditations on every imaginable emotion a person could experience following the death of a loved one.
    Catholic Guide to Depression How the Saints, the Sacraments, & Psychiatry can Help You Break Its Grip & Find Happiness Again

    Catholic Guide to Depression How the Saints, the Sacraments, & Psychiatry can Help You Break Its Grip & Find Happiness Again

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    Countless Christians -- including scores of saints -- have suffered profound, pervasive sorrow that modern psychiatrists call "depression." Then, as now, great faith and even fervent spiritual practices have generally failed to ease this wearying desolation of soul.

    In these pages, Catholic psychiatrist Aaron Kheriaty reviews the effective ways that have recently been devised to deal with this grave and sometimes deadly affliction -- ways that are not only consistent with the teachings of the Church, but even rooted in many of those teachings.

    Extensive clinical experience treating patients with depression has shown Dr. Kheriaty that the confessional can't cure neuroses, nor can the couch forgive sin. Healing comes only when we integrate the legitimate discoveries of modern psychology and pharmacology with spiritual direction and the Sacraments, giving particular attention to the wisdom of the Church Fathers and the saints.

    Here, with the expert help of Dr. Kheriaty,

    Child of the Sea

    Child of the Sea

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    Publisher: Tau Publishing

    Comfort for the Sick and Dying And for Those Who Love Them

    Comfort for the Sick and Dying And for Those Who Love Them

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    Comfort for those facing illness and death. Wisdom for those who care for them. Here is a goldmine for Christian caregivers and essential reading for those who wisely want to be ready for serious illness and death.
    Daily Comfort While Grieving

    Daily Comfort While Grieving

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    Every person who lives will experience loss--loved ones get sick and die, long-time jobs end, a spouse or best friend leaves. Who or what will be a source of strength and solace to see one through? The daily Scripture or quote, brief reflection, and prayer in the 29th title in the Spiritual Life Series will help readers respond with hope and faith to the inevitable suffering and sorrow that come into every life as well as help heal the brokenness that is experienced.
    Daily Companion for Healing Addictions

    Daily Companion for Healing Addictions

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    A daily reflection; Scripture or quote; and prayer for those who struggle with addiction, are in recovery, or are on their way to recovery. Complementing counseling, 12-Step meetings, or retreats, this book will offer encouragement to help bring you healing one day at a time--and with God's help, strengthen you to help others who battle addiction.

    Daily Prayer for Times of Grief

    Daily Prayer for Times of Grief

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    As fixed-hour prayer gains in popularity among Christians of all persuasions, it is only natural that they should want to adopt this ancient practice to particular life circumstances. Drawing on her own experience of losing her young husband to cancer, in this poignant offering, Lisa B. Hamilton accommodates the practice of fixed-hour prayer for those who mourn.

    Dying Well: Peace and Possibilities at the End of Life

    Dying Well: Peace and Possibilities at the End of Life

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    Nobody should have to die in pain. Nobody should have to die alone. This is Ira Byock
    Embraced by God Facing Chemotherapy with Faith

    Embraced by God Facing Chemotherapy with Faith

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    Anyone who hears the dreaded word "chemotherapy" naturally experiences feelings of fear and apprehension. For Steve Givens that one word was the beginning of a new chapter in his life, one that would change him in profound ways. He believes that a brotherhood and sisterhood exists between those who have battled a chronic disease or undergone chemotherapy. They know one another's pain, numbness, and exhaustion. They smile at one another when they meet in the hallway or while blood is drawn because they can relate and because they know. And here he shares his story with "kin," those who, like him, have no choice but acceptance.

    He still experiences times of pain, confusion, and sadness on his journey to wellness, but he also feels renewed and reborn spiritually. Here he reveals that he has chosen the way of faith and God because he knows of no other way that brings peace and gives him a reason to go on. He has opted to embrace his disease and its treatment--but not by himself alone. As he says, "My arms are not big enough or strong enough for the battle." He believes, however, that the arms of God are big enough to encircle both him and his disease.

    This is a beautifully told story of struggle and pain, but ultimately of peace and acceptance, a wonderful resource for all who are facing chronic illlness and its treatment.

    Facing Cancer with God's help

    Facing Cancer with God's help

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    We all need God's help, but that need is most keenly felt at times when we are suffering and are afraid. A life threatening illness placed Jeanne Martin on a personal journey that led her to a closeness with God that gave her hope, taught her to trust, and filled her with peace. Jeanne shares her story in Facing Cancer with God's Help.

    Jeanne lost her battle with cancer in February 2004, in this new, memorial edition Jeanne's sister includes an epilogue about her last days and how Jeanne's courage at the end gave her family the strength, and faith, they needed to move forward.

    Fly While You Still Have Wings

    Fly While You Still Have Wings

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    In this heartfelt memoir about her mother Hildas final years, Joyce Rupp shares the lessons her mother taught her, especially to fly while you still have wings. As a poor farmers wife and the mother of eight living on rented land in Maryhill, Iowa, Hilda lived a life of hard labor and constant responsibilityfrom milking cows and raising chickens to keeping the farms financial ledger. Rupp shows how the difficulties of her mothers early years and family life, including the loss of a twenty-three-year-old son, forged a resilience that guided her through the illnesses and losses she faced in later years. This affectionate profile of their relationship is, at the same time, an honest self-examination, as Rupp shares the ways she sometimes failed to listen to, accept, and understand her mother in her final years.
    For Those Who Grieve

    For Those Who Grieve

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    Grief, like a fingerprint, is unique to every person. The circumstances that cause grief are particular -- losing a loved one; losing a job or home; losing trust or a dream -- and can develop suddenly or over a long, painful period of time.

    When we grieve, we all long for light in the dark places. We need a light to warm our hearts when they are chilled by grief. For Those Who Grieve includes 22 brief devotions and prayers, drawing on the saints, Scripture, and modern reflections to encourage readers to turn to God each day and find the light of hope, healing, and wholeness.

    Part of the Companion in Faith series.

    Grief - Finding Hope in Sorrow [Alive in the Word - Little Rock Scripture Study - Seasons of Our Lives]

    Grief - Finding Hope in Sorrow [Alive in the Word - Little Rock Scripture Study - Seasons of Our Lives]

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    Loss comes to each of us, without fail. Scripture can serve as a companion to us in the grief we bear and ultimately in our surrender to our compassionate God. Through this set of insightful reflections on the stories of Ruth and Naomi, the death and raising of Jesus' friend Lazarus, and the promise of a new heaven and earth, Laura Kelly Fanucci invites us to a deepening experience of God's healing presence in our lives.

    Grief Observed, A

    Grief Observed, A

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    A classic work on grief, A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moments," A Grief Observed an unflinchingly truthful account of how loss can lead even a stalwart believer to lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and the inspirational tale of how he can possibly regain his bearings.

    Grief of Dads Support and Hope for Catholic Fathers Navigating Child Loss

    Grief of Dads Support and Hope for Catholic Fathers Navigating Child Loss

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    For a variety of reasons--including cultural norms, a man's traditional role in the family, and lack of support--a father's grief often fades into the background when his child dies. The Grief of Dads was written by Catholic fathers just like you who have lost a child at any age and from any circumstance. These dads offer the support, spiritual guidance, and companionship you need as you make your way through grief.

    The Grief of Dads is an important resource to help you know that you are not alone and to work through loss and the upheaval of deep grieving with help from men who have been there, too.

    Authors Patrick O'Hearn and Bryan Feger, along with Ryan Breaux of Red Bird Ministries--an organization that guides individuals and couples through the trauma of losing a child--want to normalize conversations about men's grief.

    Drawing on the richness of the Catholic faith, they offer stories from the men in the Bible and from male saints who knew the pain of losing a child and yet found hope and healing in God. The authors share their own stories and the experiences of seven other fathers who lean on their faith and seek healing with help from the sacraments, the Bible, fellow Catholics, and the devotional practices of the Church.

    The book includes resource lists, journaling space, prayers, spiritual reflections, and letters of spiritual support, as well as guidance for friends, family, and pastors of grieving fathers. Kelly Breaux, cofounder and president of Red Bird Ministries, wrote a chapter for wives as well.

    Grief Unveiled

    Grief Unveiled

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    With new chapters. Previous ed. published in 1999.
    Grieving the Loss of a Loved One: Daily Meditations

    Grieving the Loss of a Loved One: Daily Meditations

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    "Grief is like a long valley, a winding valley where any bend may reveal a totally new landscape." C.S. Lewis

    Lorene Duquin, an experienced grief counselor was no stranger to understanding and explaining grief, and had helped many people work through it.

    But when she lost her mother she found herself living in an entirely new space.

    Grieving the Loss of a Loved One contains 52 powerful, one-page meditations that will help you work through the various aspects of grieving as they did for Lorene herself. The meditations are wide-ranging: they are deeply personal, but yet they address the emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, and social aspects of grief. Rooted in prayer, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and conveying important life lessons, each meditation features:

  • A quote from a well-known figure that speaks to the meditation
  • A brief reflection that expands upon the topic at hand
  • A prayer
  • Sidebar with a timely quote or anecdote

    Walk hand in hand with Lorene and experience the gift of a companion who can walk this painful walk at your side, through this unknown territory, where each passing day seems to reveal a new dimension of pain, loss, confusion but eventually transforms to healing and peace.

  • Grieving Together: A Couple's Journey Through Miscarriage

    Grieving Together: A Couple's Journey Through Miscarriage

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    "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, saves those whose spirit is crushed." (Ps 34:19)

    You might feel, in the days and weeks after a miscarriage, like the Lord is anything but close.

    Laura and Franco Fanucci understand. After struggling with infertility, they miscarried their third child in the first trimester. Later, their twin daughters were born prematurely and lived only a few days. Laura and Franco are here to tell you that, while your miscarriage is a deeply personal loss, you are not alone.

    Grieving Together is written by a couple specifically for couples, understanding that both spouses have experienced a loss and grieve differently. Drawing from Catholic tradition and teaching, Laura and Franco gently guide you through:

  • The physical and emotional experiences of miscarriage -- including help in making the hardest decisions
  • How couples respond to grief -- and how to support each other
  • Turning to family, friends, and the Church -- finding help and support from loved ones and your Church community
  • The future after miscarriage -- where to go from here as a couple
  • Grieving Together is the book the Fanuccis had wished for after their miscarriage. Practical resources include Scripture, prayers, and official Catholic rites. It also speaks to the unique concerns of fathers, and includes many real-life stories from couples in many different circumstances.

    "We are fellow travelers on the road: parents who have suffered significant losses yet have grown in our marriage because of the gifts of our children's lives." -- Laura and Franco Fanucci

    Grieving with the Help of Your Catholic Faith

    Grieving with the Help of Your Catholic Faith

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    Losing a loved one is perhaps the most painful and overwhelming of life's experiences. It challenges you physically and emotionally and raises tough questions about the future -- about where God is in the midst of your pain. Your key to understanding all these issues -- and healing -- is your Catholic Faith.

    Grieving with the Help of Your Catholic Faith gives Catholics a meaningful way to help themselves or others through this challenging time. With personal stories, reassuring prayers, and spiritual wisdom, it provides:

  • An understanding of how grief affects -- and can be lightened by -- the heart, soul, and mind
  • The perspective to sort through difficult physical, emotional, and spiritual feelings
  • Positive ways to deal with sorrow
  • Empowering wisdom for building a stronger faith
  • Tips for providing comfort to adults, teens, and children who are grieving
  • A perfect resource for individuals, grief support groups, clergy, and lay ministers alike, Grieving with the Help of Your Catholic Faith offers comfort, empathy, and inspiration that will be relied upon time and time again.

    Healing After Loss Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief

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    Helping Families Recover from Addiction

    Helping Families Recover from Addiction

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    2021 Illumination Book Awards, Gold Medal: Health/Wellness

    When addiction enters a home, recovery is necessary for the entire family.

    The fear, shame, and stigma associated with addiction can prevent families from discussing and addressing the issues that affect everyone who loves the addict. Jean Heaton knows from personal experience that addiction is best responded to when we address the spiritual and familial dimensions of the disease, in addition to the physical aspects.

    Helping Families Recover from Addiction: Coping, Growing, and Healing through 12-Step Practices and Ignatian Spirituality retells Jean Heaton's journey "working the steps" as a family member of people with addictions. Heaton draws on personal stories and research, including examples from Father Ed Dowling, SJ, spiritual advisor to Bill W., a co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, and others to illustrate the connections between this life-saving program and Ignatian Spirituality. Each chapter ends with reflection points based on Scripture that can help readers as they begin the work of each of the Twelve Steps.

    Story-driven, integrative, and practical, this book can help families heal from the effects of a loved one's addiction and move into a healthy and promising future.

    In God's Hands; Living Through Illness with Faith

    In God's Hands; Living Through Illness with Faith

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    You or someone you love has just been diagnosed with a serious illness. You're in shock, you're terrified, and your head is spinning. What now?

    Take a breath. Help is on the way.

    Throughout In God's Hands, author Maureen Cummings, a cancer survivor and mother of six, gently but candidly guides patients and their families through the life-changing experience of serious illness.

    Sharing practical ideas from her own story, Maureen shows you:

  • You can pray even when you're afraid.
  • You can be grateful even when things seem darkest.
  • You can prepare for what's coming -- good or bad -- with the help of your faith.
  • And much more!
  • Starting today, you or your loved one can find joy, thankfulness, and redemption, and can grow closer to God by placing this illness in his loving hands.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Maureen Cummings is a cradle Catholic, wife and mother of six, and a Secular Franciscan. A homeschooling parent for over 25 years, she now writes from Janesville, WI.

    "In this powerful book, Maureen Cummings shares her own struggle with serious illness and offers spiritual, emotional and practical advice for anyone who has received a difficult diagnosis."

    -- Lorene Hanley Duquin, Author of Fighting Cancer with the Help of Your Catholic Faith

    "Met with an unexpected diagnosis or struggling with accepting a personal crisis? Breath, whisper a prayer, and then immediately pick up In God's Hands by Maureen Cummings. With good humor, practicality, and the real-world perspective of someone who's 'been there, done that', this is a perfect companion for anyone seeking trust amidst trials."

    -- Lisa M. Hendey, Author of The Grace of Yes

    "Maureen Cummings has written the comprehensive survival guide for any person of faith facing a serious medical challenge, either as a patient, caregiver or friend. In God's Hands: Living through Illness with Faith Maureen discusses practical strategies for handling the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of facing a gut-wrenching diagnosis. She shares the ups and downs of her own experience which bring you into the mind and heart of a patient fighting for their life while trying not to lose their soul. Maureen's book belongs in every waiting room of every hospital to help inspire and uplift those who currently find themselves in the trenches of the everyday struggles serious illness present."

    -- Mary Lenaburg, National speaker and writer at MaryLenaburg.com

    "You're never ready when you get that news. Maybe it's that you have cancer. Maybe it's news of a loved one's terminal illness. Maureen Cummings has given us a guidebook for facing the trauma, the sorrow, and the challenges by tapping into the graces and opportunities that the 'new normal' gives us. Whether you're facing the diagnosis or helping someone else, you'll be strengthened by what you find in this book."

    -- Sarah Reinhard, Co-editor of The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion and blogger at SnoringScholar.com

    "This book is a guidebook for those times when an unexpected bad medical diagnosis throws our life into topsy-turvy. I found reading this book very insightful and filled with hope that one can go through such period with grace and hopefulness. This book is a vade mecum (go with me) for not only the patient who is battling life threatening diagnosis, but also for family members, and event healthcare workers. I highly recommend this book to all who may find themselves wondering how to cope in those uncertain times of tough medical journey."

    -- Very Rev. Paul Ugo Arinze, V.F., Pastor of St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church in Janesville, Wisconsin
    Let Yourself Be Loved: Transforming Fear Into Hope

    Let Yourself Be Loved: Transforming Fear Into Hope

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    Let Yourself Be Loved is a book of hope for all who desire love but also fear it. In its pages, readers are likely to recognize feelings within themselves: the part that is longing to be loved; and also fears within themselves: fearing vulnerability, judgment, and loss of control--the part that holds back. In this updated volume, with an additional chapter and prayers, readers will discover a joyful and liberating invitation simply to be loved: to recognize the loving presence of God that is always there unconditionally, ready to embrace and enfold them--despite their fears and resistance. +
    Lord, I Hurt! The Grace of Forgiveness and the Road to Healing

    Lord, I Hurt! The Grace of Forgiveness and the Road to Healing

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    What is forgiveness? How do I know that I've really forgiven someone? How can I forgive myself-and God? Catholic spiritual writer Anne Costa is a reassuring guide who shares her own journey of forgiveness and healing and those of many others with honesty and compassion. In the process, she offers us a road to healing that leads us right into the loving embrace of Jesus. Questions for reflection, healing prayers, and a list of resources are also included."Every one of us faces the challenge of forgiving those who have hurt us. This book is a wise guide that will help many people who have been deeply hurt to be transformed so that they can forgive as Jesus does." -Francis MacNutt, PhD, cofounder, Christian Healing Ministries, and author, The Practice of Healing Prayer: A How-To Guide for Catholics"This is a book full of hope and inspiration, rounded out by practical insights and helpful tools. I look forward to recommending this resource to friends and family in my own life and in our reading community." -Lisa M. Hendey, founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms
    May I Walk You Home? Courage & Comfort for Caregivers of the Very Ill

    May I Walk You Home? Courage & Comfort for Caregivers of the Very Ill

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    Reissued on its tenth anniversary, May I Walk You Home? remains an invaluable resource for professional caregivers and loved ones assisting someone on their final journey home. Accompanied by the experience and empathy of hospice educator Joyce Hutchison and the wisdom and inspiration of best-selling author Joyce Rupp, readers will discover the courage necessary to embrace the struggles and rewards of this final companionship.
    Mending the Heart: A Catholic Annulment Companion

    Mending the Heart: A Catholic Annulment Companion

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    The author, who has been through the annulment process herself, examines the changes Pope Francis has made to help readers discover ways to find hope and healing in the midst of heartbreak.
    Now and at the Hour of Our Death Third Ed

    Now and at the Hour of Our Death Third Ed

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    Preparing for your own death removes a great burden from your loved ones who will be suffering deep sadness upon your death.

    Preparing ahead of time will let them grieve without worrying whether they are fulfilling your wishes, and it may prevent conflict among family members. This booklet is a hopeful, prayerful, and practical guide that will help you record your wishes for the end of your life and funeral. It provides space for recording information regarding DNRs, living wills, and finances. It will guide you through the consumer information for funerals, while also providing theological reflections on the Catholic funeral liturgy, so you can select the Scripture readings and music you would like to be offered at your own funeral. This booklet is grounded in Catholic teaching and will help you make arrangements that reflect your faith in Christ.

    Nursery of Heaven Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss

    Nursery of Heaven Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss in the Lives of the Saints and Today's Parents

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    Miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss happen more often than we realize, leaving many to suffer in isolation. Nursery of Heaven is a companion to help those grieving from child loss as they search for comfort and meaning. Not only will couples be able to relate to the experiences from saints such as Louis and Zelie Martin, Gianna Molla, and Servant of God Chiara Corbella Petrillo, they will also receive hope and consolation in their sufferings from parents who have suffered a similar loss. Along with such beautiful prayers as Blessing of Parents After a Miscarriage or Stillbirth, the Order for the Naming of an Infant Who Died Before Birth, and various Novenas, this book also provides practical wisdom for our pastors, family and friends to help those who are grieving their child find healing.
    Restoring Trust: A Couple's Guide to Getting Past Porn

    Restoring Trust: A Couple's Guide to Getting Past Porn

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    While pornography is the fastest growing epidemic in America, there is hope for couples suffering from this problem. Licensed clinical therapist Dr. Peter C. Kleponis, Ph.D., examines this issues, educates Catholics on the epidemic, and presents a plan to help heal and restore marriages that have been damaged by pornography addiction.
    Stars At Night

    Stars At Night

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    "An apprenticeship with the night is an inheritance I would wish for everyone." Paula D'Arcy was only 27 when a drunk driver killed her husband and young daughter. But in the midst of her crushing despair, and to her complete amazement, she discovered a presence within her that responded to her fearful cries for help. Her anguished heart was met by a great tenderness and wisdom, which she grew to recognize as a transcendent love. Over time--knowing that pain was not the final say and did not have absolute power--she was able to find her way back to the light.

    At some point, we all find ourselves navigating a "dark night." The feeling of being blindsided by life, disoriented, lost and alone, is common to the human journey. Beyond the loss of loved ones through physical death, darkness may arise when we feel disillusioned, or when we confront unexpected illness, both mental and physical. We may face the dark if we suffer the loss of a job, or the loss of faith. It is a shadow lurking in the depth of addiction, and we know it in the times we feel betrayed and when we are abused. The pain of divorce, the realities of aging, the death of our particular dreams... these all evoke the dark. It wears many faces and names. Each experience has the potential to alter the way we look at ourselves and the way we think about life.

    In this captivating new work, D'Arcy begins with her own personal experience of loss and brings the reader with her, explaining how the enveloping darkness eventually began to lift, how night slowly became day again, and how she came to recognize the experience as a natural part of life. Anyone who has experienced great loss, or who has felt lost in the darkness, will gain new hope from The Stars at Night.

    The audio edition of this book can be downloaded via Audible.

    Today Someone I Love Passed Away

    Today Someone I Love Passed Away

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    The great mystery of death and what happens when we die is perplexing for adults, but is even more bewildering for children.  This book provides a Catholic understanding of death and salvation, the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, the Last Viaticum, and presents it in such a way that children and their parents will cherish.  

    Walking Home Together Spiritual Guidance & Practical Advice for the End of Life

    Walking Home Together Spiritual Guidance & Practical Advice for the End of Life

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    128 pages

    5.5” x 8.5”

    Very few books address this sensitive subject, and none do so more beautifully than Mike Mercer’s tender and practical guide. In the tradition of Nouwen and Rolheiser, he offers thoughts, practices, stories, and prayers that can bring comfort and strength for those in their final season of life. Where will I find love right now? How is my death a gift for others? How can I cope when I’m so afraid? Mercer explores these difficult questions as well as practical considerations like advance directives as he helps readers immerse themselves in the powerful love of the Good Shepherd, who always walks this journey with us.

    Publisher: Twenty Third Publications

    Water Bugs and Dragonflies

    Water Bugs and Dragonflies

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    How can we answer the many questions young children have about death?

    Doris Stickney and her minister husband were looking for a meaningful way to explain to neighborhood children the death of a five-year-old friend -- an explanation that would satisfy not only the children but adult minds as well. While they were preparing for the child's memorial service, the fable of the water bug that changed into a dragonfly came to mind.

    "Water Bugs and Dragonflies" tells the story of a small colony of water bugs living happily below the surface of a quiet pond. Every so often one of them climbs up a lily stalk and disappears from sight, never to return. Those left behind are faced with the mystery of figuring out what has become of them.

    Revealing the "miracle that makes shiny dragonflies out of ugly bugs", this graceful story reminds us that God has given us the means of transforming our metaphorical selves into dragonflies capable of winging off contentedly into a new world. Recognizing that "the old answers will not satisfy today's children", Stickney presents instead a simple, wise tale that illuminates a difficult reality without pretending to contain all the answers.

    This bona fide bestseller -- more than 150,000 copies have been printed -- is presented here in a deluxe gift edition, including newly rendered full-color illustrations. Set in large type so that young readers can enjoy it themselves, Water Bugs also includes accompanying information that offers the author's own insights for explaining how adults can effectively assist children in coping with death.

    We were going to have a baby but, we Had an Angel Instead

    We were going to have a baby but, we Had an Angel Instead

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    A new book from the author of "When Hello Means Goodbye." Created especially for children who are suffering the loss of their families pregnancy.
    When a Child You Love is Grieving

    When a Child You Love is Grieving

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    Comforting a person who is grieving is never an easy task. When that person is a child the task becomes all the more difficult. As adults we worry about saying and doing the right thing, and too often we give the child quick answers instead of the support they really need.When a Child You Love Is Grieving takes a different approach to helping a child grieve. As a widely recognized grief specialist, Harold Ivan Smith explains that quick answers are not what children need when they are grieving. They need support, and most of all they need to be allowed to grieve - for as long as it takes. With an ABC-like approach, Smith offers insights and activities for the parent, teacher, or friend-anyone who loves a child and wants to offer his or her support. Chapters such as 'ANSWER honestly and accurately'; 'BE Alert to the needs of the sensitive child'; and 'CREATE a collage' suggest logical thinking skills and actual steps you can take to insure that the child is receiving the healthy and necessary outlets he or she needs to grieve.
    Winter of the Heart: Finding Your Way Through the Mystery of Grief

    Winter of the Heart: Finding Your Way Through the Mystery of Grief

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    We can't really prepare for grief. The only experts on grief are those who have survived it and then helped others do the same.

    Retreat leader, former psychotherapist, and bestselling author Paula D'Arcy is one of those experts. In Winter of the Heart, she shares her life's work, accompanying you through seasons of grief and the emotions that come with the loss of a loved one or after other major changes in life.

    Winter of the Heart is a companion for anyone early in grieving process--for the person experiencing shock, emotional pain, an inability to move, guilt, intense anger, and a range of other emotions that might be new to you.

    D'Arcy lost her young husband and toddler in a violent car accident more than four decades ago. She understands your grief and can also help you look to what's on the other side--hope, acceptance, recognition that what you are experiencing is both common and unique, and the essential counsel that you need not ever "get over it."

    Winter of the Heart is for those who mourn the death of a loved one, but it is also for counselors and pastoral ministers. You'll find D'Arcy's words relevant for other occasions when mourning can be painful, including the end of a marriage, job loss, and other major life changes.