Monday, March 25, 2013

Getting Out of Bed in the Morning {Reflections of Comfort in Heartache} by Alice J. Wisler.

Book Description:  Getting Out of Bed in the Morning motivates readers who are facing grief and loss to get out of bed and face a life which, although diminished by unfathomable sadness, still holds purpose and beauty.
Written in devotional format, Getting Out of Bed in the Morning is a companion for those going through sorrow associated with loss--whether brought to the journey through the death of a loved one, failing health, job loss, broken relationships, or weakened family ties. Losses are real and raw; they often make people want to give up, quit trying. Yet, as readers discover how their circumstances can be used to lift hands to God, and in time reach others, they will see how God can use them to be people of encouragement and find beauty once again in a life worth living.
These forty devotionals address the painful hardships realistically, as well as the doubt, worry, and fear that come with them. The pages are packed with tips on how readers should take care of themselves and draw near to God so that healing is possible. Each devotional includes reflection, prayer, and suggestions for those who want to integrate walks into their daily routine.

My Thoughts:  I decided to read this book not because I'm in grief or heartache but because as a pastor's wife I wanted some "inside" information on how to help people going through grief.
I know that sometimes it's hard for us, who have not known devastating grief, how to comfort or help those going through a rough patch in life.
Now, Alice Wisler has know grief and heartache.  She writes encouraging words with scripture to help those in their time of need.
These book is more like a "grief" devotional with a Prayer, a Reflections to Ponder . . . a very encouraging read!
I especially liked the "devotional" on page 111, No Perfect Life.  Sometimes we see people who seem to have it all . . . "Their marriages are intact; their children are healthy.  They've got good teeth, bosses who value them, gardens filled with flowers, loving friends and savings in the bank. Life seems peaceful and easy for them" (p. 111)
We, incorrectly, assume that these types of people have it.all.together!  But when we look closer and get to know these people we see that they are going through some very human rough patches in life.  Be careful not to look on the outside.  Consider that grief hits every human. If you're struggling with getting out of bed every day then you should begin reading this book before you even consider moving your head off the pillow.
This is a wonderful, encouraging read for everyone.  And it would make a great gift for that person who is struggling with grief, sickness or loss of a loved one.
*This book was provided by Leafwood Publishers for review*
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Leafwood Publishers (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891124195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891124191
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches

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