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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (December 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898705258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898705256
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It will help you make sense of it all and COPE.
Loretta
Groeschel makes these and many other points using his very readable, anecdotal style.
Jackie Tortorella
This book has helped me to realize that God is indeed will always be with us and Fr.
Elsa Ariesanti (ea6a@virginia.edu)

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117 of 121 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
Next to Pope John Paul's SALVIFICI DOLORIS, Fr. Benedict Groeschel's ARISE FROM DARKNESS is another masterpiece. The mystery of human suffering only makes sense through FAITH. This book helped me tremendously when I had to bury two brothers (one killed by a drunk driver) and then my Dad six months later. I could not have preached their funerals had it not been for this book. My faith as a Christian and as a Catholic Priest was enhanced by Fr. Groeschel.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Tortorella VINE VOICE on October 21, 2005
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Arise From Darkness remains Fr. Benedict Groeschel's most famous book, and rightly so. It is not just for people who are grieving. It's a course on how to maintain equilibrium no matter what life throws your way, through cultivating trust in God. Most people become angry with God when something dear is taken from them. Asking "why" is not useful. It's a common kneejerk reaction to adversity, but it has never helped one person yet to recover from loss or to turn the corner on depression. The question to ask is "how?". When things happen beyond our control, we have to acknowledge that we never were in control to begin with. Understanding God's ways is not achievable...what we can achieve is the peace of mind that comes with trust. Trusting God and praying no matter how we feel will increase our faith and build up even more trust. This is life transforming. Fr. Groeschel makes these and many other points using his very readable, anecdotal style. I've given this book to quite a few people for different reasons. When I read it myself I had no loss I was dealing with, but simply couldn't miss any of this remarkable priest's books...all of them are enriching. I heartily recommend Arise From Darkness.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2004
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I have been reading Father's books and viewing his videos for 20 years now. He never disappoints! Having met this wonderful man in person (what a sense of humor, and what profound insight into the human condition), I can tell any potential reader that he or she will receive many blessings and consolations from the man's wisdom.
My husband and I recently used this particular book as part of our Lenten reading. What an awesome book to share! I think some of the best attributes of this book are when Father shares stories of his own personal experiences as well as other people with whom he interacts. That empathy is always there.
I also recommend his SPIRITUAL PASSAGES, HEALING THE ORIGINAL WOUND, and his videos ON THE ROAD TO GOD (how to overcome some stumbling blocks to our faith) and THE GATES OF HELL (about the media and its influence on faith). With good reason, he was named in 1999 as one of the 100 most outstanding Catholics of the century.
If you ever have a chance to meet him in person, do so. You will come away blessed in so very many ways. Sadly, he recently had an accident, so is now recuperating. His order's website is: [...]
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By wmwal@aol.com on July 2, 1999
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This is the first book Ive read of Fr. Groeschel's. I am deeply impressed. In everyday, easy to understand language, he hits right into the heart of reality. Life is not peaches and cream, and this is not a negative confession, it is reality that comes with maturity. Though it is easy to read, it is deeply spiritual. And I like that he hits in several diverse situations in life: death of loved ones, loss of a job, financial insecurities, problems in relationship to the church, etc. there are constant reminders through out that as christians, we look first at the cross, and at our Lord who is always with us in everything we go through, just as He promised. This book makes me want to read his others!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Watson on April 20, 2006
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This book has a message for everyone. Maybe you are currently going through a hard time or you know someone who is. Or maybe you have in the past and you fear that you may have to again in the future. Regardless of where you currently are on your path, you will find hope in the message this book provides.

Fr. Groeschel gives us advice on how to handle things such as death, failure of the Church and friends, self-destruction, and what to do when it seems like everything is falling apart all at once.

At the end of each chapter, Fr. Groeschel includes a little prayer for the reader to say and to reflect on. Also, he includes an index of prayers at the end of the book.

I will be purchasing this book for all of my close friends and family because I feel it's an item everyone should have on their shelf. It provides a safe haven when you are feeling down and it reminds you that God's grace is always amongst you.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Elsa Ariesanti (ea6a@virginia.edu) on December 6, 1998
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Love it! I got this book when I was in my lowest point of my life. This book has helped me to realize that God is indeed will always be with us and Fr. Groeschel is an excellent writer; the personal stories and insights are a joy to read. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to fall in love with God even more and virtually anyone!:)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "Rocky Raccoon" VINE VOICE on October 15, 2006
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Fr. Benedict Groeschel is a perceptive speaker and writer. His deft understanding of psychology and spirituality make a synthesis that is illuminating and understandable. No mere intellectual, he gives a wealth of examples for every topic he pursues. 'Arise from Darkness' gives clear treatment for the darker mysteries of life: death and suffering. Like other gifted authors, he takes the drudgery of the hardest aspects of life and delivers his audience with explanations and anecdotes providing meaning and healing. He doesn't ever back down from his topic. Even the captions and chapters tell a great deal of the story: "When Our Security Is Threatened," "When the Church Lets Us Down," and "When Death Robs Us". He is as direct as you can get. He has several honest diagnoses, including "We are afraid to live, and even more afraid to die." Insightful and ruggedly pedestrian, Fr. Groeschel and his book can help us live up to his title and "Arise from Darkness".
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