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Times of Tragedy and Moments of Grace Paperback – August 21, 2009

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ISBN-13: 978-1432746162 ISBN-10: 1432746162

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (August 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432746162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432746162
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,635,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rev. Dr. John F. Baggett is a graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He holds a Masters in the Anthropology of Religion and a Ph.D. in Psychiatric Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has served United Methodist pastorates in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Chicago, and has been a frequent lecturer in Theology, Biblical Studies, and Anthropology. In mid-life he was called to a new ministry on behalf of mentally ill persons and their families. Dr. Baggett has served as the Executive Director of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of North Carolina and as the Director of The North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. He retired in 2003 to devote himself to research and writing. In addition to numerous mental health and religious articles, Dr. Baggett is the author of Seeing Through the Eyes of Jesus: His Revolutionary View of Reality and His Transcendent Significance for Faith, published in 2008 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing, and Finding the Good in Grief: Recover Joy after a Life Changing Loss published by Kregel Publications April 2013.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J. Good on September 10, 2009
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John Baggett, Ph.D., has brought together three important aspects of his life and faith to explore the intersection of grief and religion. First is his own experience of loss--a movingly told story of the mental illness of his son. To his own encounter with grief he adds several additional stories of the ways other people or families have handled tragic happenings. Second is his knowledge of psychology, especially the dynamics of grief. And the third is his profound faith, a faith that has been molded and deepened by the devastation of his son's mental health. Those who have endured their own dark night of the soul will find this volume extremely helpful. And those who have not been laid low by loss but who suspect--correctly in most cases-- that their time is coming will also be helped. After reading this book they will be better prepared for the disorientation, anger and readjustment of faith that are part of severe grief. I am confident that this book will reach a large and appreciative group of readers.

Andrew J. (Jack) Good
Author of Emotions and Values: Exploring the Source of Jesus' Strength and Influence (St. Johann Press, 2009).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth G. Gilbert on September 17, 2009
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There are times when every psychiatrist finds that the process of diagnosis and evidence based treatment is suddenly peripheral to a patient's experience of loss. Perhaps it is a conventional loss like the loss of a parent, or the savagery of a natural disaster like Katrina. Perhaps more often in a psychiatrist's practice, it is the rising awareness of a tragedy of a childhood lost to abuse, or an adulthood lost to serious illness. The questions of "why me?" and "Did I deserve this?" take center stage in our work.

There is no chapter on how to confront terrible loss in our standard texts. John Baggett's broad experience has allowed him to assemble a book that engages those questions of ultimate meaning in a way that would allow us to recommend him as a counselor to our patients .. be they already involved in religious thinking or be they totally foreign to the whole idea of life meanings. Times of Tragedy and Moments of Grace carries its readers forward in a way that is honest and comforting without flinching away from the reality of pain. It is a book that belongs on every psychiatrist's bookshelf, ready to offer at a time of such need.
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John Baggett's latest book, Times of Tragedy and Moments of Grace, provides both inspiration and solid resources. This is the book for those who need help in dealing with their own faith in the face of their own or others' tragedy, and for those who would provide comfort and assistance to others. Forget the meringue of simplistic platitudes of of spiritual magic bullets. This is meat-and-potatoes fare to nourish the caregiver and the one in existential distress.
The Introduction begins with Dr. Baggett's own crisis of faith when his teen-aged son, without warning, experienced the onset of schizophrenia. Each succeeding chapter has three parts. It identifies a specific crisis of faith likely to attend a particular response to tragedy. It provides deep insights into the dynamics of that spiritual crisis. And it ends with a profoundly hopeful life story, based on the real lives of real persons known to Dr. Baggett, demonstrating what it looks like to experience that spiritual crisis, to face it rather than run from it, and to come through it with deeper faith.
I recommend the book without reservation to any person of faith seeking a deeper spiritual understanding of what to know and what to do when facing tragedy personally or when trying to help someone else through that experience.
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By David Hilton on September 18, 2009
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John Baggett touches tender places in readers of Times of Tragedy and Moments of Grace. This book fills an important place in addressing issues of hurting people. All will benefit from this engaging and practical writing grounded in real life happenings and positive faith responses. Professional and lay care providers will want to share this book with those experiencing the pain of loss and the need for support.

As a pastor and hospice chaplain I appreciate the meaningful way that profound insights of social science are connected with sound theological and faith understanding. This is a valuable tool for hurting individuals, support groups and church school adult classes. Every reader will identify with the stories of tragic loss and find help and support from the faith resources offered.
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By John Freer on September 13, 2009
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It is a useful, readable, practical and spiritually and psychologically balanced book about every day faith and personal crises, written for and from the crucible of real life and not some "Reality Show". It's the "Real Deal."
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