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Braving Sorrow Together: The Transformative Power of Faith and Community When Life is Hard Paperback – October 3, 2017
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Praise for Braving Sorrow Together
Reading Braving Sorrow Together is like sitting across from the best kind of friend—a friend who has been down the well-worn path of suffering and can listen, empathize, and offer gentle guidance for the journey ahead. If you are walking through your own “weeping years,” Ashleigh’s book will free you to grieve your loss while clinging to the hope that you are never alone in your grief.
Editor of iBelieve.com
Braving Sorrow Together is a healing salve for the hurting heart. Ashleigh’s words offer comfort and hope as they lead you to both trust in and to lean on the Lord for His strength.
Time-Warp Wife Ministries
Braving Sorrow Together is a powerful and practical ministry tool for the community of Christ, especially when its members need comfort and care. This book not only shows us what to do when we don’t know what to say, it encourages us to fight the urge to run from the pain and suffering of others. Instead, we are empowered to forge strong relationships during the not-so-nice times of life, reflecting the gospel as we do. Highly recommended!
Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and New York Times bestselling author of Keep It Shut and Listen, Love, Repeat
Ashleigh hasn’t given us a textbook or psychological treatise on grief—she’s given us an armchair, a tissue, and a listening ear. With each story of loss, she turns us back to the grace of the gospel. Watching her grapple with her own sorrows gives me the courage to explore my own.
Director of Boundless.org and author of The Dating Manifesto
Grief and loss are real. They’re hard and even harder to talk about. But in her beautiful, honest new book Braving Sorrow Together, Ashleigh Slater fearlessly wrestles with the hard questions, the nitty-gritty issues of grief, loss, and mourning. Filled with real-life stories, practical actions, and sound advice, anyone mired in the trenches of loss will find godly direction and wise counsel as they read this book. Ashleigh has walked the path and knows it well. Let her experience guide you and give you hope.
Author of Growing Great Kids: Partner with God to Cultivate His Purpose in Your Child’s Life
Mother of GRAMMY award winning artist Francesca Battistelli
If you are struggling with grief or anxiety, you are not alone. In this book, you will find a kind and honest travel companion in Ashleigh Slater.
Speaker and author of Calm, Cool, and Connected: 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life
Asheigh Slater provides personally vulnerable insights in addressing an important, heartfelt need—the issue of suffering. She examines a wide range of difficult life situations, including relationships, health, work, etc. and shows how faith and community are keys to navigating this season. Braving Sorrow Together provides biblical wisdom, practical application, and true stories that will help you grow through pain and sorrow and embrace God’s best for your life.
Susan G. Mathis
Coauthor, Countdown for Couples and The ReMarriage Adventure
Loss is a dark and painful reality of life in a fallen world. Ashleigh reminds us in Braving Sorrow Together that we don’t grieve our losses alone. We need to brave our sorrows together with our church community, reminding each other that “loss is not a forever part of your story.”
Author of A Heart Set Free and Closer Than a Sister
Ashleigh’s ability to communicate the importance of braving sorrow while reminding us of God’s love is a breath of fresh air. I have no doubt the words on these pages will encourage many who feel alone in their grief.
Cofounder of Learning to Speak Life Books™
As I read Braving Sorrow Together, it truly felt like I was sitting across from Ashleigh sharing moments of togetherness in a conversational way. In a culture where slowing down and acknowledging grief is nearly unacceptable, Ashleigh pulls back the curtain, allowing us to be vulnerable enough to acknowledge the pain of loss. She writes not as a spectator of loss but as a participant, sharing the truth that helped her and practical ways that the reader can come alongside someone who has suffered loss of any kind.
Host of the Surviving Sarah podcast
Braving Sorrow Together is an incredibly helpful and compassionate book for anyone who is hurting or suffered loss. And isn’t that the case for most all of us? So many people go through life experiencing grief, disappointment, and heartache. Yet in spite of this camaraderie of sadness, we feel more alone than ever. Ashleigh Slater brings both hope and practical help to a topic that so many of us feel, but hardly know where to turn. Her book is one that you’ll want to read for yourself, as well as give to a hurting friend.
From the Back Cover
How do you cope when life is hard? Is there a way to grieve so that seasons of loss become seasons of growth?
Braving Sorrow Together: The Transformative Power of Faith and Community When Life is Hard is about where to turn when life is hard. Ashleigh Slater weaves together Scripture, personal stories, and guest entries to comfort the suffering and encourage hopeful grieving. Whether your trials concern health, employment, relationships, or even death, grief can turn into growth when we lean on Christ and others. Braving Sorrow Together provides solace for hard times and advice for getting through them with grit and grace.
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Ashleigh Slater gets it.
Her new book, Braving Sorrow Together, is a beautifully anointed work showing how so many people have come through sorrows like death, miscarriage, job loss, and more, able to share their stories with others.
I’m not a mom, but I love how she explains her journey of becoming a parent and how connected that was to her career. In explaining how she mourned her own career dreams not coming to pass, and coming to terms with how her own worth is more than just what she does for a living, she says:
“I realized that I’d put too much emphasis on my worth being tied directly to my aspirations and the fulfillment of them… I’d strongly believed that… my life would have greater value than it did at home changing diapers and filling up sippy cups with strawberry milk. I came to see that I was wrong.” (page 102)
Her words on this topic are a blessing to people who struggle to understand that their own significance is more than just what they do during their working days. She’s speaking to the self-worth that we all have.
Overall, Braving Sorrow Together is highly relevant and highly recommended.
FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
What I’ve learned from my sorrowful days of when my father-in-law died unexpectedly seven years ago, when Greg and I experienced infertility when we wanted to start a family more than a decade ago, when I walked with my best friend through a hard season in her marriage, and most recently when my grandpa died is that we are better together and the joy does come. Ashleigh captures these mixed emotions and that makes reading her words valuable because we’ve all known sorrow.
This book shares truth Ashleigh learned through her own heartache, includes stories from others, references unchanging Bible verses, and ends with a guide help foster community in your own life.
Written in an extremely warm and personal way that draws you in and is easy to read she shares her own and other's stories in ways that are vulnerable, relatable and helpful. Her style feels like a demonstration of the community she encourages us to seek. However, she doesn't just seek to make you feel better or put an emotional cliche of a bandaid on grief but instead points us again and again to God's word and truth as our only true source of hope.
I especially liked her inclusion of the stories of Leah, Naomi and others, drawing truths and application from their response to seemingly hopeless situations.
I underlined and imagine revisiting this read and can definitely see myself sharing it with others in the future.
Real life friends of Ashleigh's share their stories of loss and experience of community throughout each chapter as well. And, Ashleigh includes biblical accounts which only further deepens the reader's appreciation for not only how common loss and grief are but also how uplifting and sustaining community is throughout seasons of loss.
Beyond welcoming us into a plethora of experiences of loss and grief, one or many of which the reader is bound to relate to, Ashleigh offers sound wisdom and guidance to her reader on ways to walk through such seasons with dignity, courage and grace.
Here are a few gems to whet your appetite for more from Ashleigh's book:
"...today's response to loss shapes tomorrow's me."
"...how we react in the present really does affect who we become in the future."
"...even when life gets hard, God stays good."
"...haphazard grieving results in additional relational carnage, while mindful grieving results in freedom."
**I received an advanced copy of Ashleigh's book to help launch it into the world which I did and do with prayerful anticipation that it will bless all who read it!
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