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Getting Out of Bed in the Morning: Reflections of Comfort in Heartache Paperback – February 12, 2013
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Believe me, you will be changed as you read this book---a book of grief and comfort. Written without easy answers, but with gritty, courageous prayer, wrestling like Jacob with God's angel.
~ Eugene H. Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Recent College, Vancouver, B.C.; translator of The Message
''Getting Out of Bed in the Morning is a safe place to reconcile painful losses; a graceful guide through the uncharted and often complex landscape of grief and loss. Alice's heart whispers an understanding that comes only from one who has tasted consuming heartache yet uncovered the hope of God's sustaining grace.'' --Jo Ann Fore, author, founder of WriteWhereItHurts.org
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"How to Wake Up 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, How to Wake Up 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.
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Alice Wisler has created a new way to look at grief and she has given me a path to heal with soft tenderness. Her imagination that brought this book to us has given me a new world of discovery and joy. She uses the Psalms to soar beyond appearances, visualize what is possible and bring it into a healing form. This book is an exploration into new dimensions of living with grief.
At first I thought that reading Alice's book would make me sad, but to the ocntrary, it was very uplifting. The practical applications and words of encouragement are fitting for anyone who desires a closer walk with the Lord. We purchased a book for a couple who lost their adult son. They had been Christians for a number of years, but after his death, they no longer believed in God because He allowed their son to die; a God who did not answer their prayers. My husband and I believe Alice's book can have a dramatic effect in helping this couple come to grips with the loss of their son and to understand where God stands when we are going through this kind of pain.
Carol Round, author of "Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God," and the companion workbook, "The 40-Day Challenge"
I have witnessed this book bring comfort to many people.I recommend this book to people frequently. The format is perfect because it is broken down in devotional bits. When I am having a really bad day of pain, it is so hard to focus on anything for a long period of time and the short devotions are perfect. This book is not only for those who are grieving, but also for those living with chronic pain.