- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan; Revised edition (December 28, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310266149
- ISBN-13: 978-0310266143
- Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 420 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,897,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Grace Disguised Paperback – International Edition, December 28, 2004
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From the Back Cover
An expanded edition of this classic book on grief and loss---with a new preface and epilogue Loss came suddenly for Jerry Sittser. In an instant, a tragic car accident claimed three generations of his family: his mother, his wife, and his young daughter. While most of us will not experience such a catastrophic loss in our lifetime, all of us will taste it. And we can, if we choose, know as well the grace that transforms it. A Grace Disguised plumbs the depths of sorrow, whether due to illness, divorce, or the loss of someone we love. The circumstances are not important; what we do with those circumstances is. In coming to the end of ourselves, we can come to the beginning of a new life---one marked by spiritual depth, joy, compassion, and a deeper appreciation of simple blessings. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Jerry Sittser (PhD, University of Chicago) is a professor of religion at Whitworth College. He holds a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a doctorate in history from the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books, including When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer and The Will of God as a Way of Life. Gerald L. Sittser es profesor de religion y filosofia en Whitworth College en Spokane, Washington. Ostenta un titulo de maestro en divinidades obtenido en el Seminario Teologico Fuller y un doctorado en historia de la Universidad de Chicago. Es escritor de muchos libros incluyendo. Cuando Dios No Contesta tu Oracion. Y La Voluntad de Dios Como una Salida de la Vida.
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What I like about this book is that it doesn't offer simple steps to dealing with loss. The author helps you identify and grapple with the difficult realities we face in our losses. In the preface to the book Eugene Petterson describes this book as a "companion" for your journey of suffering and loss. That's the way I felt as I read this book. As a fellow journeymen in the path of suffering I felt like I had a wise companion to walk with me and share with me in my loss.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is struggling with loss: loss of a loved one, job, or anything that once was precious to us, and is now no more. Jerry helps you to gain God's perspective in a compassionate and gracious manner. This not a "self-help book," or an "easy answers book." The author writes as a fellow struggler of the harsh realities of the tremendous loss he has faced. However, he also recognizes that all human beings have and will suffer loss and that we all desperately need the grace of God to sustain us. He shares helpful stories, insights, and pearls of wisdom to encourage you with your own losses and how to move forward in grace and truth.
As a result of reading this book you will be encouraged to go deep in the multi-faceted realities of your loss and pain, as well as gain a new perspective of how God's grace is available to help you move forward in your loss. I am grateful for Sittser's vulnerability, transparency, honesty, and amazing insights into the grace of God. He comes across as a friend, a counselor, and an empathizer. It's a serious book, because it's dealing with serious pain. Sittser walks the talk and in the end is a very helpful and gracious guide and companion for your own journey of finding your own disguised grace in your loss.
What makes the book so good is that it is written by a thoughtful person who never offers up cliches. He covers many aspects of suffering, such as questioning God's sovereignty in the face of random evil, dealing with forgiveness, creating a community of suffering, and much more.
His primary thesis is that suffering can lead to spiritual transformation: It is not the presence of loss in one's life that determines his or her joy, but his or her response to the loss.
I highly recommend the book.
Second, in the middle of the pain he had enough knowledge and support to help him think about what he was feeling. Therefore, the he is not just giving his personal reflections, but is taking us to higher lessons that are the truth. His anchor is on the One who is solid and that makes such a huge difference in how we grieve (see 1 Thessalonians 5:14).