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A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss Hardcover – December 30, 2004
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About the Author
Jerry Sittser is Professor and Chair of Theology at Whitworth University. He holds a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a doctorate in the history of Christianity from the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books, including A Grace Disguised and The Will of God as a Way of Life. Married to Patricia, he is the father of three children and two step-children, all grown.
- Item Weight : 10.5 ounces
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0310258952
- ISBN-13 : 978-0310258957
- Dimensions : 1 x 1 x 1 inches
- Publisher : Zondervan; Enlarged edition (December 30, 2004)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I harvested a baker's dozen foundational life-responses from this book. Here is one of them to whet your appetite to buy it for yourself. "Loss is like the fading light at sunset. We can frantically chase the loss by running west in our futile attempt to outrun the darkness. Or we can accept and embrace the loss of daylight, turn east and plunge into the darkness with rising expectations focused on the new dawn of tomorrow (transition). Take ownership. We have the power to face the dawn and to be transformed by this experience."
In the last few years, I haven’t read many books dealing with suffering or loss, but as I was looking over my bookshelf at home, I happened across a little book by Jerry Sittser, A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss. I had previously read another of Sittser’s books and I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t prepared for this book.
A Grace Disguised is, in a word, stunning. Based in his own experience of profound loss—his mother, wife, and daughter were all killed by a drunk driver—Sittser explores loss of a gut-wrenching level. When I began reading, I told my wife that with each page, I was on the verge of tears. The book opens like this: “Catastrophic loss wreaks destruction like a massive flood. It is unrelenting, unforgiving, and uncontrollable, brutally erosive to body, mind, and spirit.” The author never shied away from the many ways in which this loss affected him.
Though every page carried its own value, his chapter on forgiveness is phenomenal. My master’s thesis dealt with forgiveness and oh that I had this book then. From here on out, when anyone is looking for readings about forgiveness, this will be the book I recommend. Sittser’s understanding of forgiveness, crafted not in an ivory tower, but in the fires of loss.
A Grace Disguised is one of the most beautiful, painful, and engaging books I have ever read. I read a lot of books and this is a book that will get my highest endorsement. If you are someone who has experienced tragedy, loss, or suffering, I cannot recommend another book as strongly as I recommend A Grace Disguised.
I am sure we have given away dozens if not scores of copies of this book in the years since; most recipients have told us it has also become their favorite book on processing loss.
Top reviews from other countries
To read how Jerry chose to enter into the pain, instead of avoid or deny, despite this being so painful, is something that challenged me to consider the choices I have face and will one day face as none of us cannot avoid loss.
This was not a depressing book but a hope-filled book with the grace of Christ flowing through it as a thread. I shall definitely recommend it to others.
It was months later before I returned to reading this book but everything that I read helped me. My favourite quote from the book is “I did not go through pain and come out the other side; instead, I lived in it and found within that pain the grace to survive and eventually grow.”
I write in more detail about how God ministered to me through these words in this blog post: https://victoriawhyte.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/brokenness/
This book has helped beyond measure. So often one experiences so many feelings and thoughts, its amazing to be able to totally relate to another person who has been there and willing to share his whole self with his readers, .... and then find out you are not going crazy, these emotions are real. My heartfelt sympathies to Jerry and his family, and my huge appreciation for this book. Oh the pain you have gone through, to help others like myself, just a simple word, "Thank You"
DO NOT MISS OUT PLS READ THIS BOOK!!!!
It rang such true bells when my dear husband died suddenly some 30+ years ago
Still very useful-have given it to a dear friend who is struggling mightily after the sudden death of her son in a cying accident earlier this year
She has already told me how useful the contents are
Jerry has outlined and discussed feelings and his journey with such precision
A very useful book for those who need comfort that they are not alone in their grief.