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Letters to Grief Kindle Edition
I shudder to refer to you as “dear.” Yet you have been with me for so long that you have become a part of me, which I suppose entitles you to this term of affection, though my heart grants it unwillingly.
You are an enigmatic and elusive creature, a chameleon, changing color with habitat and season. Some say you pass with time, like grains of sand sifting through my fingers, no longer resting in the safety of my palm. Others say you are a process, as if by accomplishing twelve prescribed steps I could graduate from your possession and be free of you. But you are not a process. You do not pass, at least not in this lifetime.
You dwell with me — in me — but you are not my master. You roam on a leash, tethered by the One who owns you. You haven’t always been here, and one day you’ll disappear, for there’s only one Alpha and Omega. One beginning and one end, and you are neither.
You will not win, nor overcome. You’ve already been subdued and defeated, for “death has been swallowed up by victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54). A day is coming when you’ll be deemed redundant and your crown obsolete. On that day, O Grief, you will no longer be called “dear” . . . nor even a distant memory.
Unfortunately, grief is not a 12-step process. It may contain five or more general stages, but even these stages are rarely a linear process. Grief is far more often a cyclical journey, like the stages of the moon. Always present, but not always visible.
Since everyone endures loss in their own way, this collection of nine reflective letters to grief personified is descriptive, not prescriptive. Letters to Grief offers readers encouragement and hope to deal with loss and grief in the midst of their own unique circumstances. Readers are invited to reflect on their personal grief experience by writing in the journaling pages throughout the book.
- ASIN : B00QG5YD6U
- Publisher : Kate Motaung (December 1, 2014)
- Publication date : December 1, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1266 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 30 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,254,120 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In her lyrical prose and vivid imagery, Kate gave the pain locked up inside of me a voice. The Scriptural gems dispersed through each letter also filled me with renewed hope and comfort, each time I lingered. I kept returning to read and reread her beautiful and uplifting words.
Now, in this new format with journaling space, Kate's book offers even more support for the grieving. What I love is that her words don't push you to process in a particular way, nor do they judge you. Rather, they illustrate the very real struggles we all walk through in unique ways, which cannot be pressed into a predictable mould.
As Kate puts it near the end of her book, grief is a strange creature:
"Just when we think we've figured out your routine, you change your patterns, throw a tantrum, learn a new trick. You grow into new phases, develop and change with the pages on the calendar. You clamber underfoot, tugging on pant legs until we trip over you, scold you, and apologize."
I received a preview copy of Letters to Grief from the author.
The author's hope is that my heart would resonate with her sentiments. So poetic, so in-the-heart, so hopeful but also realistic. The author's hope is that through her letters to grieving readers, they would find "encouragement and hope." But I know there's no magic, no shortening of the process of grieving. Time may not heal. But I treasure this grief, as the author does also. I understand it's because God brought into my life a precious daughter whom I love and always will.
Thanks so much, Kate, for sharing your heart. Just by doing that you do bring me hope and a measure of comfort. Our God is using your honesty expressed so movingly, without being maudlin. Thank you.
The best part of this book is the hope woven throughout. In the end, grief will have no hold. Kate faces grief head-on in this book, and yet she knows who will win out in the end. It's a beautiful message of hope and endurance.