From One Widow to Another: Conversations on the New You

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"Widow" is one title women do not want to have. Yet, according to the Surgeon General's office, 800,000 people become widows or widowers every year in the United States alone. Every aspect of a widow's existence changes--like it or not, ready or not. These changes add to the emotional roller coaster that most women experience after losing their husband. Miriam Neff understands the ride. As she struggled to understand and accept her new role after her husband's death, she recognized the need for women to hear ...
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Overview


"Widow" is one title women do not want to have. Yet, according to the Surgeon General's office, 800,000 people become widows or widowers every year in the United States alone. Every aspect of a widow's existence changes--like it or not, ready or not. These changes add to the emotional roller coaster that most women experience after losing their husband. Miriam Neff understands the ride. As she struggled to understand and accept her new role after her husband's death, she recognized the need for women to hear from others about their experiences and what helped them transition to this new stage of life. From One Widow to Another offers practical advice for those facing the loss of a spouse. Drawing from her own loss, Neff walks with the reader through practical issues to a sense of encouragement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802487841
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 342,857
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


MIRIAM NEFF is the founder and president of Widow Connection, and has several projects for widows in Africa. Her one minute feature, New Beginnings, is heard on over 1200 outlets. She is author of ten books, including From One Widow to Another: Conversations on the New You, Women and Their Emotions, and a DVD series, One Widow to Another: The Connection That Counts. She is a former high school counselor and teacher and currently teaches a Bible study for widows, Miriam's late husband, Bob, was the former vice president of Moody Broadcasting Network. She is a contributor to MBN's Midday Connection and Chris Fabry Live. She is also an adventurer and a conference speaker. For more information, visit www.widowconnection.com.
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Table of Contents


Section I:  A Widow's Vulnerabilities
Introduction
1. Our Strongest Emotion - Grief, and its Silent Partner, Depression
2. Fear:  Normal in change, but Temporary
3. Finances: Yes, we can.

Section II:  A Widow's Strengths:  The Sweet Gentle Current of Freedom Rising
4. Our Opportunity to Change:  Free Time and Flexibility
5. We Comfort Others and Comfort Comes Back

Section III: Relationships:  Never the Same
6. Friends:  Letting Go and Loving the Real Thing
7. Family:  Healing After the Tree Shakes

Section IV:  The New You:  The New Woman in the Mirror - Different and Strong
8. Finding Yourself:  "I didn't know you."
9. Finding Your Mission:  A Purpose Worth Living For.
10. A New Faith:  God Moves from Good to Grand

Appendix:  Financial Planning Worksheets
Appendix:  Budget Planning Worksheets
Appendix:  How to Start a Ministry to Widows
Appendix:  Seven Tips to Help Widows
Appendix:  Seven Tips for the Holidays

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    Highly recommend

    Beautifully written. A great resource for widows. I highly recommend this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2014

    My husband has been dead 7 months now. I have been reading many

    My husband has been dead 7 months now. I have been reading many books on being a widow. All are different and offer diverse perspectives. I found this book very helpful. Mrs. Neff has already gone down the road of “widowhood” and does an excellent job of lighting the way for others. She very clearly and thoroughly shows you what you might experience, challenges and pitfalls alike. I felt like she was taking me by the hand and walking with me.
    Becoming a widow is something you cannot prepare for; there is no learning curve. The moment your spouse dies you are confronted with learning as you go. There is no right way or wrong way to grieve, it is very personal, but we all have common denominators we will face.
    I found being a widow very confusing. There wasn’t a file I could neatly tuck it into and predict or control what I faced, emotionally or physically. Mrs. Neff’s book brought me not only reassurance but also encouragement in these dark moments. She helped me realize I wasn’t as alone as I felt. Others had gone through this and survived; she herself had made it.
    She showed me there were choices I could make in this new life I had not chosen. One was realizing who in my life I could turn to and depends on to give me guidance and support. She gave me sound advice about finances, that of course drastically change when I was suddenly alone. She covered so many things that I would not have thought of in this fog I am walking through.
    Unlike many books this one dared to approach some positive changes that would come into my life. Yes, positive! I know that is hard to even fathom when you are in such pain. She does not ignore the agony and heartache you are experiencing, as she does talk about it, neither is she negative and morose. Her approach is positive and upbeat without being offensive to a freshly broken heart.
    I found help in glimpsing into the future even though I am not ready to venture there now. Mrs. Neff reminds us the importance of reaching out to others and comforting them as we have been comforted as the Bible speaks of in, 2 Corinthians 1:4, “Who comforted us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
    One of the things I appreciated most of all and made the book so relevant to me was the strong Biblical thread that ran through it. As a Christian that is the only way I am able to approach anything is through God’s Word. My book has many dog eared pages for me to refer back to the parts that were especially helpful. I highly recommend this to any woman who has lost her spouse. Thank you, Mrs. Neff, for this work of the heart.
    I received this book free from the publisher Moody Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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