Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss

Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss

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by Jerry Sittser
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786286645
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
06/07/2006
Series:
Thorndike Inspirational Series
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
311
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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In the decades since its original release, more than one writer has declared Fairport Convention's Liege & Lief the definitive British folk-rock album, a distinction it holds at least in part because it grants equal importance to all three parts of that formula. While Fairport had begun dipping their toes into British traditional folk with their stellar version of "A Sailor's Life" on Unhalfbricking, Liege & Lief found them diving head first into the possibilities of England's musical past, with Ashley Hutchings digging through the archives at the Cecil Sharp House in search of musical treasure, and the musicians (in particular vocalist Sandy Denny) eagerly embracing the dark mysteries of this music. (Only two of the album's eight songs were group originals, though "Crazy Man Michael" and "Come All Ye" hardly stand out from their antique counterparts.) Liege & Lief was also recorded after a tour bus crash claimed the lives of original Fairport drummer Martin Lamble and Richard Thompson's girlfriend; as the members of the group worked to shake off the tragedy (and break in new drummer Dave Mattacks and full-time fiddler Dave Swarbrick), they became a stronger and more adventurous unit, less interested in the neo-Jefferson Airplane direction of their earlier work and firmly committed to fusing time-worn folk with electric instruments while honoring both. And while Liege & Lief was the most purely folk-oriented Fairport Convention album to date, it also rocked hard in a thoroughly original and uncompromising way; the "Lark in the Morning" medley swings unrelentingly, the group's crashing dynamics wring every last ounce of drama from "Tam Lin" and "Matty Groves," and Thompson and Swarbrick's soloing is dazzling throughout. {|Liege & Lief|} introduced a large new audience to the beauty of British folk, but Fairport Convention's interpretations spoke of the present as much as the past, and the result was timeless music in the best sense of the term. [The CD was also released with two previously unreleased takes of "Sir Patrick Spens" and "The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood."]

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Meet 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.

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Grace Disguised 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Someday I am going to buy a bunch of copies and leave them in starbucks all over in hopes Jerry's book will help others as much as it helped me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sittser shares a deeply personal tragedy with readers, opening up the way for their own healing. He doesn't sugar-coat things, but is very vulnerable and transparent in revealing his pain but also his growth. His main point is that grief and sorrow--suffering--can make us bitter or better, it's OUR choice. By facing the pain and doing the grief work needed with God's help and grace, we can grow and embrace loss, which will only enhance our lives. It's just nice to know we're not alone in our pain, that Sittser has been there, and he does the best thing: he points us to God, to show us that God cries with us and loves us and hasn't punished us with our sorrow/suffering.
kikiCC More than 1 year ago
Thank you, Jerry Sittser. You helped me understand how loss and pain enlarge my soul and make more room for God and his grace. I appreciated the honest look at the question that haunts everybody at some time or other: How can a good God allow evil, especially to those who look to him for safety? And how are we to trust such a God? I have already shared this book with others. Buy it. Read it. Then pass it on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book absolutely transformed my life and my experience of loss. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Since reading it, I have purchased and given away at least a half dozen copies to others. It is phenomenal.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jerry being a minister helped this reader understand and grasp the areas of grief that were hard to "wrap my head and heart around". I found it's OK to experience all the stages at once and over and over. I learned the whole thing about forgiveness, it takes time and will have to be done regularly. Forgiveness is not a once and done thing. A new normal, a new set of skills will be required, and this process takes as long as it takes. There is no method, no timeline, no pressure. I will heal as fast or as slow as I am supposed too. My higher power (God) will be with me the whole time, and will understand my grief waves. Thank you Jerry.
Nancy0628 More than 1 year ago
Jerry Sittser transparently shares his grief in a style that would be difficult, if not impossible, for most of us to express in writing. God used his suffering through immense loss and injustice to help those of us who are have experienced similar pain.
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lindylovesreading More than 1 year ago
This book is life-changing for anyone who has experienced a loss of any kind. Please read it and share it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book inspired me to take back my familys life after we lost our 17 year old son in a single car accident on January 23,2010. Even though we all were experiencing a catostrophic loss each one of us was dealing with it very differently. What Jerry wrote made total and complete sense to me and so grateful I read it soon after our loss. This book carried me just as our families do through this:)
LakeClear8774 More than 1 year ago
I guess that I relate to the story on a few levels. The story has helped me to confirm what I had believed, and has helped me further to understand that I may never understand. And that is perfectly ok.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After the recent death of my soul-mate husband I have read many books on dealing with grief (loss). This is an easy read but so helpful! I've recommended this book to my grief counselor as well as friends dealing with their own loss(es). This book is worth every penny. thank you to the author for being so open/honest and willing to share his journey. God Bless!
AuntStephie More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best book I have ever read on grief and loss--of any kind. I lost my fifteen year old nephew in a tragic car wreck just six months ago. A Grace Disguised author, Jerry Sittser gives an empathetic view about maneuvering through day-to-day life after a traumatic loss and how survival and restoration are possible. Though life is never ever the same, a peace and a grace will come in the space between now and complete healing and reunions in heaven. I believe this is a book that everyone should read at some point in their lifetime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful help through the process of grieving. Written by a man who experienced tremendous loss of his wife, children, and mother in one car accident. It helped me a lot, and also others I have given it to.
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The grieving process is a powerful event in anyone's life. That's why this book would be highly recommended. The author provides an insight to dealing with loss that only someone who has dealt with it can. This is a good book. I'd also suggest that you buy another book called "When God Stopped Keeping Score." It's an intimate look at the power of God and forgiveness. Given the chance, it too will change your life.
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RHSTX More than 1 year ago
Jerry Sittser's story is tragic. He lost his mother, wife, and one of his children to a drunk driver. What makes this book different from the typical "suck it up, be strong, God takes his favorite lambs first, nothing happens unless it's for the good of the body, she's in a better place, God loves you, God has a plan for your live, etc" junk that these books usually try to feed you, Sittser invites you on his journey of pain, anger, questioning, and guilt. He raises his kids as a widower. All of them, father and children alike, question for meaning and gaze to the past. Can real healing ever come after that happens to your life. This book gives a pretty good view and a pretty honest non-apologetic 'answer'. THIS BOOK IS ONE OF THE FEW THAT REALLY TOUCHED AND HELPED ME...
MarleneCO More than 1 year ago
This book is easy to read and understand. It is well written.
BitsBacon More than 1 year ago
I appreciated Dr Sittser's book very much. All, especially those who live a long life, will encounter tragedy--its a part of life. I think his book helps those who have gone through a tramatic loss and can also help prepare those before a loss occurs. This book comes from a Christian perspective and frames Dr Sittser's thoughts. I'm keeping this book... I think a good one to review periodically. I also knew Dr Sittser when he was a chaplain at Northwestern College in the early 1980's. I personnally found to be sincere and authentic individual.
JanieA More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me by someone 30 years younger than myself. I wasn't sure how I'd like it, but found once I started that I wanted to keep reading. The author has a great way of writing with authenticity and honesty of his reactions to tragedy. He doesn't sugar-coat anything or make it trite. Loss is something you don't recover from in that life doesn't return to the way it was, yet he gives hope to get through it and find happiness again. I think it would be good reading for anyone who has encountered a loss. So often we as friends feel limited because we haven't experienced a loss like theirs, but he has, so they can relate to his feelings and accept their own struggles.
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