Love Letters from the Edge: Meditations for Those Struggling with Brokenness, Trauma, and the Pain of Life

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Meditations offering practical hope through biblical expressions of lament and God's relentless, unconditional love for the hurting

Millions of women in the United States battle with after-effects of suffering so great they’ve developed post-traumatic stress disorder—the same suffering experienced by soldiers who’ve gone through war. Sexual and physical abuse, catastrophic accidents, abandonment, natural disasters, invasive medical procedures, and many other painful and ...

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Overview

Meditations offering practical hope through biblical expressions of lament and God's relentless, unconditional love for the hurting

Millions of women in the United States battle with after-effects of suffering so great they’ve developed post-traumatic stress disorder—the same suffering experienced by soldiers who’ve gone through war. Sexual and physical abuse, catastrophic accidents, abandonment, natural disasters, invasive medical procedures, and many other painful and overwhelming events can trigger symptoms they are little equipped to deal with and hard-pressed to recognize.

Love Letters from the Edge provides a voice for those struggling to express this pain and reveals intimate encouragement for those in desperate need to hear God’s words of love and deliverance. This heartfelt devotional focuses on the profound laments in the book of Psalms. Each meditation begins with a letter from someone in the throes of despair and then offers a tender response to their pain from God’s perspective.

Fresh, honest, and intimate, Love Letters from the Edge will reach readers who never expected to hear good news from where they are and point them toward the hope and healing of Christ.

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Editorial Reviews

Kathie Lee Gifford
"A beautiful, honest, and gut-wrenching book."
Jill Savage
"This book is a gift."
Julie Cantrell
"A message of hope with authenticity and empathy unlike any other."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825443473
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/2014
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 960,943
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Shelly Beach is an award-winning author of eight books, including the Christy Award–winning Hallie’s Heart and ECPA book of the year nominee, Precious Lord, Take My Hand: Meditations for Caregivers. She is a national speaker, delivering a message of hope to thousands of women each year, and writes to an audience of approximately two million readers each month on Caring.com.

Wanda Sanchez is the executive producer of one of the nation’s longest running talk shows, and has over twenty-five years of experience in media, marketing, and publicity. She experienced extensive physical and emotional trauma and has come out the other side. Today, she blogs and speaks about hope for recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder to women and health professionals around the country.

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  • Posted October 4, 2014

    Letters from the Edge is an outstanding book, an incredible dail

    Letters from the Edge is an outstanding book, an incredible daily devotion with related, suggested journaling ideas and prayers. The authors write that people who have survived abuse, neglect, and other crises or tragedies as having PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – in which the actual brain chemistry has changed due to the trauma endured. Going through daily life, those with PTSD encounter “triggers” that remind their subconscious of their initial trauma; these triggers can lead them to unwelcome physical and emotional changes, resulting in a “fight or flight” response. For all who have gone through these traumas and for their loved ones, there is good news. Shelly Beach and Wanda Sanchez, both victors through Christ of abuse, have written Letters from the Edge: Meditations for Those Struggling with Brokenness, Trauma, and the Pain of Life.
    This twelve-week devotional is scripturally sound. After-effects of crises, abuse, trauma, loss, and addiction can wreak havoc on one’s life for years – decades – to come, if untreated by the hands of our Lord. Letters from the Edge is excellent to use in conjunction with groups such as Celebrate Recovery, twelve-step groups, and when seeking Christian counsel. Devotions for many kinds of trauma are included, even for those struggling with the results of their choices that hurt themselves or others. After one has completed the twelve-week format, it can be used continually or as needed.
    I found the daily format beneficial; days in weeks One through Ten begin with a scripture, then a detailed prayer or conversation with the Lord. This conversation is raw, honest, and to the point – these daily conversations with the Lord help the reader open their heart and hurt to dialogue with the One who can bring healing. Following is what the authors could imagine as a response from the Lord, an echo of scripture, His love and grace. “Hope on the Edge” has questions or ideas to consider/ respond to, then “Heart Cry” concludes the day’s reading with petitions for what is needed as a result of what one learns from the day’s reading.
    Weeks Eleven and Twelve begin with a scripture, and a letter as imagined by the authors from the Lord that is overwhelmingly full of His love and acceptance without addressing specific events in the reader’s life. Hope on the Edge and Heart Cry are also part of these days.
    There is a weekend devotion for each of the twelve weeks that suggests an activity of one type or another that helps the reader find healing and a different perspective or way of handling remembrances of the event(s).
    Appendices are essential reading, addressing the nature of PTSD and suggested treatment, assessment, resources, suggestions of addressing with one’s doctor, suggestions for the friends, spouse, and Christian community of the one in recovery. There are several pages of very helpful scriptural affirmations, then a brief section on forgiveness and restoration.
    I applaud the authors for “pulling the covers” from their own feelings and experiences, how they found healing, and pointing to our heavenly Physician who will lead each of us into recovery when and however needed, and graciously is with us each step (and feeling) of the way! I highly recommend this devotional book to anyone who has PTSD, anyone who is a survivor of abuse or neglect, or other trauma or crisis, and those in recovery. I also highly recommend this to anyone in a Christian pastoral ministry or counseling position, lay leaders including Celebrate Recovery and Stephen Ministry who serve those in various crises. It is incredibly helpful – you may want to get additional copies, one for yourself and copies for friends!
    I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

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  • Posted September 6, 2014

    This book is a collection of twelve weeks of meditations.  Each

    This book is a collection of twelve weeks of meditations.  Each week has five daily selections and a weekend feature.  Each daily selection has a Bible verse, a letter to God, a letter from God, questions for reflection and a prayer.  The target audience is people who are facing and/or surviving PTSD, illness, loss, pain and other distress.  While I have not experienced the extreme trauma that the book addresses, I find the letters from God to be excellent encouragement.  I highly recommend this book as both a devotional tool and a ministry tool.  I received a copy from the authors and publisher by way of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted January 14, 2015

    Love Letters from the Edge is a 12 week book of meditations for

    Love Letters from the Edge is a 12 week book of meditations for those struggling with difficulties in life. It is broken down into days and weekends. There are suggestions made to how to creatively document and reflect on the gifts given to us by God- journaling, writing letters, drawing. Throughout the book are reasons for hope and healing. There are documented scripture paasages throughout appropriate to what is being discussed. the book was written by women for women with understanding.
    I recieved the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  • Posted August 22, 2014

    I had the privilege of reading Love Letters from the Edge by She

    I had the privilege of reading Love Letters from the Edge by Shelly Beach and Wanda Sanchez. Where do I begin? What a beautiful book. I don’t believe I have suffered PTSD symptoms per se in my life, but I have many friends who continually suffer on a daily basis. I see their strugglers, I hear their pain, and let’s face it, no one can’t live on this earth without suffering pain to some degree.

    This book spoke right to my woman’s heart…I’m still digesting the soft, perfectly spoken words that seemed to be written just for me. This is a book that I want to share with everyone, but I don’t want to give them my copy (selfishly) because I want to reread it over and over again. I guess I will be getting many copies and giving them as gifts throughout the year instead.

    This book would work great as a Bible study with women who have all suffered in one form or another, would work great to read by yourself and take your time to savor each chapter, or would work well reading it with one or two close friends.

    I received this book for free from BookClubNetwork in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted August 18, 2014

    Beautifully composed! This 12-week devotional program is wri

    Beautifully composed!




    This 12-week devotional program is written by women for women. Both authors suffered atrocities as children. Victims of post traumatic stress disorder and its influences on the body, mind and spirit, have inspired this beautifully composed book of daily devotions in the form of letters to God, and God's letters in response. Scripture appropriate to the message is presented at the beginning of each day's reading with a time for reflection and prayer at the conclusion of the days letters. Weekends are times for reflection, journaling, drawing, or in some way working through the messages from the previous week.




    The daily messages are loving and reassuring as the scripture reveals God's acceptance and assurance to those who have suffered great losses or trauma in their lives. This book is an answer to prayer for women plagued with the aftermath that trauma, loss, abuse, etc., have left in their lives. The first appendix describes and answers questions regarding post traumatic stress, and common therapies. Further appendices offer helpful resources, and scriptural affirmations that I personally found to be excellent daily verses to apply in my own life. This is an impressive approach to guiding women through the most difficult situations in a positive and hopeful Christian approach. I highly recommend "Love Letters from the Edge!" This would make an excellent gift.




    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Book Fun's For Readers Only program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

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  • Posted July 22, 2014

    There will be a letter in this book for everyone. You will find

    There will be a letter in this book for everyone. You will find at least one letter you can relate to, but I am sure you will find more.

    It’s obvious that Shelly and Wanda have a heart for women to find healing, this is my heart’s cry as well, so I very much appreciate the work they are doing.

    This book actually reminded me how I used to connect with Jesus and since then I have gotten back to a very intimate place with my Savior.

    My only suggestion might be to make the letters more general. Some of them were very issue specific, even using names of people that must have been in Shelly or Wanda’s life. I found myself skipping over the letters that had nothing to do with me. I think the wounds that were brought up need to be prayed over, however, I would’ve like to see it more general and without anyone’s name who I didn’t know, I found that distracting.

    With that being said, this is a very powerful book and maybe this is a book you purchase and then share with others, maybe even mark the letters for the person you share it with and ask them to pass it on. As I read I kept thinking who I could pass my book on to.

    A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted July 19, 2014

    One thing we are promised is that in this life we will have tria

    One thing we are promised is that in this life we will have trials. This book offers readers a source of encouragement to meditate on during those painful times. It is based in Scripture and focuses readers' attention on God, who can heal all wounds.

    My favorite thing about this book is that it is easy to use and offers readings on many different situations. It isn't necessarily a book that one would read straight through. Instead, I think it is nice to skip around and find readings based on what situation you might be experiencing at a given time. Not all reading will apply to everyone, but the message from each one can.

    The length of each reading was perfect. They immersed readers in a situation, offered questions to meditate on, and ended with a prayer. I think it is a great book that could benefit many people.

    If you are looking for an encouraging book to support you in the struggles of this life, this is a great choice!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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