Turning Tragedy Into Hope

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It was 3:12 a.m. when Cindy Curtis Johnson and her husband, Glenn, got the knock on their front door that every parent dreads: their son, Brandon, was dead. Brandon died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound only hours after he and Cindy had what she describes as a wonderful conversation on the phone. In the days and months that followed, Cindy was forced to reexamine everything in her life: her experiences, her relationships, her assumptions about God’s plans for her, and her ...

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Turning Tragedy into Hope: Becoming the Person You Never Even Imagined You Could Be

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It was 3:12 a.m. when Cindy Curtis Johnson and her husband, Glenn, got the knock on their front door that every parent dreads: their son, Brandon, was dead. Brandon died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound only hours after he and Cindy had what she describes as a wonderful conversation on the phone. In the days and months that followed, Cindy was forced to reexamine everything in her life: her experiences, her relationships, her assumptions about God’s plans for her, and her dreams for the future.

In this searingly honest book, Cindy reveals how Brandon’s death has helped her make sense of her life, from being teased by classmates when she was a child to her difficult relationship with her mother-in-law. With God’s help, she has also found the courage to face the darkest feelings, the ones we try to avoid, such as guilt—why didn’t she insist that Brandon see a therapist?—and anger—where were her friends and family members when she needed them most?

As a professional, Cindy knows that this process can empower anyone suffering from loss. She doesn’t stop there, though. She not only illuminates a path that will help you understand tragedy’s place in your life, but also encourages you to use this time to think seriously and specifically about the person you want to become now. Join Cindy on her journey of healing and hope as you identify God’s plan for you.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781462712076
  • Publisher: Lifeway Christian Resources
  • Publication date: 12/13/2011
  • Pages: 124
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.29 (d)

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  • Posted January 21, 2012

    An empowering book from a very personal perspective

    This is an empowering book from a very personal perspective. I salute the author for being so intimate as one who is a survivor of loss by suicide. It was insightful, challenging, informative and painful at times. Within the past two years I have lost a brother to suicide & my father from a heart attack, my life as I knew it will never be the same. I found the questions at the end of each chapter with blank pages to journal my thoughts & feelings especially helpful and healing. Many wounds of hurt & anger were allowed to come to surface which I found surprisingly therapeutic and freeing to recognize and acknowledge. I believe that any person in the grieving process will find beneficial and practical help with Biblically based encouragement for their hearts. It takes the reader through the process and stages of grieving and is an excellent resource for helping you see life with greater clarity. It enables you to focus on letting go of trivial stuff we so often stress about and start appreciating the life we are given. I have purchased several more copies to share with family members & one for my church library.

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  • Posted January 21, 2012

    A must read over & over again!

    This is an empowering book from a very personal perspective. I salute the author for being so intimate as one who is a survivor of loss by suicide. It was insightful, challenging, informative and painful at times. Within the past two years I have lost a brother to suicide & my father from a heart attack, my life as I knew it will never be the same. I found the questions at the end of each chapter with blank pages to journal my thoughts & feelings especially helpful and healing. Many wounds of hurt & anger were allowed to come to surface which I found surprisingly therapeutic and freeing to recognize and acknowledge. I believe that any person in the grieving process will find beneficial and practical help with Biblically based encouragement for their hearts. It takes the reader through the process and stages of grieving and is an excellent resource for helping you see life with greater clarity. It enables you to focus on letting go of trivial stuff we so often stress about and start appreciating the life we are given. I have purchased several more copies to share with family members & one for my church library.

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  • Posted January 21, 2012

    A must read over & over again!

    This is an empowering book from a very personal perspective. I salute the author for being so intimate as one who is a survivor of loss by suicide. It was insightful, challenging, informative and painful at times. Within the past two years I have lost a brother to suicide & my father from a heart attack, my life as I knew it will never be the same. I found the questions at the end of each chapter with blank pages to journal my thoughts & feelings especially helpful and healing. Many wounds of hurt & anger were allowed to come to surface which I found surprisingly therapeutic and freeing to recognize and acknowledge. I believe that any person in the grieving process will find beneficial and practical help with Biblically based encouragement for their hearts. It takes the reader through the process and stages of grieving and is an excellent resource for helping you see life with greater clarity. It enables you to focus on letting go of trivial stuff we so often stress about and start appreciating the life we are given. I have purchased several more copies to share with family members & one for my church library.

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