Learning To Jump Again

Learning To Jump Again

by Anthony Weber


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As a pastor and teacher, Anthony Weber tried to help people deal with the grief that accompanied the death of a loved one. In 2003, he experienced that loss for himself when his father, a minister and counselor, died of pancreatic cancer while still in his fifties. Suddenly, Anthony's personal experience challenged his carefully crafted theological understanding of pain and grief.

Anthony had to revisit a lot of big questions that he thought were resolved: Why is life so hard? What kind of God allows this, and why? Why do I feel so disconnected from others? How do I handle the roller coaster of emotions? Why am I now consumed by fear? How should I view the presence of pain in the world? How do I, as a pastor, teach my congregation how to pray when I can't pray anymore? Can I doubt? How long can I cry? And how long will God put up with me?

Learning to Jump Again allows us to grieve at the ripple effect of death, grief, and loss-but not without hope.

"I read Learning to Jump Again straight through-except for the times I had to stop and wipe away the tears. Refreshingly honest, Anthony's insightful and winsome writing style helped me process some of the emotions of my own father's death twelve years ago. I hope this fine book finds its way into the hands and hearts of millions dealing with death and the grief that accompanies it."

Nick Twomey, Founding/Lead Pastor, Bay Pointe Community Church, Traverse City, Michigan

"An unusually candid account of a man of faith wrestling with God through the death of his father. Anthony Weber brilliantly articulates the raw realities of being enshrouded with grief and the struggle to get beyond."

Jacquelyn Kaschel, Mlitt, PNH1, CEIP-MH

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449721305
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 08/04/2011
Pages: 164
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

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Learning to Jump Again: A Memoir of Grief and Hope 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Robert Rose for Readers Favorite From his personal journals concerning his efforts to cope with the unexpected illness and eventual death of his father through pancreatic cancer, Anthony Weber weaves a gut-wrenching, honest sharing of his grief. He explains his withdrawal from his loved ones as he fears that death could again, without warning or logic, take another loved one, his wife, two sons, mother, sister, or some other relative. His father, like his grandfather, was a lay minister who exemplified all the character traits that enabled them to lead others to belief and the comforts, peace, and strength that religious convictions offer for many. They believed in the goodness of people, but were not blind to human frailty and bad choices. He remembers lovingly the times he committed serious errors of judgment or lack of character and how his dad used it as means to teach tolerance and forgiveness and to see errors as teaching and learning opportunities. He takes you through his long journey as he admits his frailties and errors in dealing with others and as he questions God, but his faith remains strong. This is a superb book about dealing with grief, but it is much more! It is a book that teaches the power of faith. For Christians it should be read in conjunction with the Bible. His power as a poet and a writer, and his abundant use of the Bible and other quotations from many sources build a structure to have or increase faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If faced with death or some unspeakable loss....this book is real, honest, and yet points the way....
PatWKirk More than 1 year ago
Anthony Weber lost his beloved father when his father was fifty-five. In Learning to Jump Again, Anthony works out his grief and the blow it struck to his faith. Though a minister, he begins to feel an intellectual, more than a heart belief. People going through grief will recognize similarities with their experiences with loss. The first part of Learning to Jump Again tells a poignant story of his difficulty letting his father go. He talks of helping his sons make sense of it when it made no sense to him. The book covers the time of the death up to five years later. The author includes sermons at the end that were more intellectual essays than the heart-felt grief-work of the first part. Scattered throughout the book, the author includes gray boxes with black text of comments and quotations. I found these boxes hard to read. The book would improve if the gray were lighter or white. In addition, the author might tell the reader where he got the excerpts that aren’t literary. Were they members of his congregation? Facebook comments? Both? If he gave this information, I missed it. I received this book from the author. We have not met. This is an honest review.
dmdk66 More than 1 year ago
As the author of Grief's Untold Stories, I was looking for a book to read that would enhance the boundaries of my own experiences of grief. Learning To Jump Again, did just that. There is a big difference between the news anchor sitting at a desk and the field reporter who is dodging bullets, side-stepping landmines, and crouching under cover as bombs explode overhead. The author holds nothing back. He is seen running from trench to trench, hurriedly, eyeing every angle to see where the next violent attack will be coming from. While in the trenches, he discovers hope too. This is no book for the mild and retreating soul who sidesteps grief at every turn. It is an honest, raw, revealing look at the side of grief that is usually only shared in private, behind closed doors. What I like best about this book is the author's frankness. He doesn't try to pull the wool over your eyes. He doesn't try to act like the super-Christian. The underlining theme of the book is direct openness and honesty with God and with oneself. We can't heal until "true confession" is made. He shares with his readers what the face of grief really looks like. I for one, am thankful for his directness and openness to share the brutal reality of grief. We are reminded that the morning always comes, even after the darkest and most bleakest night!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have ever questioned God for breaking your heart, you should read this book. Weber is painfully honest. He makes you cry, then makes you laugh, all while finding answers to the big questions.
Tyler O'Neal More than 1 year ago
This book was good