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By sharing personal experiences, the author shows how responding to loss can be a way to greater depth, compassion, joy, and appreciation of simple blessings....

©2009 Jerry Sittser (P)2011 Zondervan

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Processing loss

I can see returning to this book many many times as I process my own loss.

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Inspiring book for Christians who experience significant loss.

This is a very thoughtful and inspiring book written to people in general dealing with grief, with a Christian emphasis.

I was pleased to hear the author, at least throughout the beginning and middle of the book, acknowledge randomness and chance in the world especially in his significant experience of loss. However, I believe it was in chapter 12 that he claimed God's sovereignty of "total control" of all events of life. This appeal to sovereignty was not an isolated event and in following chapters he made the same claims. I hardly think appealing to meticulous sovereignty is helpful to non-Christians and even for many Christians this is controversial, though we have come to understand that this provides them with a level of comfort in their grief. I'd much rather have had him offer an explanation of how grief can be endured in light of God NOT in "total control."

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Integral in my own grieving & healing

What did you love best about A Grace Disguised?

I downloaded this book when I heard my Pastor mention it in a sermon last year. I was going through the beginning stages of my separation/divorce and was experiencing tremendous grief, sadness and pain. This book really validated my feelings regarding the whirlwind of emotion I was experiencing and helped heal my heart and help me understand the journey through ANY kind of loss. I would recommend this book to anyone suffering from a loss in their life. This book offers comfort through Jerry Sittser's own personal experience as well as his belief in God and the bible as well as other spiritual teachings. Definitely instrumental in my own grieving process.

What about Tom Parks’s performance did you like?

His voice and tone were very comforting and reassuring.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I cried quite a bit. This book really touched my heart... it helped me acknowledge my emotions, validate them, sit with them and move through them with peace and understanding.

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  • Jeff
  • Georgetown, Cayman Islands
  • 08-20-12

Great insight!

What did you love best about A Grace Disguised?

Deep insight into dealing with loss

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the raw honesty of the author

Have you listened to any of Tom Parks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

win or lose?

Any additional comments?

Sittser has excellent insight.

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  • m
  • Richmond, BC, Canada
  • 09-28-11

it is a great read (hear)

I have never tried buying a required text from my school study in audio form. This is the 1st time and turns out excellent. May from YVR, Canada.

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Great Book on Suffering

Would you listen to A Grace Disguised again? Why?

I will listen to it again. A good friend lost her brother to a drunk driver, and this book has help me talk to her about it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Grace Disguised?

His transparency.

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Ausomme

ready this book has opened my eyes, I must try to go on no matter how hard it is.

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Silver Linings, the Furthest Thing from Your Mind

If you are experiencing a particularly difficult time in your life and were hoping I could offer feedback as to whether this book could help you, I cannot. But I can tell you that if you thought you had it bad, this book might be the perfect thing for you. After listening to this book I can safely say that my life is clearly blessed. This book is a great way to reset your perspective. It reminds us that we are part of much larger narratives but does not forget that for those experiencing grief, silver linings are the furthest things from our minds.

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A MUST READ

What made the experience of listening to A Grace Disguised the most enjoyable?

This book was recommended by our pastor. Best book I've ever read on grief. Spot on and totally relatable. I've recommended it to several others already.

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Lacking in emotion

The author went through an horrific tragedy. My heart goes out to he and anyone else who has suffered such a loss.

Three months ago I lost my 31 year old daughter. I decided to read this book to find help in trudging through this acute season in my life. Although the story was well written, the lack of details of the emotional distress that the author and his surviving children went through left me feeling that he was somehow emotionally detached. Maybe a father's response to such a loss is just different than a mother's response.

It was good to hear that this dad went on with his life and found meaning and a future. However, the account of his struggle written about in this book left a void of emotional details that wasn't satisfied.