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With vulnerability and honesty, Jerry Sittser walks through his own grief and loss to show that new life is possible - one marked by spiritual depth, joy, compassion, and a deeper appreciation of simple blessings.

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 the grace that transforms it.

Whether your suffering has come in the form of short-term illness, chronic illness, disability, divorce, rape, emotional abuse, physical or sexual abuse, chronic unemployment, crushing disappointment, mental illness, or the loss of someone you love, Sittser will help you put your thoughts into words in a way that will guide you deeper into your own healing process.

A Grace Disguised plumbs the depths of our sorrows, asks questions many people are afraid to ask, and provides hope in its answers:

  • Will the pain ever subside?
  • Will my life ever be good again?
  • Will the depression ever lift?
  • Will I ever overcome the bitterness I feel?
  • What is God's plan in all of this?

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.

©2009 Jerry Sittser (P)2011 Zondervan

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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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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.

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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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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

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win or lose?

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Sittser has excellent insight.

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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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Life changing

This book was assigned for my “redemptive suffering” class. After reading it my heart is more at peace and less afraid of loss and grief. I have shared this book with many people because it has been so deeply transformative.

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An exceptional book

I cannot express how deeply this book resonated with me. The writing is exquisite and rich. the content so raw and honest. I only wish the author would have provided the voice for this Audible version.

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Great read

This book was incredibly valuable during my season of grief. I highly recommend it even for those who are not recovering from a big loss pright now. You will return to it over and over.

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Inspiring

A very helpful book for anyone suffering loss.
At the very least the author’s honesty will help you to feel less alone. The book also offers hope and light in the darkness.