Grief touches all of our lives, but it does not have to paralyse us with fear or inaction. God allows suffering because He knows how powerful it can be in our spiritual lives, helping us fully embrace His love and mercy. In this insightful and practical book, you’ll learn how to live a life of redemptive suffering that will draw you through grief into a state of tenacity, meaning, holiness and joy.
Author Jeannie Ewing is no stranger to suffering. Her family has long struggled with bipolar disorder and depression, and her baby daughter was born with a rare genetic disorder that caused her bones to prematurely fuse together. Despite the many layers of sadness, loss, confusion, and anger, Jeannie responded to God’s calling and transformed her life into one with profound purpose and joy.
Combining her training in psychology and counselling with real-life examples, Jeannie will show you that there is much life to be lived in the midst of loss, and that all things – even the most painful life experiences – are working together for a greater good. You’ll also learn:
¨ The all-too-often misunderstood difference between grief and depression
¨ The spiritual benefits of uniting your crosses with Jesus’ passion and death
¨ The counterintuitive notion that grief and joy can coexist
¨ The spiritual danger of internalising our pain and hiding it from others
¨ How great saints, such as John of the Cross and Therese of Lisieux, struggled to make sense of suffering
¨ The six spiritual principles that will assist you on the journey of navigating grief
¨ How to know when you should seek professional help
¨ Ways in which God is calling you to bring hope and joy to those dwelling in darkness
¨ How to confidently confront the nothingness and emptiness you feel in your interior life
¨ How meditating on the Stations of the Cross, the Sorrowful Mysteries, and the Seven Sorrows of Mary can help you to reflect on redemptive suffering and to embrace God’s love and mercy.
"Jeannie’s poignant and stunning story reminds us that we must be willing to forfeit our plans and with great trust embrace God’s providence in order to discover our true purpose in this life. Each page moves the reader to courageously venture on a quest for God and for holiness even in the face of suffering."
Jeff Cavins, Catholic speaker and author
"This heartfelt book shares a message of courage, grace, and the acceptance of love. It will strike a chord with anyone who has grappled with grief. To put it simply, this is the kind of book that will change you because it will make your heart grow bigger, more generous, and more joyful no matter what crosses come your way."