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Author: Jerry L. Sittser, Jerry Sittser Narrator: Tom Parks Publisher: Zondervan Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780310869818

Publisher Description

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.

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    " EXCELLENT book for those who have loved & lost. "

    - Rochelle, 2/20/2014
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    " Awesome book for Mother's that have lost a child. "

    - Nancy, 2/3/2014
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    " The best book I've ever read about how to deal with grief and loss! I didn't even want to finish it because I didn't want the ministering to end. I highly recommend this to anyone experiencing heart ache and loss. "

    - Rebecca, 2/3/2014
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    " The book that I recommend most highly to people dealing with sudden and traumatic loss of any kind. "

    - Leeann, 1/26/2014
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    " Excellent. One that I will re-read periodically. "

    - Julianne, 1/25/2014
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    " A good book to get someone who is going through a loss. Max Depree wrote: "With profound insight into tragedy and forgiveness, grief and grace, justice and mercy, Jerry Sittser leads us through the darkness of loss and pain and into the light of grace" "

    - Shawnna, 1/23/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Having lost a son, and a future daughter-in-law to a drunk driver on 10/10/10, this book really hit close on several levels. I found some peace in this story, and I am going to have to pray and meditate on God's grace through this tragedy. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that has experienced the death of a close friend or relative. "

    - Steven, 1/21/2014
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    " Great book for those grieving significant loss. "

    - Vanessa, 1/17/2014
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    " If anyone would like to know or understand more about suffering and it's theology, it is the book you should pick it! It is one of the greatest soul care books! "

    - La, 1/15/2014
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    " Such a wonderful, helpful, insightful book when dealing with grief! "

    - Nancy, 1/10/2014
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    " This was a wonderful, honest, helpful read on grief and suffering. I'll recommend it to others and continue to mull on Sittser's candid writing. "

    - Andrew, 12/31/2013
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    " Great book. I highlighted a lot of the pages and quotes and passages I want to reflect on and re-visit time and time again. Best grief book I've picked up yet. "

    - Anna, 12/27/2013
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    " he gives his experience following a tragedy which rocked his family's world. i like his thoughtfulness and ability to retain his faith, while acknowledging he doesn't understand everything. the chapter questions on the updated edition are good for reflection and discussion. "

    - Mar, 12/14/2013
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    " Thank you for lending this book to me Siri. "

    - Memo, 10/10/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Beautifully written, encouraging "

    - Stephanie, 9/1/2013
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    " I was assigned this for a psychology class I'm taking. I was not excited to read it, but it ended up being really good. I recommend it to anyone who is, or who has, experienced loss of any kind and may be struggling with it. "

    - Stephanie, 9/30/2012
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    " A moving testimony of faith in light of great loss. Much to be gleaned from it. "

    - Thomas, 8/27/2012
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    " This book helped me tremendously through the loss of my mother to breast cancer. "

    - Susan, 8/20/2012
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    " One of the best books on grief I have read. "

    - Ann, 7/29/2012
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    " Good reminder that being changed forever doesn't have to be a bad thing. "

    - Nicole, 7/22/2012
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    " beautiful book. too profound for my inadequate words. I loved it and will probably read it again in a year or so... "

    - Mindy, 6/28/2012
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    " touching and profound. Worth reading. "

    - Susie, 6/27/2012
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    " A great book for anyone who has suffered a loss. "

    - Robin, 5/22/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I appreciated some good thoughts about how God is still there when you've got nothing left to give. "

    - Jenn, 4/16/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Wonderful book. Applies to anyone who has suffered any sort of loss. He gives you permission to feel and allows you to jump around all of the different stages of grief. "

    - Scott, 3/13/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Still working my way through this book. It's for anyone who has suffered a major loss whether it's a job, a baby, spouse, partner or a marriage. "

    - Martha, 7/18/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Finally a book on loss/suffering from a Christian perspective that doesn't sugarcoat or over-spiritualize the experience. I have never read such a transparent and yet hopeful account of this kind of extreme loss/tragedy. A very helpful book indeed. "

    - Marcelle, 7/12/2011
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    " the author has a wonderful way of explaining things and describing his experience ... he helped give me words to describe my own experience ... and remind me that yes, life goes on, and it's OKAY! "

    - Dalon, 6/16/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " great book on loss and grief and, as the title says, how the soul grows through it. "

    - Greta, 4/1/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Excellent treatment of this difficult topic. Much more theologically sound than "Lament for a Son." "

    - Mark, 2/17/2011
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    " I strongly disagree with some of Sittser's basic position (God doesn't have a will or doesn't care what you do in certain instances (most?)), but his focus on seeing God's will as revealed in Scripture and doing *that* is spot on. "

    - Jonathan, 5/17/2010
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    " this was formally known as "discovering God's will" "

    - Amy, 9/8/2009
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " It changed my life! It should be a must-read for every Christian! "

    - Katie, 1/18/2008

About the Author

Jerry Sittser is professor and chair of theology at Whitworth University. He holds a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a doctorate in the history of Christianity from the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books, including A Grace Disguised and The Will of God as a Way of Life. Married to Patricia, he is the father of three children and two step-children, all grown.

About the Narrator

Tom Parks is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator who has also been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been involved in recording audiobooks and voice-overs for over thirty years and through an eclectic range of projects. In addition to performing and directing, he is also an active musician, drumming in musical theater productions in the Midwest, and is in demand as a conference speaker.