Praying You Goodbye: A Christian's Companion in Grieving, Healing, and Gratitude

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Floating Leaf Press, May 28, 2017 - 82 pages
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Are you grieving the loss of someone you love? Writer Madeleine L'Engle says of grief, in her book Two-Part Invention, that it "has to be worked through. It is like walking through water. Sometimes there are little waves lapping about my feet. Sometimes there is an enormous breaker that knocks me down. Sometimes there is a sudden and fierce squall. But I know that many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it." This grief ritual is for anyone who is walking through the pain of losing a loved one. Its gentle, contemplative exercises, each accompanied by an Old and a New Testament Scripture passage as well as a full-color photograph, are a companion through the "many waters" of grief-from sadness to anger, fear to regret, into gratitude for the gifts of love and life. What is grief, after all, but a sign of the depth of our love? Those who enjoy creative writing will likely also find poems, essays, and/or stories emerging as they journey through this healing process.

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Maureen Ryan Griffin's many publishing credits include Calyx, The Chautauquan Daily, The Texas Review, 13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen, and Marlo Thomas's The Right Words at the Right Time Volume 2: Your Turn! Maureen is the author of Spinning Words into Gold: A Hands-On Guide to the Craft of Writing and three poetry books. A poem from her latest collection, Ten Thousand Cicadas Can't Be Wrong, was featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writers' Almanac in July of 2015. An award-winning poet and nonfiction writer, she offers writing classes and coaching through her business, WordPlay (www.wordplaynow.com).

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