Aftermath: Growing in Grace Through Grief
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Aftermath: Growing in Grace Through Grief

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Loss is a four-letter word that grips our hearts and gridlocks our lives. Grief can hold us captive until we surrender it to God. How do we find the necessary grace to journey through the mourning process? Juxtaposed to the outpouring of her mother's words about grief, the author shares her parallel journey from the emotional abyss of grief after becoming an adult orphan....more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by New Hope Publishers (AL) (first published January 1st 2012)
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Victor Gentile
Margaret McSweeney in her new book “Aftermath” published by New Hope Publishers gives us some thoughts for Growing in Grace Through Grief.

From the back cover: Experience Grace in Grief.

Comforting, wise and practical–with the outpouring of her own mother’s words about grief–the author shares emotions experienced along the spectrum of loss after her parents’ deaths.

Five sections give: common emotions – comfort Scripture lists – counsel from grief experts – chronicling sections with detailed helps...more
Grief is a subject that is difficult to write about. One reason is that it's a sad subject. Second, some readers could become offended or turned off by it's content. Only a person who has been there, who understands, could write on this subject and bring comforting words of wisdom. Margaret McSweeney is familiar with the depths of grief after loosing three family members. She also watched her mother navigate the journey of grief. Margaret has written a much-needed book; because all of us at some...more
This book is so invaluable to almost everyone who has or will inevitably face grief over the loss of a loved one, which is a very bittersweet thing. I lost my father to cirrhosis at age 15, and in some regard, my mother as well. Even now, 17 years later, I'm surprised sometimes when the unexpected grief seems to wash over me and take my breath away. It it something that I don't feel ever truly goes away completely. You simply learn to live on.

Aftermath holds your hand every step of the way, whe...more
All of us have either experienced some type of grief or will at some point and with Margaret’s book, Aftermath, will help you in getting through the grief process and grow in your faith at the same time. Using poetry written by her mother as she worked through her own grief going through the stages of depression, anger and acceptance – we see how others around are affected by grief. With the journal and questions pages following the reading you can work though the process as you come to understa...more
Aftermath is a book written to aid people who are grieving the tragic loss of a love one. Many times we spend a tremendous amount of time asking why we had to lose them and why they couldn't have stayed when we needed them still. Margaret McSweeney has firsthand experienced the pains and hurting of grief. In her book, she has provided readers with the different stages of grief and they are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. She lost her father suddenly right before she was su...more
“How can one put decorative tissue paper around a wrecking ball?” That line says it all. As the book title suggests, so much growth happens through grief, but many painful, hollow years may pass until healing leads you to grace. Written as a personal response to the deaths of her father and then her mother, McSweeney uses Bible verses, poetry written by herself and her mother Carolyn Rhea, and personal stories to lead readers through the “stages” of grief to grace. Ending each section is an exer...more
Lisa Johnson
Title: Growing in Grace through Grief aftermath
Author: Margaret McSweeney
Pages: 192
Year: 2012
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo.... Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988
Aftermath is a very accurate word for learning how to grow into our new “normal.” No one on the earth has been unaffected or unt...more
I am unable to adequately express how tenderly Margaret McSweeney’s vulnerability comfort the heart and encourage the soul, leaving the reader feeling as if God himself has wrapped the heart in a gentle embrace.

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