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Melissa: A Father's Lessons from a Daughter's Suicide

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Desperately hurting people take their own lives every day throughout the world, yet the church is not on top of the epidemic and often seems ill- equipped to address it biblically and effectively.

Frank Page, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, learned this firsthand when he and his wife Dayle lost their daughter, Melissa, to suicide in 2009. Writing from
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by B&H Books
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Picked this book up at T4G last year. Heartbreaking yet transparent account of one family's walk through suicide. Gospel centered with constant reminders of sinfulness yet hope in Christ. I appreciated the author's personal address to the reader through each chapter. A difficult read yet filled with encouragement. Will be one of my go to books to give to those who experience familial suicide.
I really loved the author's way with words. Some of the lines in this book jumped right off the page and stuck with me long after I finished reading the page. As a member of this broken, hurting world I can honestly say that some of the things he said really resounded with me and will stick with me when comforting those dealing with this and other tragedies.
While I have no experience dealing with suicide, I found this book to be overwhelmingly helpful in understanding the loss of my brother 3 years ago. Like Frank, the roller coaster started with a phone call, included dreams, sickening feelings of hopelessness yet a closeness to God that I had never in my life felt. I now understand the panic attacks, depression, 6 different medications I tried, etc were nothing against the Spiritual Warfare that happens to a believer during a tragic loss. The ene ...more
My favorite line in the book is, "His love for my daughter was so great that He chose, while His own Son was hanging on the cross between life and death, to restrain His all-powerful hand from initiating a rescue. That's how far He was willing to go to make sure Melissa's fallen nature could not ultimately consume her. Not forever."
My mother is with that same loving God.
Informative book. Very touching.
Suicide doesn’t just affect only one individual; it affects everyone! Frank Page pulls back the curtain and reveals his heart from a unique perspective as a grieving father… He and his family are still grieving from this fairly recent catastrophic event in their lives. What are the red flags to look for? As parents, what can we do to learn from this? I’m appreciative of his candidness and his vulnerability expressed in his book… May no parent go through what they went through.

Mark A Powell
Writing from his own agony surrounding his daughter’s suicide, Page bares his soul to those who are entertaining thoughts of suicide and those who are dealing with the aftershocks of suicide in their own families. Page emphasizes that suicide is never the best option, noting that it doesn’t answer questions but only leaves them for others to answer—alone. Thoroughly honest and candid, this book is not only a father’s memorial but a timely, sage counselor.
Bret Legg
Know the author. This is a honest and heartfelt book about a pastor's very troubled daughter, her eventual suicide, and it's effect on him, his family, and his faith. It deals head on with the situation in a very honest, yet hopeful way.
Deeply disturbing because of the harsh reality of suicide yet full of hope because of Immanuel, God WITH us.
Encouraging for those who struggle with depression.
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“The hurt means you're alive. It means your body is reacting and willing to fight - both to fight back and fight through it. So rather than running from grief's harsh reality, you may find that in letting it groan and pierce and ache and cry, you begin to exhaust some of its staying power. You expose its secret hiding places. You force it into the open air where it can be more easily outlined and dealt with.” 2 likes
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