One of the books that has really helped me through grief is the book Confessions of a Grieving Christian by Zig Ziglar. The author explores the grief process from a spiritual aspect, with many references to scripture. He writes “I encourage people who are buying the book as a gift for a grieving loved one to wait from six to eight weeks after the death before giving them this book. I believe that the message in Grieving Christian is most effective when the reader has had time to ride out the roughest waves of their initial emotions.”
Each chapter explores a phase of the grief experience, from the initial shock of losing someone you love to the wave of emotions that follow. Ziglar points out that people grieve differently and this is helpful in responding to family members who may express their emotions different from yours. He teaches the reader not “how to get over it” but rather how to live with grief. He says “No one is immune from the fact of grief. Grief is woven throughout the tapestry of life. ” The most obvious form of grief is through death, and the more we love the more we grieve, according to Ziglar. Yet many people also grieve the loss of a marriage, loss of a home, loss of fertility or loss of ability through illness. It’s crucial to recognize and acknowledge grief in ourselves and in others.
“If our departed ones could come back to us and tell us about their experiences with the Lord in heaven, I feel certain they would tell us three things. First, they would tell us to concentrate on the way they were when they were at their best in this life. Second, they would tell us to enjoy our lives to the fullest and choose to fill them with the best memories and experiences possible. Third, they would tell us to spend more time getting to know Christ better.” Zig Ziglar, Confessions of a Grieving Christian
Please read Confessions of a Grieving Christian if you are grieving, or give a copy to a friend and on the inside cover write “I’m sorry for your loss.” I’ve very glad that it was recommended to me by my Christian friends.
My Amazon Rating 5/5
Note: there are two different book covers, I’m showing the Kindle version above and you may see a different version in your local bookstore.