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From Grief to Grace, by Jeannie Ewing – Book Review

from-grief-to-grace I have to admit that I chose to read From Grief to Grace: The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph, by Jeannie Ewing, because I personally know the author and wanted to support her writing. Little did I know when I opened the first page, just how much I needed to read this book for my own benefit! Like many, I associated grief only with death. No one in my life had recently died. Therefore, I didn’t see a need to read it for any other reason than to support the author. I couldn’t have been more wrong!

My Story of Grief

Grief can result from any type of loss; the loss of a loved one, a home, a job, your good health – anything! As I read the book, simultaneously, my husband lost his job due to a company re-organization. A wave of emotions pummeled me as the news hit and the effects lingered over the next few days and weeks. From Grief to Grace: The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph helped me greatly to get through this difficult time.

Moving from Grief to Grace

The book teaches that you can approach the situation of loss and decide to either be a “victim” (blaming everyone else for your unwanted situation), or you can take the road of “victory” and pick up your cross and walk with Christ. In my situation, I chose to take the path of “victory.” Jeannie Ewing relates in this fantastic book, that by embracing the graces of virtue, we easily walk with Christ on that path to victory. Her message resonated well with me, as this is something I try to impart on others all the time. However, when the loss comes to your own door, sometimes even the subject matter expert on the virtues, like me, needs a little objective assistance from a friend like Jeannie Ewing. Her book helped me to see my best course of action.

As I read through the book, I found so many quotes that I had to share with my own followers, for they are true gems. Here’s just one example:

Gratitude begins in the heart but encompasses the way we eventually live our daily lives. In essence, gratitude changes our hearts from bitterness to thanksgiving. (p. 115)

Thank you Jeannie Ewing, with heart-felt gratitude, for writing From Grief to Grace: The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph. Thank you for showing us how to move from grief to grace within our own lives. What you teach in this book, actually works! I am a living testimony, having applied your principles to my own situation of grief.

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