Book Helps in Healing From Child-Loss

Speaking with the Heart Strings group was different than any assignment I can remember. These ladies share a journey no one would ever sign up for, the loss of a child. There are no words to describe the unquenchable sorrow their families have experienced, yet somehow in this room, I could sense there was still hope.

The monthly meetings offer a safe place to talk, share pictures and honor the lives of precious children with people who understand. At Heart Strings, it’s okay to cry, but it’s also okay to laugh.

I asked the group if they knew of any helpful resources for others who have experienced profound loss. Their response was a resounding, yes! They had found a treasure I had not yet discovered, Sarah Young’s devotion book, “Jesus Calling.”

Regardless of their faith background, the women seemed to agree this book was something special. One mom told me the daily messages often speak the exact words she needs to hear to give her hope for the day.

The next morning I bought my first copy. Since then, I buy ten at a time. I love the way the brief devotional messages offer nuggets of truth, backed by God’s word. ”Jesus Calling” is not just for people who are grieving, but can bring encouragement to anyone. Don’t miss this timeless treasure! There’s even an app for your smartphone.

I’m grateful for groups like Heart Strings and The Compassionate Friends- sharing life and hope with other families who have lost a child.

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Beth Marshall

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Beth Marshall is a Christian author and speaker. Her journey through grief began with the shocking death of her best friend, her mom. A year later, and as a result of the tragedies of 9/11 she wrote A Time to Heal, a grief journal. The purpose was to use her experience of writing through a time of deep sorrow to help people who had lost loved ones. Marshall's book has taken an unexpected path including being a resource at the Army Chaplain's office at the Pentagon shortly after 9/11. Recently her book was translated into Japanese and is available for pastors serving Tsunami survivors in Japan. In addition to speaking and sharing her story of healing and hope, she spends as much time as possible with her husband Paul, their three grown children and families.

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