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Overview While acknowledging that there are no easy answers when it comes to suicide, the author draws on the resources of the Christian faith to point suicide survivors to the God who offers comfort in their grief and hope for the future.
Publishers Description A 2003 Finalist in the United Kingdom Christian Book Awards Every seventeen minutes, someone in the United States dies by suicide. It is one of the most serious public health crises of modern times, claiming over one million lives worldwide every year. Those who have lost a loved one to suicide experience tremendous shock and trauma, with a confusing mix of emotions--anger, guilt, grief and despair. Suicide also raises heartrending questions: Why did this happen? Why didn't we see it coming? Many also wonder if those who choose suicide are doomed to an eternity separated from God and loved ones. Some may even start asking whether life is worth living at all. After his father's death by suicide, Albert Hsu wrestled with the intense emotional and spiritual questions surrounding suicide. While acknowledging that there are no easy answers, Hsu draws on the resources of the Christian faith to point suicide survivors to the God who offers comfort in our grief and hope for the future. If you have lost a loved one to suicide or provide pastoral care to those left behind, this book is an essential companion for the journey toward healing.
From Publishers Weekly This guide for suicide survivors family and friends of people who took their
own lives maintains InterVarsity Press's tradition of cerebral evangelicalism:
it is biblical, well reasoned, clearly presented and thoroughly researched.
Such a head-over-heart presentation is not surprising, since the author is an
IVP editor. An unexpected bonus is the personal thread Hsu weaves through each
chapter, the story of his own deep grief at his father's sudden suicide four
years ago. In the book's first section, Hsu explores the emotions of grief
from sudden shock to eventual remembrance. Though his map of grieving differs
from the familiar one proposed by Elisabeth K bler-Ross, Hsu never minimizes
grief's importance. "Only when we actively mourn will we be able to receive
the comfort that God and others offer," he writes. Nevertheless, "those
without [Christian] hope grieve in one way; those with hope grieve in
another." The Christian way of grieving is Hsu's focus in the latter half of
the book, where he surveys Scripture to deal with questions such as whether
people who die by suicide can go to heaven, where God is when tragedy strikes
and what can be learned from suicide. With its careful biblical exposition
presented in a friendly homiletic style, Hsu's how-to-think-about-suicide book
will have value for evangelical pastors and counselors as much as perhaps even
more than for the bereaved themselves. (July) Copyright 2002 Cahners
Citations And Professional Reviews Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One's Search for Comfort, Answers Hope by Albert Y. Hsu has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christianity Today - 01/01/2003 page 68
Publishers Weekly - 05/27/2002 page 55
Christian Retailing - 07/03/2002 page 38
Booklist - 07/01/2002 page 1802
CBA Retailers - 08/01/2002 page 65
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Reviews - What do customers think about Grieving A Suicide?
A walk through alll aspects you will have to deal with suicide Mar 19, 2007
This book explains what you willl have to deal with when it is public and in your private life. It is clear and easily understandable. Things you need to review and decide how you want to handle, explainations, questions. Also provides hope and comfort.
Fantastic Insight! Mar 11, 2007
This book has given me a tremendous amount of insight into the grief process and a better understanding.
Wonderful book Feb 12, 2007
I found this book to be extremely helpful, and truly appreciated that it's written from a Christian perspective. Albert's been through this experience of losing a loved one to suicide, it showed in his work. He understands and offers wonderful insight.
A Loved One's Search for Comfort Apr 20, 2006
I found this book and "No Time to Say Goodbye" by Carla Fine to be the best books I've read on the subject of suicide. Suicide happens to all walks of faith. I lost a dear friend to this tragic death, and these two books have been very comforting for me. I found the following words in this book very healing, "He fought an enemy that was as real to him as this casket is to us. This silent enemy exhausted all his courage and strength. Only God knows what he was suffering in his soul. But our consolation is that God does know and understands!"
Too focused on god talk Jul 15, 2005
Too bad this book focused so much on god-talk and christianity. Religion is a crutch of the weak-minded and Hsu reinforces that in page after page.