Item description for A Gift of Hope: How We Survive Our Tragedies by Robert L. Veninga...
Tragedy is a part of life, it is a part of the human mystery which we all must face. A Gift of Hope is a moving, beautifully written book that will give you the understanding and the self-assurance to overcome the anger and the loneliness, the suffering and the pain of your own personal travail: the loss of a loved one, the heartbreak of a handicapped child, a debilitating illness, an unwanted divorce, a severe financial setback. Here is a practical and inspirational guide to help you express your sorrow and begin the process of healing -- to help you move from sadness to serenity, from fear to faith, and to find courage in your moment of crisis. -- How to identify the stages of grief and recognize your need for help -- How to soothe the initial panic and relieve the long-term anxiety -- How to preserve your health, resist self-destructive impulses, and renew your sense of well-being -- How to draw on family and friends for spiritual solace and emotional support -- When to seek professional guidance, with a comprehensive list of national organizations
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More About Robert L. Veninga
Veninga is a Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.
Robert L. Veninga currently resides in the state of Minnesota.
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Gift of Hope: How We Survive Our Tragedies by Robert L. Veninga [Paperback] Sep 12, 2005
An excellent book for anyone searching for hope in a life that can often be painful and isolating. After the death of our son and then the subsequent birth of our daughter diagnosed with Down Syndrome, I was indeed in need of healing and guidance and hope. I devoured many books and found this one particularly...hopeful. I highly recommend it as reading for anyone and everyone.
Exquisitely written, a superb find. Feb 10, 2001
I first read this book nearly ten years ago and it remains--in its paperback version--tucked among my favorite books in my library. The author writes with a clear capacity to relate to the reader, his words are comforting and poetic. It is the kind of book where you can flip open to any page and come away with wisdom and tender passages. You need not be suffering from some tragedy to find this book useful. It is a wonderful read for anybody who cares about the human condition. I am an author myself (my latest is "How to Say It to Your Kids!")and appreciate good writing. His book is one I will always keep. Do yourself a favor and buy this book. Dr. Paul Coleman, author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Intimacy"
A comfort for those who are grieving with no direction Jul 20, 2000
I originally gave this book to my husband four years ago, when he lost both his step-father and his father within a year of each other. Just recently, I also lost my father unexpectedly. This book gives comfort to me when the tears start to flow and words can't express what I am going through. It clearly outlines the stages of grief, and it comforts through the many stories that the author weaves through the book of other's dealings with loss. It is a good book for those who feel overwhelmed with grief or any kind of loss, as you can read one story and put it down and then come back to it when you are ready. We all grieve so differently...