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The Light That Never Dies: A Story of Hope in the Shadows of Grief [Paperback]

By William Hendricks (Author)
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Hendricks had to face the death of his wife to breast cancer during the prime of his life, and yet he proclaims, "Give thanks to the Lord."

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In the prime of his life, William Hendricks surrendered his wife to breast cancer. Yet he could say, 'Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.' In a warm gentle style, Bill shares God's goodness, not just even in the midst of suffering, but especially in that personal pain.

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Studio: Northfield Publishing
Pages   175
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.58" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.48 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2005
Publisher   MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
ISBN  1881273695  
ISBN13  9781881273691  

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More About William Hendricks

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! WILLIAM D. HENDRICKS Bill Hendricks is President of The Giftedness Center, a Dallas-based consulting firm specializing in organizational effectiveness and individual career guidance. He is the author or coauthor of twenty books, including "Your Work Matters to God, Living by the Book," and "The Power of Uniqueness." He has written for numerous publications and shares his thoughts regularly at Bill holds an undergraduate degree in English from Harvard University, a master of science in mass communications from Boston University, and a master of arts in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the proud father of three grown daughters by his late wife, Nancy, and is now re-married to Lynn Turpin Hendricks.

William Hendricks currently resides in Dallas, in the state of Texas.

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encouragement from someone who's been there  Feb 8, 2008
I read this book after hearing the author speak on a radio program. This was 2 months after my father died of cancer, and 2 months before my sister also died of cancer. So it was timely. I ordered the book and devoured it--it was hard to put down. The author is just so real. It's not a "how-to" book, just encouraging words from someone who's been there. I have purchased at least 8 copies of the book, and it's what I give to people in my life as they experience the death of someone close to them.
Engaging and Encouraging  Nov 23, 2005
The night I read the first chapter, I couldn't sleep. I lay haunted by the sadness of three little girls enduring the death of their mother.
In The Light That Never Dies, William Hendricks guides his reader from the heart-wrenching sorrow of his 47-year-old wife Nancy's lost fight with cancer to his assurance that she is alive with Christ today. Although he professes to write not just for Christians, but "for anyone who knows grief, loss, pain, or suffering," (p. 21) his story is pervaded by the presence of a loving God. It is also pervaded by the presence of those little girls, Amy, Kristin, and Brittany, and their Daddy. How often I looked back at the photo of the family complete with its mother.
The first of the book's two dominant images comes from Margaret Wise Brown's children's classic, The Runaway Bunny. Brown's mother bunny vows to pursue her little one every time he runs away. "The little bunny knows that he will always be the object of his mother's affection" (p. 26). This motif entwines the human theme around the theological treatise. God, the ultimate Mother Bunny, manifests the same loyal love. The author himself displays it, assuring eight-year-old Amy that, "Even though Mommy's gone, Daddy's here, and I'm not going anywhere" (p. 83).
The Light That Never Dies, however, reaches beyond bunnies and their mothers, apt as that image may be. Neither is it only a memoir of God sustaining a family through intense pain, though He clearly does.
Revealing his Dallas Seminary theological training and didactic writing experience, Hendricks uses a second image, from Ecclesiastes 7:2. "It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting." But where was God in the Holocaust, Columbine, and 9-11? In the Challenger explosion and sniper deaths? In personal loss? Why is it better to go to the House of Mourning? From Ecclesiastes come biblical precepts for suffering. Life is brief. Death is not final. God comforts.
A book that might have become unbearably tragic instead brings hope from one who grieves with understanding. Heartwarming moments intersperse with excruciating times to provide stamina to persevere. As serious lessons creep from the story, so a husband's love glimmers in the little mentions, such as Nancy's favorite Earl Grey tea. And in his visual depictions of their special times. "Our surroundings gradually took form as the light intensified, like a Polaroid slowly developing" (p. 29).
With tenderness and candor, Hendricks evaluates his journey from the news of Nancy's diagnosis, through her sickness and death, to his own mourning and recovery. He admits his feelings. "Suffering is an a cappella solo" (p. 13). He declares theological truth. "Evil is real" (p. 39). He offers practical advice for those who console. "Loving care is best expressed in emotions and actions, not theology or philosophy" (p. 136). And he proclaims for our comfort that God is "utterly trustworthy" (p. 132). "His lovingkindness is everlasting" (p.131).
Whether you ache now or seek to understand pain before your own turn comes, I commend to you The Light That Never Dies. The emotions are authentic. The lessons are thought provoking. And the conclusion of the book, an account of 15-year-old Brittany's expression of love, again threatened my sleep.
We matter to God--alot!   Jun 15, 2005
Anyone who will read this book will not just vividly walk with Bill through his "house of mourning," but their own. And, with your own tears and smiles and laughs and questions and a whole lot more, you will come out singing that we matter alot--to God!

Translate the experience of this book into your thoughts and prayers of others you know who are in thier own "house of mourning," and you will be better equipped to "be there" for them.

Read this book slowly! Process it! And share it!

Dr. John R. Hellstern
A wonderful inspiring book  May 2, 2005
Everyone should read this book. Those currently grieving will find comfort and hope. Those that have been there will find words that describe all they have gone through. Many will find helpful insights into thier experience. Those who have not yet grieved over a loved one, will be better prepared for that day.
Bill Hendricks puts into words an experience that is difficult to describe. I felt like I was there with him. He does not pull any punches about the pain, doubts or hard questions. He has been there, but through it all there is hope. The Light never dies, and we can all take comfort in that thought.
A Light in the Darkness  Mar 26, 2005
Bill Hendricks has written a book about death and dying that is full of hope. Perhaps the last taboo in our culture, right up there with discussing our income, death is a subject we prefer to ignore for as long as possible until, as in Bill's case, it comes knocking on our door.

With honesty, insight and practical encouragement Bill walks his readers along the shadowy pathways that lead to "The House of Mourning" and beyond.

At once touching, comforting and unsentimental, The Light That Never Dies will encourage many who are grieving with a message of hope in the midst of sadness and loss.

I highly recommend this book. Get it for a friend or loved one struggling with loss. Get it for yourself and be reminded that God can and will bring light out of darkness.

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