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What Grieving People Wish You Knew About What Really Helps


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"This book is tender, compassionate, clear, honest, gospel-rich, and practical. There is nothing distant and theoretical about it, because it's written out of the deep well of the author's own experience." -Paul David Tripp, president, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, What Did You Expect? "Most of us struggle with what to say and how to help when interacting with a person who is grieving. This wonderful book will help you be more comfortable ministering after a death because you'll better understand what your family member or friend needs most. I read this book on an airplane, headed for a funeral. I learned helpful things that I was able to use immediately." -Steve Grissom, Founder, GriefShare "In the aftermath of deep loss, grievers struggle to articulate what is helpful. These honest and practical suggestions will equip tenderhearted people to come alongside us as we grieve." -Kay Warren, Cofounder, Saddleback Church; international speaker; best-selling author, Choose Joy "Someday, someone close to each of us will die. During that difficult time, the right words can comfort us and point us to Christ. What Grieving People Wish You Knew offers great counsel from those who went through the dark days of a loved one's death. For friends of the grieving, this book can help you to offer comfort. In this book are examples of healing words that grievers need to hear-told by those who longed to hear them. These stories from those of us who have grieved, and are still grieving, will give believers the confidence to come and sit with us on the mourning bench." -Mark Green, President, The White Horse Inn "What Grieving People Wish You Knew is a timely and priceless resource for men and women who are compelled to live out the Bible's directive to 'weep with those who weep' but feel helpless to do so. This book is profoundly practical, and I am personally grateful to have it as a resource to share with so many who desire to love the grieving well." -Raechel Myers, Cofounder, She Reads Truth "Nancy Guthrie writes pointedly about what hurts when we're trying to minister to hurting people. We can all learn much from poor examples-from Job's miserable comforters. What Grieving People Wish You Knew provides an A+ lesson plan in what not to say and do as comforters. Of course, Nancy does not stop there, for she also writes poignantly about Christlike comfort. With wisdom and compassion, Nancy weaves Scripture, her story, and the stories of scores of grievers to encourage, empower, and equip us to esteem grief and to care like Christ as we minister to those who grieve." -Bob Kellemen, Biblical Counseling Chair, Crossroads Bible College; author, God's Healing for Life's Losses: How to Find Hope When You're Hurting "Grief persists as a constant presence in a fallen world. And as common as grief is, so is the silence of friends or family members who aren't quite sure how to help. Nancy Guthrie's What Grieving People Wish You Knew enters into this silent void and offers the clear and practical voice of experience and wisdom. In a unique and captivating way, Guthrie unleashes the testimonies of numerous individuals who have recently experienced grief. Their words, along with Guthrie's synthesis, allows the reader to know what truly helps and what truly hurts as we seek to minister to our grief-stricken loved ones. Do you want to be a good friend to those grieving around you? Then this is the book for you." -Jason Helopoulos, associate pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan; author, A Neglected Grace; The New Pastor's Handbook; and Let the Children Worship

About the Author

Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible at her church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, and at conferences worldwide. She and her husband, David, are the cohosts of the GriefShare video series used in more than 10,000 churches nationwide and also host Respite Retreats for couples who have experienced the death of a child. Guthrie is also the host of Help Me Teach the Bible, a podcast of the Gospel Coalition.

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