It's one of the unexplained mysteries of life. One day life is fine, then suddenly you face the loss of a child or parent or another relative or friend. You plunge into the valley of despair and face the persistent questions. Where do you turn?
Eight years ago, Dave Branon faced these questions with his family when his daughter, Melissa, was killed in an auto accident. BEYOND THE VALLEY uses phrases from the well-known Psalm 23 (the Shepherd Psalm) to organize the contents. The words in this book are filled with comfort, insight, inspiration and hope.
Here's one tiny example of what fills this well-crafted book: "Problems invade our lives, and we look around for someone who can calm our anxious hearts. We look for someone with healing tools. And then we realize that God has in His hands the authority and the support needed (the rod and the staff of a shepherd) to put our hearts at ease. Suddenly we realize that we can rest in His arms and feel His comforting love." Page 123)
I faced my own sudden loss of a child many years ago and reading Branon's words took me back to that spot in life and I can understand the immense value of this book. I wish it had been around years ago.
When you know someone who faces a sudden loss, it's hard to know what to say. I recommend you give this book.
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W. Terry Whalin (terrywhalin)
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Life is hard. Every Christian, no matter how rich or poor, how mature or young in the faith, faces difficulties that make him or her wonder where God is. Writer Dave Branon began to walk life’s difficult valley in 2002 when his 17-year-old daughter Melissa died in a car accident. This book grows out of his own journey and his desire to provide hope to the hurting. Each devotional chapter is based on a scriptural truth, is realistic in its approach, and is supplemented with questions for personal reflection. In an easy-to-read fashion, Dave helps to answer the need of the struggling Christian for certainty and assurance of God’s love.