Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace

Refined By Fire A Journey of Grief and Grace Where is the handbook for widows Mary Kenyon lamented as she planned a funeral for the beloved husband whose triumph over cancer she chronicled in Chemo Therapist How Cancer Cured a Marriage During th

  • Title: Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace
  • Author: Mary Potter Kenyon
  • ISBN: 9781939629340
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Paperback
  • Where is the handbook for widows Mary Kenyon lamented as she planned a funeral for the beloved husband whose triumph over cancer she chronicled in Chemo Therapist How Cancer Cured a Marriage During the ensuing weeks, as she attempted to make sense of his untimely death, she filled two journals, blogged, and read the inspirational writings of others who had gone down tWhere is the handbook for widows Mary Kenyon lamented as she planned a funeral for the beloved husband whose triumph over cancer she chronicled in Chemo Therapist How Cancer Cured a Marriage During the ensuing weeks, as she attempted to make sense of his untimely death, she filled two journals, blogged, and read the inspirational writings of others who had gone down the road of grief before her, authors like C.S Lewis and Madeleine L Engle She eventually found herself studying grief and bereavement in her quest to unearth answers to alleviating the pain associated with profound loss In the process, she discovered a strength and emotional reserve she didn t know she had, along with an evolving faith that helped her face the impending loss of an eight year old grandson In the midst of the darkness of loss, I found light Admittedly, in those first weeks, it might have been but a single small spark I sensed deep inside of me, but that spark guided me in the twisted, dark journey of grief As I stumbled over the roots of hopelessness and despair, that light grew to illuminate my path, a path I sometimes felt very alone on At some point in the journey I d turned around, and there was God That is grace.

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    1. Mary graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A in Psychology was recently certified as a grief counselor She works as a librarian and an author, widely published in magazines, newspapers and anthologies An essay of hers was featured in the January February issue of Poets Writers magazine She teaches writing workshops for area community colleges, libraries and writer s conferences Mary does presentations on utilizing creativity in your everyday life and facing grief with grace for groups as varied as Hospice, PEN Women and for church and women s groups She is the author of the book Coupon Crazy The Science, the Savings, and the Stories Behind America s Extreme Obsession Familius, August 2013 Chemo Therapist How Cancer Cured a Marriage was released in April 2014, and Refined By Fire A Journey of Grief and Grace, with a foreword written by New York Times bestselling author, Cecil Murphey, was released in October 2014 Mary Me A Lasting Link Through Ink, co written with Mary Jedlicka Humston, was released in September 2015.

    2. I cannot imagine what it would be like to lose a mother, a beloved spouse of over thirty years, and a precious grandson, all within less than three years and after all three had been diagnosed and treated for various forms of cancer. None of us could imagine this happening in our family, nor would we wish an experience like this on anyone. Mary Potter Kenyon is a remarkable writer; she honestly takes us through her journey of loss, sharing her deepest aches and her daily struggles while grieving [...]

    3. Let me begin by saying this book deserves much more than 5 stars. I knew that if I began reading it, I wouldn't be able to stop until the last page, so I waited a day and a half before starting it. This book is beautiful in every way- just gorgeous. Mary is a very talented writer who is so transparent with the feelings she experienced in the days leading up to the loss of her husband and grandson, and the period directly after. This book is tender and raw. I didn't get halfway through before tea [...]

    4. “Refined by Fire” by Mary Potter Kenyon has as its subtitle “A Journey of Grief and Grace.”That’s exactly what this book is, but it takes a totally human track through the process. The author shares her raw emotions at the loss of her beloved husband and then her grandchild. She is not modeling a Pollyanna attitude, even though her journey takes her to a strong faith in God and prayer. She shares her very dark moments and then we join her as a burst of clarity and light arrives. For an [...]

    5. Mary Potter Kenyon has a way with story. She is about as “real” a writer as I’ve ever read. Transparent and unashamed to let the reader into the hard stuff in her life. Thankfully I can’t relate to her losses, but if/when I find myself grieving, I will probably pick this book back up and let Mary’s words soothe my soul. God has allowed significant hurt in her life. He has also gifted her with the ability to string words together on paper in such a way that you feel like she is right th [...]

    6. This is the second book by Mary that I have read, and just as with the first one, I was deeply touched by Mary's story of how she dealt with not one loss, but three; her mother, her husband, and her grandson. I have not yet suffered this kind of intense loss, but as I wrote in my review of Mary's other book, it's a real eye-opener to witness the personal grief that accompanies such loss. I was a hospice volunteer for a time and as such was required to go through their training program, which inc [...]

    7. Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace is author Mary Potter Kenyon's memoir of sorts about the tremendous loss she endured during a very short period of time: of her mother, husband, and young grandson. The book description reads:"Where is the handbook for widows?" Mary Kenyon lamented as she planned a funeral for the beloved husband whose triumph over cancer she chronicled in Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage. During the ensuing weeks, as she attempted to make sense of his un [...]

    8. I hate the word “closure”. Especially as it relates to coping with life’s more difficult circumstances. The death of a loved one, a violent assault, the carnage of war, a potentially lethal disease, and many other experiences, leave one’s life forever changed. The idea that such an event is something that one can get over and leave behind is ludicrous. Perspective, a much better term to my mind, is what I found in Refined by Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace by Mary Potter Kenyon. She t [...]

    9. Mary Potter Kenyon has been through incredible loss in a short period of time--her mother, a grandchild and her husband, David. Throughout this book, Mary shares her personal journals and the journey. How did she not only survive but flourished in the midst of grief? It's clear that she clung to Jesus and the Bible throughout the book. Her journey provides a road map for readers who walk through their own grief and loss. The writing is moving and personal.The final paragraph of the final chapter [...]

    10. Mary Potter Kenyon allows her readers a look into the first year of her life after losing her precious husband, David, coupled with losing her grandson just a short time later. Her writing is real and raw, but more importantly it is filled with glimpses of the grace that has touched her life and transformed her since the time of her husband's death. I can attest to the reality of her writing, as I lost my husband less than a month after Mary's loss. I hope you will all take time to read her book [...]

    11. I flew through the pages, barely stopping to eat, use the bathroom or even breathe. I didn't want to stop to do the necessary things in life until I finished. But I almost felt guilty reading Refined by Fire. Why guilty? Mary’s private thoughts, pains, anger and glimpses of happiness were written in such a way I felt like I was spying on her. Was I an intruder in her home? Was I the proverbial fly on the wall, seeing and hearing all the conversations, both those spoken aloud and those in her h [...]

    12. In Refined by Fire, Mary Kenyon tells a heartbreaking story of loss. In the span of a few years, Kenyon lost her mother Irma and then her husband David. Just as she discovered writing as a way to regain her emotional footing, her young grandson Jacob died of cancer. The author’s story is compelling because of her transparent. She lays her journey of grief before the reader, refusing to hide her emotional pain, her tears, her anger, her loneliness, and her doubts. We see grief take its toll on [...]

    13. When I agreed to write a review of Mary Potter Kenyon’s book “Refined by Fire A Journey of Grief and Grace,” I really wasn’t aware of what the book was about. I really was trying to attempt to do the honorable thing and help a fellow writer out by promoting her book. But when I received it, I was shocked at the contents. You see, I have been traveling the path of grief since the 3rd of March when my mother passed away. Today, November 6, 2014, is my mother’s birthday, the day that Mary [...]

    14. This is no ordinary book about grief. Mary invites you right into her heart, and you end up pulling up a chair and sorting through your own losses. Her story kept me up late, and I'm a dedicated morning person. So many phrases touched me . . ."I felt stupid with grief…a hope for the future." Her honest, heartfelt journey through the fresh sorrow of her husband David's death and the loss of her precious grandson is a road no one desires to travel. But travel it we most likely will. If you've ev [...]

    15. Started to read this last night and couldn't stop until I was done. This isn't a saccharine overly sweet Christian book. I don't like those and won't read them. This one is for real. Real pain and anguish as the writer shares her grief. A woman who loses her mother, her husband, and her grandson within just a few years and has to go on with life even though she doesn't think she can. But she shows us how she survives, adapts, and then becomes a new person.

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