“Good Grief!”- Book Review & Giveaway

Winnners Announced!
Lisa S.
Jodee Molitor
Check your email, Ladies! Praying you learn from and enjoy the book as much as I did.

I can’t remember how my and Erica McNeal’s paths crossed initially, but as the author of “Good Grief!”, God divinely appointed our meeting, no doubt.

If you are a regular reader, you know how much I love to read and inspire others to read.  Giving books away on the blog brings me so much joy, especially when I believe the book to   be such a wonderful resource as “Good Grief!” is.

Erica McNeal has the experience to write a book about dealing with grief and how to help others.  As a three-time cancer survivor and mother of five precious babies in Heaven, Erica’s personal situation is one to consider a lighthouse.  She gracefully tells her story of losses and grief, then shares recommendations on helping others through their grief journeys.

“Unmet expectations and conflicts arise when a person is hurting and doesn’t know what they need, and their loved ones don’t know what to say or how to help.   ‘Good Grief!’ is a book filled with tangible solutions for determining what to say, what not to say, and what to do, in order to love others well, through difficult times.”

Honestly, I think many of us just ignore those experiencing loss or disease, using the excuse “I just don’t know what to say.”  Well, what do you think Jesus would say to that person?  This area of ministry is dear to my heart and I have prayed over these books, that God would put them in just the right hands of the ones who need them.

So, who wants to win? 🙂

For these giveaways (three books total), you can enter four ways:

1. Like Erica McNeal on Facebook.

2. Like RachelWojo.com on Facebook.

3. Share this link on Twitter or Facebook.

And the last one, please do it!!

4. Answer the question: How have I helped someone grieving a loss or suffering OR how can I help someone grieving or suffering?

Leave a comment for each entry. 🙂

We will leave the giveaway open until Tuesday, April 3, 11 pm.  Winners announced Wednesday, April 4, 2012.


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  1. I try to just listen to the person and let them talk, cry, etc. I offer to bring a meal or other things that might be helpful and then pray.

  2. I like Rachel on FB.

  3. I like Erica McNeal on FB.

  4. I like Erica McNeal on Facebook.

  5. I like Rachelwojo.com on Facebook.

  6. I pray for those that are hurting. It’s hard for me to find the right words to comfort those who are grieving, so I try to make up for it by being a good listener and a shoulder to cry on.

  7. I have baked/cooked food for those going through grief and trying circumstances to help ease that part of their load, but truly have a fear of trying to help people in these situations as I am not good with words or ever know what to do/say. This seems like an awesome tool to help people like me minister to others. Thank you! I’ve just found your blogsite through Karen Ehman, and love your ministry through your blog!

    1. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      Sherri, so glad you came by! No one has all the words. Baking is a huge blessing to those grieving and hurting! For me, though, I so want to be not just the hands and feet of Jesus, but the mouth too. Words can be powerfully used if He speaks through. I think you would love this book!

  8. My dad unexpectedly passed away 3 weeks ago at age 60. He was my mom’s rock and her everything. She misses him so much and is lost without him. I live 3 hours away. As soon as I heard the news I drove straight to her and arrived at 3am. I can’t imagine the pain and emptiness she is feeling. I stayed with her a week . I sat by her side as we talked to the coroner and the investigators. I drove her where ever she needed. I walked by her side everyday with dad’s dog. I laid next to her every night hoping she would find some comfort in my arms. I walked hand in hand with her and my brother as we scattered my dad’s ashes. It so hard to see the pain in her eyes and all his brothers and sisters. I wish so bad that I could help with all this suffering. I call her everyday and let her know its ok to cry and to grieve. I send her packages in the mail to let her know I’m thinking of her. I asked the funeral home to send me the bill so she won’t go to the mailbox one day and be greeted by loss. This weekend I am going home to help her with filing his taxes and to set new Easter traditions. I know it takes time but I feel so helpless and it hurts so bad to see her suffer :'(

    1. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      I LOVE all that you are doing. Your mom is blessed to have such a daughter. What fabulous ideas to share with others. My mom is in heaven so my heart feels for you and yours!! Blessings to you today, Christy!

  9. I would like to minister to children (and families) facing serious illness.

  10. I endeavor to let the person know whenever I think of their loved one. Sometimes the rush of sharing grief passes, we go on with our lives thinking of that person on occasion, while their loved ones remember them every day. So I tell them.

  11. Fixed meals, watched the children, given hugs, listened to them, and pray for them.
    Honestly, I do struggle sometimes with what to say. But having gone through some “grief” times myself, I don’t think it’s always about what we say, but our presence with them and just being there for them that can “speak” more.

  12. Jodee Molitor says:

    I have offered to pray for others and called the prayer chain at our church for them also. I keep a prayer journal with names of people I am praying for on a weekly basis. I also pray for their families and share books or music that I think may be helpful to them.

  13. I have helped others with loss by being there and being open for them to share thoughts and feelings. Allowing them to share memories, cry be angry and let the grief out in the manner they need to express themselves . Prayer and showing Gods live to them in the manner that the Lord leads.

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