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Grief, forgiveness, and redemption as a way of transformation (edition 2012)

by Elaine Pryce, Chel Avery (Editor), Mary Helgesen Gabel (Designer)

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Title:Grief, forgiveness, and redemption as a way of transformation
Authors:Elaine Pryce (Author)
Other authors:Chel Avery (Editor), Mary Helgesen Gabel (Designer)
Info:Wallingford, PA : Pendle Hill Publications, ©2012. Pamphlet [PHP 416]. 35 pages.
Collections:Your library, Pendle Hill Pamph.
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Tags:bereavement, death, forgiveness, grief, guilt, Pendle Hill Pamphlet (PHP), Quakers, spirituality

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The human condition is full of grief and guilt, and there are various ways of coping with them. Pryce writes of a way that leads to healing, spiritual faith, and redemption. This is a profound and important explanation of how anguish and despair, seen through to acceptance, can open us to an experience of meeting the sacred, the ground of our being, in the silence and stillness. This is transformative, transmuting fear and despair, unlocking love, compassion, hope, and faith. This harsh but transformative way changes for us the meaning of life and how we live.
Pryce speaks out of her own experience and that of others, including George Fox and Isaac Penington. She weaves wise and helpful reflection through her tale of loss, grief, guilt, forgiveness, compassion, redemption, wholeness,, of courage, faith and grace. As I often find, the second reading offers more learning than the first. This pamphlet is helpful, I believe, not only for those who have experienced deep grief, but also for all who seek to understand the ways of faith and transformation. Pryce writes that "grief itself, experienced deeply with acceptance and acknowledgement, can become an inward sacrament, a communion that realizes the experience of the Spirit, awareness of the eternal dimensions of human experience." We must take care to pay attention to notice these intimations. ( )
  QuakerReviews | Nov 20, 2015 |
The mother, too busy to deal with her young son, sends him to his father. The father, too involved in whatever, passes the responsibility to the teenage daughter. The daughter, distracted for just a moment, just a moment, turns around to find him drowned. But this is more than a story of a troubled family dealing with their grief: This is the story of all of us who lock our grief inside and refuse to discuss it. Finding a way to walk the path to both forgiveness and redemption is one of grace. It may not be easy—each of us has our own particular hidden pain, often concealed so deeply within we hardly think of it, yet it is there. This pamphlet sheds light into those tender buried places and shows at least one woman’s journey to wholeness. ( )
  kaulsu | Sep 4, 2012 |
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