Reawakening to Life: Renewal after a Husband's Death

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Weaving together the stories of widows of strong faith who have found rebirth, celebration, and new identity after the death of a husband. The stories are a living example of how widows can grow deeper in their faith when they remember the strong ties of family, friends, and fellow believers.

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Mary Ellen Berry is a business owner and retired middle school teacher. She lost her husband of forty-six years in 1998. Mary Ellen and her husband, David Berry, traveled extensively in Europe and Asia, including four years teaching in Japan. Since her husband's death, Mary Ellen has started her own textile importing business, Elegance by Ellen, in which she creates gift items and sells turn of the century laces exclusively through a Japanese speciality shop near Tokyo.

Carmen Renee Berry is the co-author of "girlfriends," which has sold over a half million copies during its fifty-two weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, inspiring a franchise of related books. She is the author or co-author of several other books, including When Helping You is Hurting Me, and has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows, such as Oprah, CNN, and the Early Show. Carmen Renee holds a master's degree in social sciences from Northern Arizona University and one in social work from the University of Southern California.

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Mary Ellen Berry, who lost her husband of 46 years four years ago, teams up with her daughter Carmen (Girlfriends; When Helping You Is Hurting Me) to pen this wise and valuable resource for widows. Relying heavily on first-person accounts, the Berrys seek to help widowed women discover their own identities as autonomous individuals and daughters of God. The widows interviewed include older women who were married for decades, as well as younger widows with small children. (The diversity in the interviewees' ages does not extend to other categories; a disproportionate number of these women were married to Christian ministers or missionaries, and they seem to be predominately white and middle-class.) The Berrys write honestly and with spiritual depth, speaking very candidly about the anger that many women feel toward God when their husbands are wrenched from them. They also address women's spiritual confusion when a prayed-for healing has failed to materialize. The individual stories help to bring the authors' points home; for example, a principle about the importance of reaching out and helping others is made tangible in an anecdote about Mabel, a widow who decided to host a dinner for bereaved spouses each Valentine's Day. Some themes could use more development; the chapter on finances, for example, comes up short at just 10 pages. Overall, however, this is a well-written, personal and encouraging guide for bereaved Christian women.
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