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Little Joey experiences grief for the first time in his life. The death of his beloved dog and conflicts with his best friend have opened painful questions about what is behind the emptiness we all feel at times in our lives. He seeks solace in the arms of his wise grandmother, where to little Joey and to all of us, Grandma reveals the God-shaped hole and what we can do to begin filling it. Joey begins to work through his grief and continues to struggle with his friendship.
But then, even Grandma's faith is challenged as everybody faces loss with the tragedy of September 11th. The depth of her spirituality is revealed as she gently guides Joey in ways to find answers to life's most challenging questions - especially in the face of unspeakable grief and conflict. Their dialogue about the core source of human suffering and how to overcome it brings profound and simple truths to young and old readers alike. Grandma's message is simple: Take courage - look into the emptiness to find the light. There is no tragedy so great, no shame so deep, and no pain so overwhelming but that the power of the human spirit can break through to the light.
We all know that certain emptiness inside. Sometimes, it can be haunting and familiar. Other times, it can be overwhelming. At a time when the emptiness inside will not go away . . . and mere beliefs are not enough, a simple story can answer life’s deepest questions... A story of September 11th . . . a message for all time.
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Granville Angell is a licensed professional counselor, in private practice, with a quarter century of experience in his field. Beyond his formal education in psychology and counseling, early and continuing spiritual experiences have fueled a lifelong study of the transpersonal aspects of human development. His early love of flying led to his coming of age as a helicopter ambulance pilot in Vietnam. This, and other life experiences, became the foundation for personal and clinical in-depth study of the impact of loss and trauma and the part they can ultimately play in human spiritual development. During early December, 2001, he served as a Red Cross disaster mental health counselor at Ground Zero, the World Trade Center site. Storytelling, as a healing art, is a major focus in the author’s work. Beyond a love of Nature and all things spiritual, writing, counseling, gardening, and ultra-light flying occupy Granville’s interests. He and his wife, Alice, have lived the past twenty-one years on their wooded homestead in Lincoln County, western North Carolina, where they raised their two daughters.
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Book Description Bookangels Pub & Media, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0967287200