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Broken Hallelujahs: Learning to Grieve the Big and Small Losses of Life Paperback – 14 Apr 2016

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press,US (14 April 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 083084323X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830843237
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"In Broken Hallelujahs Beth Allen Slevcove gives us a beautifully written, deeply personal account of her experience of loss its pain and its potential. As I read it, I began to see some of my own experience of loss through the lens she provided. Reading her story is a hopeful encounter, one I would wish for anyone struggling with loss. And at some point, that will be all of us."--John Hambrick, Buckhead Church, Atlanta, author of Move Toward the Mess"

"Beth Slevcove has provided us with the quintessential primer on learning how to 'grieve the big and small losses of life.' No one would ask for any of these losses to come their way. Yet, in all the losses that Beth has experienced, she has and continues to be attentive to holding all before God, offering her own deep response to the pain again, and again, and again. Throughout the book we are provided with the privilege and opportunity to do the same. And you know what? Over time, we may discover that the broken hallelujahs in our own lives are the very things that take us deeper into the unbroken hallelujah. O may it be so! Thank you, Beth."--Maggie Robbins, spiritual director, coauthor of Enjoy the Silence

"Beth is a singularly unique person. When you meet her, it's clear there is no box to put her in she's equal parts theologian, mystic, surfer chick and earth mother. In Broken Hallelujahs, Beth invites us along as she explores her personal losses and her learnings about God in the process, offering spiritual practices that can help us do the same."--Elaine Martens Hamilton, marriage and family therapist, founder and director, The Soul Care House"

"The beautifully fashioned sentences throughout Broken Hallelujahs summon deep contemplation and provoke a wrestling with the realities of our mysterious lives. What is truly refreshing about Broken Hallelujahs is the absence of sentimentalism. With a timely cadence, this book moved me to tears tears of grief, loss and lament, but also tears of joyfulness and gratitude. Beth's willingness to be vulnerable and to call a thing what it is gave me permission to sink into the profound truth that Jesus Christ shows us it is truly human to sometimes cry out, 'My God, why have you forsaken me?' Broken Hallelujahs ministered to my soul like a balm of Gilead. I love this book and hope you will take care of your soul by reading this astonishing story."--Mike King, president and CEO, Youthfront, author of Presence Centered Youth Ministry"

"Broken Hallelujahs is a book to keep nearby when sorrow intrudes and you need a friend to help. Beth Slevcove has walked the way of grief and tells the stories of a traveling companion who knows the way. Through her experience and expert reflective questions, Slevcove nudges the reader to step out in faith, honor the loss and trust that God is near the brokenhearted."--Rebecca Laird, Point Loma Nazarene University, coauthor of Spiritual Direction

"This book provides a needed resource for anyone struggling to stay connected with God in the midst of faith-shaking turmoil and loss. Beth's courageous vulnerability encourages her readers to equal honesty, while the spiritual practices that close each chapter offer a means of experiencing God without denying the human emotions that accompany loss. It is a book I will read and reread, and one that I will share with others. For who has not experienced the grief and loss that are part of every life?"--Elizabeth L. Patterson, former associate dean, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

"I don't normally think of grief and beauty cozying up with one another. But that's the indelible impression this gorgeous book imprinted on my heart and mind. Slevcove with sometimes startling vulnerability and relentless authenticity opens up her journey into and through grief, shining a light on something far, far better than simple platitudes or greeting card perk pills. This book reveals truth. And it's the best kind of truth, messy and heart-wrenching and full of the potency of new life."--Mark Oestreicher, The Youth Cartel, author of Hopecasting"

"In Broken Hallelujahs, Beth Slevcove tells a brave, unsentimental and surprisingly redemptive story. She explores the way grief can both shatter and transform our hearts and offers spiritual practices that help readers authentically express and grieve their own wounds and disappointments. It's a beautiful, honest book."--Jennifer Grant, author of Love You More and Wholehearted Living

"Those who find themselves in the dark and disorienting cavern of loss will sense a true and faithful companion in Beth Allen Slevcove. She has spent a great deal of time in the dark and has not only survived but has learned to discern the subtle grays and cracks of light to guide her forward. She has tended her grief well and her life's journey has given her a deep 'heart of wisdom' that some people gain but few articulate so poignantly."--Jeff Johnson, musician

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“We can’t grieve until we’re able to recognise our love for what is lost. Then comes the process of learning to love what remains” – Beth Allen Slevcove

This book is remarkable – a book about grief that’s personal yet intelligent; rigorous yet highly readable; honest about grief yet positive. She writes engagingly, interweaving her own experience with good psychological and emotional wisdom, and because she’s a qualified Spiritual Director, her creative exercises and prayer suggestions at the end of each chapter are incredibly helpful and transformative. It’s good for people who’ve experienced any loss at all (e.g. job, hopes, health etc), not just the death of a friend or relative. She’s someone who has been into the pit and out the other side, and it drips with gentleness and heavenly wisdom. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does your heart hurt? There is healing in the words of this book. 1 April 2016
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We all experience grief. Most of the time we encounter it as a monster that tears at our souls, seeking to have its way with us in its dark and gloomy grasp. But what if grief serves a purpose? What if we learn to own our grief and find that the monster is actually a friend ... A painful friend, to be sure ... But a friend that ushers down the road from calamity to healing? In "Broken Hallelujahs" Beth Slevcove does what she does best. She directs our spirits to make peace with the questions that rock our world and rob our sleep. I read this book with great expectations and they were exceeded. I have to put it away now. It has pricked wounds hidden deeply within me. There is an alarm set on my calendar to go off six months from today, reminding me to read this book again. I must ruminate in what I read for a bit. And then I will read the words and do the prayer practices again. I have a feeling that this book, handled correctly, will do the extended work in my soul that is so desperately needed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 April 2017
By Nancy Jean Osborne - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book. So helpful.
5.0 out of 5 stars Grief 10 May 2016
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Beth has written a very personal book based on her own experiences with grief. She candidly shares her struggles with infertility, the death of her beloved brother and her faith journey. I would recommend this book to anyone dealing with loss.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great honestly and authentically written book 9 Dec. 2016
By Karen S. Wittnam - Published on Amazon.com
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Great honestly and authentically written book. Ordered several to give to others going through grief. One person's journey through several different kinds of grief.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 April 2017
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Great book on grief.
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