Thursday, August 1, 2013

Finding the Good in Grief by John F. Baggett (Review)

Finding the Good in Grief: Rediscover Joy After a Life-changing Loss

by John F. Baggett

(received in exchange for an honest review)



Genre- Christian Life / Personal Growth

Published by- Kregel Publications

Copyrighted- 2013

Number of pages- 160

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $11.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4319-0

In Finding the Good in Grief, the author, Dr. John F. Baggett, shares his story of the grief over the mental illness of his son and how he spiritually was able to make it through the grief.  He also included the stories of others at the end of each chapter. 

Five Steps are important for being able to move on.  They are:

1.  “Trust God and Rely on Others”

2.  “Choose Reality Instead of Illusion”

3.  “Resist the Temptation to get Stuck”

4.  “Recognize Moments of Grace”

5.  “Discover New Meaning and Purpose”

Also included in the book are Bible verses before each chapter and questions at the end of each chapter.


About the Author-

Rev. Dr. John F. Baggett currently lives with his wife in Florida.  He has written another book and has a PhD in psychiatric anthropology.  Baggett and his wife have a ministry which helps people find joy again after a loss.  His website is

My thoughts-

Finding the Good in Grief, by John F. Baggett, was an informational book about finding what is good in life no matter the loss you have suffered.

I liked the personal stories at the end of each chapter.  They helped to show how to put the information given in the chapter to practical use.  I do wish that so many of the stories hadn’t been so devastating.  There are many of us with less devastating losses.

I did like the Bible verses before each chapter.  I also liked the end of each chapter with the section called, “Your Story.”  This section offered questions and Bible verses to write about in my personal journal.

Baggett’s five steps separated the chapters into sections and helped me to learn how to properly grieve spiritually.  My favorite step was the last one, “Discover New Meaning and Purpose.”  I liked this section, because it is important to become a new person after dealing with grief.

I do recommend this book to those who are suffering from grief and need spiritual help.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Finding the Good in Grief: Rediscover Joy After a Life-changing Loss, by John F. Baggett, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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