Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Special Guest - Cecil Murphey & Liz Allison

Good Morning White Rose Friends!

As Kara posted on Monday, Holy Week is here, Lent is almost over and Easter is on it's way! I have only one question for you....What have you done?

Today White Rose Authors welcome authors Cecil Murphey & Liz Allison and their book, Words of Comfort for Times of Loss which is on virtual tour with Kathy Carlton Willis Communications.

About the book:

Through great personal loss, authors Cecil Murphey and Liz Allison have gained insight to share with others who are going through uncertainty, depression, and loneliness after losing a loved one. They also offer advice for those comforting someone who is grieving.

Among comforting paintings by artist Michal Sparks, brief stories, personal experiences, and prayers offer a meaningful path toward healing for readers when they: feel alone and lost in their grief and want to reconnect with others and to life, seek to make sense of their loss alongside their sense of faith, purpose, and God, want to honor their loved one without clinging to the past in unhealthy ways/

Readers are given gentle permission to grapple with doubt, seek peace, and reflect on loss in their own way without judgment and with understanding and hope. A perfect gift for a loved one dealing with loss and grief.

Table of Contents: *Little Joys *You're Not Alone *One Simple Thing *Accepting Help *Make It Go Away *Why Did You Leave Me? *If Only I Had *What's Wrong With Self-pity? *Perfect Grieving *Am I Crazy? *Material Possessions *Facing Those Special Days

About the Authors:

Liz Allison was married to NASCAR driver Davey Allison until his tragic death in 1993. Widowed at 28 with two young children to raise, Liz faced the long journey of pain, loss, and grief with great faith. Committed to encouraging others, she returned to her work in TV reporting, has published eight books, and hosts a weekly radio show. Please visit http://www.lizallison.com/

Cecil Murphey is an international speaker and bestselling author who has written more than 100 books, including New York Times bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper). No stranger himself to loss and grief, Cecil has served as a pastor and hospital chaplain for many years, and through his ministry and books he has brought hope and encouragement to countless people around the world. Please visit http://www.cecilmurphey.com/

And now.... A Few Words from the Authors.....Why We Write About Loss
On the morning of July 12, 1992, my husband, Davey, left home like any other morning—he kissed my forehead and hugged our kids.That afternoon I answered a knock at the door, sensing something wasn’t quite right. When I glimpsed the faces of Davey’s two best friends—they didn't have to speak—the looks on their faces said it all.

That day, after lunch with his race team, Davey had hopped into his helicopter and taken an unplanned trip to the nearby Talladega Superspeedway to watch a buddy practice. Attempting to land in the infield, he had lost control of his helicopter and crashed. Although paramedics airlifted Davey to a Birmingham hospital, sixteen hours later he was pronounced dead.

Immediately following Davey’s death, I had to work through my grief enough to plan his funeral and make hundreds of small-but-significant decisions, all while maintaining the time and energy to care for our two young children, ages one and three. Well-wishing friends hovered around me and frequently asked, “What can I do for you?

Most of the time, I could only respond with a blank stare. Looking back, my friends could have done many things for me, but they didn’t know what to do, and I didn’t know what to tell them.

I hope the insights I have gained during the aftermath of Davey’s death will help you as you struggle with your own grief.  —Liz
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Two weeks after my father suffered a ministroke, a massive stroke took his life. On the day of his funeral, my older brother, Ray, died of cancer. Over the next eighteen months, I lost two brothers-in-law and my mother.

On the Sunday after Dad’s and Ray’s funerals, a parishioner rushed up to me, hugged me, and said, “Pastor, I heard about the deaths. Were they saved?”

I honestly don’t remember what I answered, but I wanted to shout, “Does it matter right now? I hurt. I’m so filled with pain that I’m not sure I can handle the worship service today!”

In 2007, our house burned down. Our son-in-law, Alan, died in the fire. The next day, a neighbor pulled up in front of our burned house, got out of his car, and started to look around. “Where did he die?” he asked.

Through the years, I’ve met many like those two people. Maybe they didn’t know what to say. Perhaps they were so focused on what they cared about that they were unaware of my pain. Instead of helping me, those comments made me feel even worse. What I needed was compassion. I didn’t get that from either of them, but I can offer it to you. That’s why we’ve written this book. —Cec
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As you may know, my beloved husband passed away on August 18, 2009 - so this book & tour came to me at a perfect time. I am looking forward to receiving Words of Comfort from Cec & Liz.

Tour host, Kathy Carlton Willis Communications is giving away a HUGE prize for one lucky person so leave a comment for the chance to have your name included in the drawing! Just look at all of this great stuff...

Grand Prize Giveaway includes:


Books: Words of Comfort for Times of Loss *Heaven Is Real *Gift Edition, 90 Minutes in Heaven

More Gifts: A Journal, Pens, Potato soup, Oyster crackers, Dove silky smooth milk chocolate, Dove silky smooth dark chocolate, Ultra-plush spa socks, Large gel eye mask

This special grandprize giveaway is designed especially for someone going through a difficult time. The winner can keep or pass along to someone who could use the pick-me-up.

Hope you enjoyed these special guests! If you or someone you know has lost a loved one, this would be a wonderful gift.

Until later....take care, be Blessed and remember...Jesus is the reason for the Easter season!

Pamela S Thibodeaux
"Inspirational with an Edge!" TM





7 comments:

Donna B said...

Wonderful post. I've read 90 Minutes in Heaven - wonderful book! and Liz Allison is a beautiful testimony to God's faithfulness.

May God's blessings rain down this Easter!

E.A. West said...

Cecil, Liz, thank you for sharing about your book and sharing your stories. It can be difficult to know how to help someone who's grieving, but it sounds like Words of Comfort for Time of Loss will make it easier to know what to do and say.

May you both have a very blessed Easter!

Marianne Evans said...

What a fantastic post - and thanks for being a guest of WRiB, ladies! I'm in awe.

My boss, a devout and gentle-hearted Christian, unexpectedly lost his 22-year-old son three weeks ago. The grace of God leads him on - and despite a degree of pain I can't even get my head or heart around he remains faithful, and centered on God's goodness and grace.

May the ministry of your book, and its message, resound and draw more people to the truth that we'll never know "Why" and we'll never completely understand God's plan, but we can rest easy in the true and faithful mercy of God's hand - even in the midst of tragedy. Blessings!

Wendy Davy said...

Thanks for the heart-warming post. It really makes me think about how precious each day is with our loved ones.

Thanks for sharing your stories.
Wendy Davy
www.wendydavy.com

K.M. Daughters said...

Graces to you this Holy Season, and always, for offering a handhold for those who grieve. Excellent post - can't wait to read the book.

Shannon said...

Thank you so much for sharing this, you touched my heart today! Wonderfully done! May God's face shine upon you today and beyond and may He give you joy so abundantly you must give some away to others. May your ministry and book touch many lifes in a positive way!

Robin Bayne said...

Cec's work has touched me in so many ways over the years. This sounds like another great resource.