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The Widow's Might
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Publisher:  CSN ISBN-10:  159352255X


Copyright:  2006

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The Widow's Might

A powerful book that can help to bring the grieving widow and those suffering
loss from tears to victorious living," says Dr. Cherie Brown. In her journey to learn how to cope with the loss of two husbands Cherie found that her strength came from her growing relationship with her Creator. The Widow's Might is a survivor's guide that will walk with the person suffering loss through the grieving process.

They will learn how to choose life and begin experiencing joy in the place of
sadness as they apply some basic principles from God's Word.

From the Introduction: "...Biblical widows were strong, intelligent, beautiful, inspirational, determined, and focused; they raised children that changed the history of the world. These women have given us many powerful and encouraging examples. Through their lives we learn that widowhood is not the end of our success, but it should be the beginning of a new and God-focused life. God knew when we married our spouses that we would be without them one day. He knew the pain and hardships we would face, and He knew the questions we would want answered. God allowed me grace, and as I make the perpetual journey on this earth that is taking me to His understanding, I find that being a widow is a unique and special calling. Yes, calling. Ephesians 1:18 says, The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. The widow’s might is the hope spoken of here…the hope of God’s promise for us according to His purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. In The Widow’s Might we will discover that Tamar was twice widowed, and because she understood her rights of inheritance and the laws of the land, she obtained an heir. Judah said that she had been more righteous than he, because he did not give her his son Shelah (Gen. 38:26). We are reminded that Naomi, Ruth, and Orpah were all widows, and Ruth married Boaz. Boaz was from house of Pharez, the son of Tamar and Judah. Ruth gave Boaz a son, Obed, who was the father of Jesse, the father of David." (pg. vi.) "...While discussing these godly women, I have shared the pain and victory relating to the deaths of my late husbands. My prayer and hope is that you will gain strength and grow in the Lord, who is the widow’s might. Jesus is our strength, and after all, “It’s all about HIM.” (pg. vii.)     

OK, one of my favorite things was football, and the thoughts of Dennis did help get me through the moment. As I relived our conversations, I felt better—but only for a minute; then the hurting was back. This time it was the one that depletes your spirit. Yes, that’s it, the one that starts in your head right behind your eyes and swells like the ripples at sea and finally explodes in huge waves crashing on the beach...the agony that somehow transforms itself into tears and spills out of your eyes with just enough moisture to rehydrate the pathways in your makeup made during the last episode of grief.

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Dear Dr. Brown:

"Thank you for the opportunity to review your wonderful new book, The Widow's Might. First, let me say that I love the title! It is an attention grabber because so many will say to themselves,
“Oh my gosh, she put 'might' instead of 'mite'." But then, as they look at the cover closer... and read the description on the back cover, they will KNOW that you have a new message to give which
win cause them to shift their thinking from the traditional story of 'The Widow's Mite'...

Your catchy titles continue throughout the various chapters of the book, and then you supply the reader with profound insights in your text, many of a painfully open nature from your own personal experiences, such as “…right after Dennis died I had a very difficult time waking up." You personal sharings remind me a bit of Caitlin Thomas, who after the death of her poet husband, Dylan Thomas, wrote a book entitled Leftover Life to Live." Your chapter title, "Breakfast for One?" has that same, plaintive revelation to it. In another place, you write of the "morning sickness" you had for a year. At the end of your first shocking chapter, you write. I decided to become the victor and not the victim." And so, The Widow's Might journey begins...

As a writer of over 80 books myself, I especially enjoyed your ability to write and convey your various stages of re-emergence. One sentence I particularly enjoyed was, "Permission to grieve, granted." In another part you write, “When he died, I lost my life partner, the one who could tell me why I came in a room when I had completely forgot ... " In your “A Letter to a Friend" you give some practical, hard-learned lessons on how to interact with someone who has just suffered a loss...

In summary, you have written an intensely personal, insightful and Scripturally sound solution for every widow.

As a voracious reader and lover of good books, I am humbled by your powerful accomplishment!"

Fort Wayne Indiana
"As a leader of the Women's Ministries in my local church, I was so thankful to be able to review this book. It gave me clear direction on how to show compassion to those who have lost their mate. It has given me the confidence that I can 'do the right thing' when it comes to ministering to widows."

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Reviewed by Julie Donner Andersen 8/21/2007
Sounds like a much-needed book! Hopefully, it also discusses moving beyond bereavement and opening your heart to the possibility of new love. If so, this book would pair perfectly with my own book about falling in love with, and marrying, a widowed person!

Congratulations, Cherie!

Reviewed by Cherie Drew 12/12/2006
It is like the proverbial elephant in the room. And of all the fine "specialty ministries" that exist today no one has truly spoken clearly and passionately about the spiritual, emotional, and very personal effects of widowhood.

When we say "until death do us part," the thought that we may have to someday bury the love of our lives is the farthest thing from our minds. But sadly enough, if the Lord delays His coming, widowhood is not only possible- it is a quite probable.

In this thoughtful, provocative, and extremely insightful book, Dr. Brown expresses a compassionate bed-side manner as she provides us a road map for facing life after one of its most tender terminal points: the death of a spouse.

May this book bring you insight, and if necessary, help you heal from the permanency of your widowhood. But more importantly, my prayer is that you will discover The Widow's Might. Thank you Dr. Brown! The world has been waiting for this book.

Pastor Hart Ramsey

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