God Created Hope

hopebookAnd God Created Hope

Winner, 2008 Independent Publisher Book Award

Gold Medal Winner of IPPY Award in Aging/ Death & Dying

Profound loss and the often completely debilitating grief that is its inevitable aftermath, can destroy even the strongest among us. Now, in And God Created Hope (Marlowe & Co. January 2007, 1-56924-267-4), Rabbi and longtime grief counselor Dr. Mel Glazer gives comforting form to a crucial insight: That some of the thousands-year-old books of the Old Testament are a source of hope for the most grieving among us.

Drawing upon the key books of the Old Testament, Glazer uses early Biblical stories as a jumping-off point to explore the main themes of grief recovery, including bargaining, fear, shock and anger, wandering, faith and strength, forgiveness, legacy, creating a new family, and preparing for the future. Glazer devotes particular attention to the “special grief of grief” that he recognizes can arise through a loss from tragedy. All along, Glazer illuminates the profound ways that early Biblical stories and their themes show us how to “lay them gently down,” so we may move through and beyond grief into a life of hope and fulfillment.

Mel Glazer, DD, DMin, a certified grief recovery specialist, has been a congregational rabbi for more than 30 years. He counsels, lectures, and conducts workshops in the interfaith community across the U.S. and Canada, and has written for theological and general interest publications. His work has been featured on TV, radio, and the Internet, and he writes a regular column for the Pocono Record. Rabbi Glazer lives with his wife, Ellen, in Colorado Springs, CO.

Griefbook-newA GPS For Grief And Healing: 3 Powerful Steps To Help You Move From Mourning To Morning

Once we are born, we start to lose. We lose people, pets, good friends, spouses, children, jobs and special relationships. Sometimes we even lose faith in ourselves or in the world itself. And when that happens, we are usually clueless about what to do and how to move forward. And why is that? Because our parents do not teach these lessons to us, nor does our society. We need to learn the correct way to grieve. Grieving means to complete the relationship with the departed, say goodbye (not forget about!) and to be able to move on to lives of joy and celebration.

A GPS For Grief And Healing is a blueprint for proper ways to grieve and move to joy. It describes what happens to us on the “inside” when our “outsides” become wounded. It gives personal stories and examples and gently coaches us to move rapidly through the three stages of grief (not 5 and not 7!) and to live our lives to the fullest.

We each have sources of resilience inside us that can be called upon to move us to where we need to be. Grief will teach you life-lessons, and those lessons will make it possible to deal with all the future losses that you will encounter.

Mel Glazer is a masterful writer and story-teller, you will enjoy reading his words and sharing his wisdom. He writes as if he is sitting down next to you chatting over a cup of coffee. Read this consoling and energizing book, you will be glad you did!



A GPS FOR GRIEF AND HEALING: 3 POWERFUL STEPS TO HELP YOU MOVE FROM MOURNING TO MORNING by Mel Glazer, Rabbi, D.Min., D.D., is an excellent, approachable resource for those who are grieving and in fact, a great book for people to read even before they have reason to experience deep grief. Written in an engaging and sensitive manner, A GPS FOR GRIEF AND HEALING would be an excellent addition to both personal and public libraries everywhere.

Potential readers who turn to the back will be rewarded by excellent copy. Although I’m not sure who “Jennie” in New York is, the testimony is nevertheless nice. I like the author photo and the author shows his credibility on the front and back covers with his education.

The book itself is wonderful and helpful. Immediately I understood why the author wanted to write this book, and the advice inside is helpful. The book is laid out well and easy to read. It’s a book I think people may want to read more than once. It also challenges readers to think about the deep issues of life. Although written by a rabbi, I believe this book is useful for people of all faiths.