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The Valley of the Shadow of Death: A Mother's Journey Through the Dark Days of Grief…to a Brighter T

by:
Judy A. Andres (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-3455-5 ©2006
Price: $15.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 242 pages
Category/Subject: SELF-HELP / Death, Grief, Bereavement

Her 18-year-old daughter was dead. Half her heart – gone. Yet the rest refused to stop beating. Would she withstand the journey through the valley of the shadow of death?

Abstract:
The Valley of the Shadow of Death recounts a mother’s perilous journey through the grief-stricken valley of the shadow of death. The majority of her life, she viewed the natural order of things as this: a person is born, grows up, grows old, and ultimately dies…preferably of old age of course. She was no stranger to death. Her mother had died when she was 7. But when death suddenly, and without warning, takes her 18-year-old daughter in an automobile accident, how does she go on? Follow her journey through the valley of the shadow of death…to a brighter tomorrow.

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Customer Reviews

  Brighter tomorrow , 08/25/2006
Reviewer: Ruth Bahr
Trying to find her way through the grief and pain has been, and still is, an extraordinary journey for this author. She draws us in and we walk beside her and watch her anguish. The pain is palpable. The depth of her love for her daughter is moving beyond words. She is honest and frank in sharing her faith in God, and her search for a brighter tomorrow.

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  The Valley , 08/30/2006
Reviewer: Colleen Quinn Harper
This author does a wonderful job of drawing you into her story and her pain and grief. I would highly recommend this read for anyone who has lost someone. Her suggestions and insights of how to deal with grief are the answer to, "I don't know what to say or do." Take the time to read this book and share it! I hope she writes more, Andres has a gift.

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  Death and Tomorrow , 09/05/2006
Reviewer: Carol Ferge
A well-written "can't-put-it-down" book from a mother who tells the story of her daughter killed in an auto accident in a loving and inspirational way. Although the content is sorrowful, the reader feels inspired because of the sharing of the author's faith in God. One feels that if this mother can get through this, we, too, should be able to get through problems in our lives. A wonderful book!

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  Healing and Encouragement , 09/11/2006
Reviewer: Ginny Johnson
Praises to the author for the courage to pen those words so filled with grief and sadness and then healing and encouragement. It's bound to lift the heart and bring hope to others who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Wish I'd have known Jenni. How comforting to know I'll see her in Glory.

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  Powerful, Emotional, Perfect , 09/28/2006
Reviewer: Corey Kanable
Who better to write this book than Mom. As a personal friend of Jenni, and someone who worked the accident, this book tells the story just like it is. It makes you face the truth and understand why. It also make you heal. If you have experienced unexpected death in your life, read this book and learn how to move on

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  Powerful, Emotional, Perfect , 09/28/2006
Reviewer: Corey Kanable
Who better to write this book than Mom. As a personal friend of Jenni, and someone who worked the accident, this book tells the story just like it is. It makes you face the truth and understand why. It also make you heal. If you have experienced unexpected death in your life, read this book and learn how to move on

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  A Mother's heartfelt journey... , 09/28/2006
Reviewer: Robyn Hamm
Being a mother that has lost 2 children of her own I can relate to that pain that Judy and her family dealt with and STILL deal with today. I also knew them personally and Judy does a fantastic job of giving you an insight of what life was like when Jenni was here and what it was like after she was taken from them. Thank's Judy for trying to "educate" those that just aren't sure what to do or say after a tragedy such as the loss of a child-don't turn your back on them, just be there....just be there! Fantastic job Judy and thank's again!

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  A Journey Worth Following , 10/03/2006
Reviewer: Barbara Royal
A must read, not only for someone who has or is going through what the author did, but for those of us who lack the understanding of how to deal with others who confront life after the death of their son or daughter. This author lets us follow her through her journey of the dark valley of grief to her brighter tomorrow. She does this by drawing us into her experience with her writing and poetry. The author adds gentleness and interest by including past poetry written by her mother, her own daughter, and herself. She imparts personal feelings, expressing her life and her relationship with others. Her book is important in providing support to help families and individuals during and following similar losses. She takes a positive approach in moving towards a purposeful life.

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  CIRCLE OF LOVE , 10/09/2006
Reviewer: Darlene Woldt
Walking with the author on her journey of living her life and then grieving the loss of her daughter reminds every bereaved parent of the path we have taken and how our life changes. The author does a remarkable job of describing the pain, the loneliness, and even the joy that encompasses her life. The Bible verses and the poetry written by the author and her daughter show the full circle of love this family encounters throughout their life. This book is a must-read for anyone who struggles with the loss of a loved one, especially the loss of a child.

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  Valley of the shadow of Death , 10/16/2006
Reviewer: Lisa Moe
I was so moved by the Authors strength to write a story so well written that I could actually feel her profound anxiety and sorrow building up inside my ownself as I read it. I cried and hugged my own kids afterwards. You truely can't put the book down until you are finished. I hope Judy knows she has now touched others with her book, and that makes her daughters early death become a reality to others and Jenn's spirit lives with us all now.

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  The Valley of the Shadow of Death , 11/06/2006
Reviewer: Theresa Oliva
This book was awesome. It was so inspiring to read a book written by a mom who lost a love one. She has taken negative energy and turned it into very postive energy. It taught me to live each day to the fullest. I really could not put it down till it was done. Thank you for publishing it!!

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  You really need to read this book , 01/27/2007
Reviewer: Donna Navlyt
Judy's book, The Valley of the Shadow of Death, said all that we who have lost children have tried to say and just couldn't find the words. When such an un-expected tragedy happens we are at a loss on how to go on living, the last thing we need is advice from someone who means well but hasn't a clue how we feel because thankfully they havn't been there. Judys book says all I've wanted to say to others and just never could find the words. She has in there things your not suppose to ask, and most importantly feel free to bring up the childs name who has died. My son passed away 2-6-2001, he was 15. I encounter friends and family that are un-confortable to speak his name for fear what I might do. I would probley cry tears of joy as this author has said, mentioning our kids is what we need. We will never tire of talking about them. For anyone who has experienced the death of a child this book is a true story of a mothers pain and a faith that helps her take one step at a time day after day for the rest of her life. For those who know someone who has lost a child this is a must to read to better understand our daily struggles, our pain, our emptiness, and how we will never be the person we once were. This book will help you to understand our daily struggles. I pray for Judy and her family as I know first hand the pain she has daily, I thank her for taking the time to educate others in writing this book. For those who knew Jenni personally, talk about her, share stories with others, let Judy know she's still in your thoughts. Read this book, it's a guide for those who havn't walked in her shoes and a comfort for those of us who have.

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  Very Inspiring and Touching! , 05/16/2007
Reviewer: CarleneSpruell
This mother's journey through the death and grief of her daughter was inspiring to me. Her story touched me in many ways because I also went through the death of a child, my son. Her story and faith will give hope and strength to many and help them know they can move on. Lives will be touched when you read this book. I could not put it down. The poems were so special. A must read book for those going through grief.

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  OPENED HER HEART , 06/04/2007
Reviewer: Janet Shaw
"Some of us draw into ourselves when great grief strikes. Judy Andres opened her heart out--and upwards--and gave words to her suffering and her hopes. Now she shares those words with others who are in pain, and those of us who care for them, in her book of poems and ponderings, "The Valley of the Shadow of Death."

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  The Valley, The Journey , 06/22/2007
Reviewer: CATHY NELSON
I went to a funeral a few days after I read “The Valley of the Shadow of Death”. The first thing I did was hug my friend and say, “I am so sorry you lost your mother”. I immediately thought “I cannot believe I just said that”. I will not spoil the book for anyone, but the chapter on how the author did not “lose” her daughter was just one of the parts about this book that just blew me away. Andres’ journey is inspiring and equally frightening. This is not a feel-good book where the mother bounces right back, singing “I will survive”. She went to such a low point that her family and friends must have thought, “We no longer have Jenni and now Judy is gone too”. By the way, I read the book in one night. I kept telling myself to go to bed and save some of it for the next day, but setting it down was not an option. It is also a book that stays with you. I thought about it the next day and the day after that and at that funeral….

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