What people are saying:

Incredibly insightful into the challenge of dealing with life changing events …

“Although I am fortunate that I am not grieving the loss of a loved one, I found this book to be incredibly insightful into the challenge of dealing with life changing events. Chronic illness falls into this category and I believe many dealing with life changing illnesses go through a grieving period.

“Judy’s positive approach resonated very much with me. We all know I love to focus on hope, laughter and learning to live beyond the challenges we face.

“In Stunned by Grief, Brizendine says that, ‘Sometimes, the presence of someone who genuinely cares is the only thing needed. Words become unimportant. Empathy, direct eye contact, and the touch of another human being speak volumes all by themselves.’ I found these words and many others in the book to be true and meaningful to me. Note: Judy is a Christian author and there are many references to God in the book.”
—Cindy Coney
Speaker, Consultant, Patient Advisor

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It is rare that I come across a book that makes me so excited …

“As a Bereavement Specialist with over 25 years experience, it is rare that I come across a book that makes me so excited.

“Judy wrote an incredible book to support bereaved people and I can only share that this book was the best! It is an easy read which bereaved folks will be appreciative of, and it was very well written from my professional perspective. All the information was accurate and Judy’s personal experience of losing her husband was riveting!

“I have recommended this book in workshops and groups that I have led and believe it to be one of the best on the market!!!! Thanks Judy for sharing your heart and helping so many in the process!!!”
—Leslie Delp, MA
Bereavement Specialist
Olivia’s House – A Grief and Loss Center for Children

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The courageous recreate themselves and their lives …

“Just as graduation is called a commencement and not a termination, one’s life is about the never-ending beginnings we all experience through loss and change. The courageous recreate themselves and their lives and enter love’s service because of their wounds. Read and learn from Judy’s experience.”
—Bernie Siegel, MD,
author of 365 Prescriptions for the Soul and Prescriptions for Living

Calm, steady guidance that resonates …

“From loss to renewal, STUNNED by Grief provides clear, inspirational steps to manage the death of a loved one. There isn’t a single solution, or prescription; rather, a series of personal thoughts and actions derived from Brizendine’s own experience and those of others. Everyone, from military spouse to parents and friends, will find calm, steady guidance that resonates. Definitely a book worth reading, as we all need inspiration to overcome our personal loss, and reminders of the joy of life and the strength of the human spirit.”
—Scott Rutter (LTC, U.S. Army, Ret.),
national spokesman, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

A book about grief unlike any other …

STUNNED by Grief brings purpose and direction to the painful grief process from someone who’s been there. Judy shares “real life‟ as she reveals how God can give you strength and courage to overcome tragedy. STUNNED will meet you right where you are. It’s a book about grief unlike any other.”
—Darrell and Stevie Waltrip,
founders of Motor Racing Outreach,
FOX Sports commentator and former NASCAR Winston Cup champion

Painfully honest, open, and extremely uplifting …

“This book is a true gem and a must read for anyone who has experienced the grief of a close personal loss. The author opens her heart, mind, and, most importantly, her soul to examine the devastation of her husband’s death and her ultimate triumph through her faith in God. This book is a true inspiration. She is painfully honest, open, and extremely uplifting in her writing.”
—Gary L. Malone, MD,
board certified psychiatrist and psychoanalyst,
author of Five Keys for Understanding Men: A Woman’s Guide


‘If only someone who has been here could walk me through this …?’

“Ready or not – the experience of the death of a loved one is stunning. Like being left blindfolded in a deep dark jungle, finding one’s way to a safe and familiar territory will overwhelm you with hopelessness. You might ask, ‘If only someone who has been here could walk me through this …?’ Well, your map and guide are within your grasp. More than just answers, Judy Brizendine will ‘red dot’ your heart’s location and give you a clear sense of direction and renewed destiny. You will laugh, live, and yes, love again!”
—Phil Munsey,
founding pastor, Life Church,
author of Legacy Now: Why Everything about You Matters

A warm and sensitive message filled with great wisdom, practical help …

“Out of her tears and personal grief, Judy Brizendine has created a warm and sensitive message that is filled with great wisdom, practical help – and a pathway of hope for the future. Make this book a gift to every person you know who is in the midst of grief.”
—Paul A. Eshleman,
vice president, Campus Crusade for Christ, International

Amazed at the insights and clarity …

“Judy has so eloquently portrayed the process of grieving and of subsequent healing. Reading her excellent book has released a river of Hope that springs eternal. I am amazed at the insights and clarity that she projects. Many will be blessed who read it.”
—Moses and Betty Vegh,
Ambassadors of Hope to the Nations

You’ll find hope, help, and honesty between these pages …

“For anyone who has ever walked through the dark days of grief – or knows someone who is there right now – STUNNED by Grief is a must. You’ll find hope, help, and honesty between these pages. Written by one who has been there, STUNNED will encourage and equip those caught in the throes of loss.”
—J.P. Jones,
senior pastor, Crossline Community Church
—Donna Jones,
speaker and author

This book is precisely written, candid …

“Loss is inevitable in life. How we respond to the grief that accompanies loss defines who we are and touches at the heart of our walk with God. Judy’s book, STUNNED by Grief (along with her helpful Journal) masterfully combines scriptural truths with practical tools to help guide us as we walk through those difficult times in life. This book is precisely written, candid, and a marvelous contribution to the Body of Christ.”
—Dick Eastman,
international president, Every Home for Christ

Every crisis interventionist, chaplain, and spiritual care provider will benefit

“Anyone who has experienced a critical incident in life — death, disasters, disappointment — has experienced the feelings of perceived loss and the resulting grief. STUNNED by Grief gives voice to the grieving person through awareness — empathetic, insightful, and hopeful. Every crisis interventionist, chaplain, and spiritual care provider will benefit from the personal experience, the practical helps, and the purposeful direction provided within the inspirational pages of this journey of hope.”
—Rev. Dr. Naomi Paget, BCC,
board certified expert in traumatic stress; co-author of The Work of the Chaplain

Asking the right questions and challenging you …

“Write! Just get started. You will be amazed at what is running through your mind when you see it in writing. Sometimes you will say to yourself, ‘What am I thinking?’ — and other times you will find yourself answering your own questions. If you can only begin with a few words or a few sentences … as time goes on, you will find yourself unable to stop. The STUNNED by Grief Journal Judy has constructed will guide you along this journey, asking the right questions and challenging you with relevant thoughts and insights from her personal experience … from beginning to new beginning. Now get going!”
—Billy E. Mauldin, Jr.,
president and chief executive officer, Motor Racing Outreach

Is inspiring, offers comforting solutions …

STUNNED by Grief is inspiring, offers comforting solutions to those who have lost loved ones, and helps them to understand the grieving process. The book is also a great resource to help family and friends learn how to better understand and comfort their loved ones who are suffering from a loss.”
Cynthia Martinez,
president and founder, Words of Comfort, Hope & Promise

Practical insights and examples of real-life situations that are seldom found …

STUNNED by Grief is an insightful book dealing with the facets of grief that everyone who has lost a loved one faces.

“The author shares her struggles and her discoveries during the months and years following her husband’s sudden death. She offers practical insights and examples of real-life situations that are seldom found in the professional grief books. I recommend this book for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one in recent months or years.”
—Dr. Joe Thomas,
associate pastor, Third Baptist Church

A practical tool …

STUNNED by Grief Journal is a practical tool to help during the grieving process. Writing and expressing one’s thoughts can help the healing process!”
Cynthia Martinez,
president and founder, Words of Comfort, Hope & Promise

Judy’s transparency provides insights and direction that will stir new hope within you …

STUNNED by Grief describes perfectly what I have witnessed and personally experienced when someone who is dearly loved dies. An overwhelming sense of losing all security and control in your life takes over — along with the fear that you will never regain either. Hopelessness sets in and becomes paralyzing. In the motorsports world, I have witnessed this occurrence more times than I care to remember … yet I will never forget. I have seen it impact young and old, male and female, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, children, and even very close friends. Regaining a sense of security and control is possible, but understanding that it will take time and some effort on your part is important. So where do I begin?

“Read on … Judy has opened her life to us all and her transparency provides insights and direction that will stir new hope within you, and encourage and inspire you to move forward step-by-step with each new day. I believe STUNNED by Grief is going to be a tremendous resource to many people.”
Billy E. Mauldin, Jr.,
president and chief executive officer, Motor Racing Outreach

An absolutely must-read book for anyone who finds themselves desperately trying to cope with grief …

“Judy – I am loving your book, STUNNED by Grief. Excellently written and wonderfully practical for anyone who has or is experiencing grief. We have decided to use it as a catalyst for a brand new Grief Recovery Support Group in our church.

“STUNNED by Grief is an absolutely must-read book for anyone who finds themselves desperately trying to cope with grief. This book walks you step-by-step through the stages of the grieving process and provides practical and tangible tools you will need to not only survive, but come through stronger than when you started.

“Judy shares her personal story of loss as well as thoroughly researched methods and solid biblical principles that carefully guide you along your journey of healing. This book will bring comfort as you discover that you are not alone in your grief and will also provide hope. A great resource for pastors, counselors, leaders and anyone who wants to better understand the grieving process to help others around them.

“I highly recommend this book and am using it as a main resource in leading a grief recovery small group ministry. I also recommend you use the STUNNED by Grief Journal.”
—David Good,
pastor, Trinity Church, San Antonio, TX

I have read hundreds of books—and I feel this is a very special book, not only about grief, but about life …

“I finished reading STUNNED by Grief this morning, and it is not only a book about grief, but a book about life. It is a lesson on how we should live, and how we should view life. It offers encouragement and practical guidance from one who has traveled and experienced the ‘journey of grief,’ and is for anyone who has lost a loved one through death.

“I have read hundreds of books—probably every book written by Norman Vincent Peale, as well as many of the books referenced in your bibliography. I feel this is a very special book. As I read it, I could not only see my own story of grief, the loss of a mother, a brother, a sister, and a son, but I could feel what the journey has done for you.

“I read Billy Graham’s book, Nearing Home, last week and while reading, I felt I was sitting at the feet of one who had the heart of the church in him. It was an uplifting book which brought tears to my eyes. This week I read your book, and felt I was reading the words of one who has a heart for those grieving and suffering the pain of loss. I know your book will continue to touch many lives just as it has mine.

“If you are grieving over the death of a loved one and have encountered a ‘stunning loss,’ this book is a must as you enter a journey toward healing.”
—Sam White,
senior pastor, Shady Grove Wesleyan Church, Greensboro, NC

Lovely and practical book …

“I first saw your book on the ‘hot shelf’ at my public library. It is a lovely and practical book for people creating the next chapter of their life after loss.”
—Lynne McCollum Staley,
grief recovery specialist,
author of In Death Is the Secret to Life: A Tribute Journal

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