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SACRED STRESS CHAPTER: A Radically Different Approach to the Stresses of Grief

Novelist Sue Monk Kidd observed, “The sorry truth is you can walk your feet to blisters, walk till kingdom-come, and you will never outpace your grief.”  When something we value is no longer available to us—either temporarily or permanently—grief is our natural response, typically accompanied by pain and sadness. Loss is inevitable for all of us, and no matter how big or small the loss, it usually arrives with varying degrees of stress.

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Stress is a part of modern day life.


This life giving resource is for anyone who wants to transform stress from a negative symptom to a potentially positive force for change.

“A thoughtful, accessible and readable guide…. I consider this a valuable resource both personally and professionally. Extremely readable, informative and helpful.”
Dr. Dale Atkins, Psychologist; Co-author, Sanity Savers: Tips for Women to Live a Balanced Life
“A must-read for anyone who feels overwhelmed by stress…. Empowers readers to both reframe and ‘befriend’ stress…. A go-to guide for fostering hope and healing in a stressed-out world.”
Rev. Dr. Andrea Mueller, Canon for Prayer and Healing Ministries, Anglican Diocese in New England
“Shows us there is more than one way, and a better way, to win the battle with stress. Equips us with the tools to change defeat into victory. A great resource for everyone.”
Admiral Vern Clark, U.S. Navy (retired); former Chief of Navy Operations
“Personally inspiring and deeply insightful, [will] touch your heart and guide your steps toward embracing opportunities for courageous growth and freedom…. Compelling personal examples and psychological insight. “
James L. Furrow, PhD, Evelyn Frank Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy, Fuller Theological Seminary
“I didn’t know reading a book on stress could be so much fun and so informative…. A totally fresh approach for turning distress into life-giving connection.”
Dr. Sue Johnson, Psychologist; Researcher; best-selling author, Hold Me Tight and Love Sense
“With creativity and compassion … show[s] us how to embrace the opportunity that stress provides for transformation and spiritual renewal.”
Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, Center for Action and Contemplation
“Helpful illustrations, theory and practical stories offer a hopeful and life-giving understanding of stress…. I will recommend this book to many of my parishioners.”
Rev. Anita L. Bradshaw, PhD, Author, Change and Conflict in Your Congregation (Even If You Hate Both)
“A thoughtful and compassionate book, filled with wisdom and kindness.”
—John Eldredge, author, Wild at Heart
John Eldredge
“A new voice and a fresh perspective on our most challenging moments. Read it with care and share it often; we would all do well to reconsider our response to adversity.”
Elana Katz, LCSW, senior faculty, Ackerman Institute for the Family
George Faller and Heather Wright’s wise counsel offers a whole new path to hope and healing for readers courageous enough to receive the gift of sacred stress.”
Ian Morgan Cron, Author, Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale

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The Authors

Drawing on their professional and personal experience as well as insights from psychology, neuroscience, theology and spirituality, George Faller, MS, MFT LMFT, and Rev. Heather Wright help us understand and navigate stress in our lives with more authenticity. With up-to-date analysis, real-life examples and spiritual practices, they explore the effects and benefits of stress and ways to honor its symptoms. They show us that rather than be trapped in the limited perspective of distress, we can use stress as a catalyst for transformation in all areas of life, including in marriage, relationships, parenting, sex, work, money and health.