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Several years ago, I met Jeanette Levellie at a writer’s conference. We clicked. But then I suspect she clicks with a lot of people. She’s warm, giving, feisty and loves the color orange.

Now her book, Two Scoops of Grace with Chuckles on Top has been published (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, 2012), and these characteristics in her shine through it’s pages. I have been reading it with delight, for it’s a gathering of  laugh-out-loud stories. It’s main idea? The reassurance of God’s love and grace extended to us in all of our frailties. 

Jeanette’s book is good medicine for whatever difficulty you may be going through…even grief.

In her chapter, ‘From Hair to Eternity’, Jeanette tells on herself as she works through a bad hair day. She informs her husband that this is one area where you NEVER agree with a woman. She then swings over into God’s seriousness about that word never …as in  “Never will I leave you; never will I  forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)  Jeanette encourages her readers with, “I can’t fix you. I can’t even fix me. But I know Someone who can. He has promised never to leave us. From bad hair days to seasons of sorrow and destruction, we can depend on God’s promise to hold us in His heart and hands.”

Then there is the story about a wife’s false teeth ending up in her deceased husband’s mouth, and the wife’s humor in spite of her loss as she says, “Well then, I did get the last word in after all, didn’t I?”

I have no intention of minimizing the pain of loss, but we may well welcome a sense of humor at times during our grief. Somehow, it lightens the mood.

Do you have any humorous anecdotes during your “not so funny” time of grief?

For more of Jeanette’s stories, visit  her blog, On Wings of Mirth and Worth, at www.jeanettelevellie.com


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If any house has cornered the market on grief, I would think it would have to be a funeral home.

In Mary De Muth’s latest fiction, The Muir House*, Willa Muir, seeking answers to her past, flees back to the funeral home she grew up in. Though it’s now a Bed & Breakfast, her bedroom is still next door to what had been the embalming room. Could she hear the sounds of old as she stood on the “threshold of memories”? The last funeral there had been her daddy’s.

This is Mary De Muth’s most intriguing writing to date, rich with vivid word pictures. For example: “Mother slept on the line between life and death, steadily breathing earth’s air. Pulling it in, in light rasps.”

This book is about more than death. Willa sorts through the grief and losses of her past in order to move into a future of freedom. We too in grief, look for our “Muir House”…that place called Home.  

For me, Home is in the arms of God. Safe. Secure. Never alone.The author of my past, my present and my future.

Where is Home for you?

*copy provided by Zondervan Publishers

For more information on Mary De Muth and her books, see her website: http://marydemuth.com.

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