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Encounter the healing presence of God through loss and grief. Find hope where you least expect it.

A spiritual companion on the journey of grief, Present Comfort reflects on the many aspects of loss, reminding you that you’re not alone, connecting you to the healing presence of God, and lovingly guiding you through grief into hope and new life.

 

 

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Your spiritual companion through the journey of grief.

 

In our modern world, we’re faced with near daily experiences of grief: random acts of violence, school shootings, natural disasters, global pandemics, job loss, divorce, losing a home or a friend. We experience heartbreak that is personal and collective, direct and indirect, the result of death but also the result of loss of any kind.

 

With so much chaos and uncertainty, how can we create space to acknowledge and process our grief – and find the deeper experience of love and faith it holds for us?

 

Present Comfort is a collection of meditations on modern loss and grief that offers you comfort, encouragement, perspective, and compassion for the many complex emotions and experiences encountered on the journey of grief. A spiritual companion through the grieving process, these meditations reflect on the many facets of personal and collective loss, remind you that you’re not alone, and lovingly guide you through grief to hope and new life.

 

Through Present Comfort, you will encounter the healing presence of God and find a new way of looking at grief: as a sacred experience that leads to a deeper, more honest, and more meaningful way of relating to God, yourself, and others.

 

 

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About Julie Yarbrough

 

Julie Yarbrough lives in Dallas, Texas and is President of Yarbrough Investments. She has written extensively on grief, inspired by the death of her beloved husband. Julie is the author of several books that address the practical and spiritual challenges of grief including Present Comfort, the Beyond the Broken Heart grief group resources, Inside the Broken HeartBeyond the Broken Heart: Daily Devotions for Your Grief JourneyA Journey Through Grief, and Secure in the Storm (Abingdon Press). In writing about grief, her premise is that those who grieve seek answers found only when they understand the personal dimensions of their own individual grief.

 

Julie is a member of the Board of Methodist Health System, Texas Methodist Foundation, and the Executive Board of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She is an active member of Highland Park United Methodist and blogs at www.beyondthebrokenheart.com.

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Julie Yarbrough weaves understanding, care, and comfort together in such a way that the seemingly intolerable becomes tolerable, one breath at a time. This resource provides everything you need to promote, establish, and conduct grief groups throughout the year.

Judith Bone
Director of Adult Discipleship, Brentwood United Methodist Church, Nashville, Tennessee

I wish I had had this marvelous resource available several years ago when I lost my wife of 48 years to cancer. Julie’s deep faith, compassionate wisdom, and unconditional love shine through her words to touch and heal our hearts. Give this book to anyone you know who has suffered loses and they will be comforted and strengthened for the journey ahead.

Dr. Kent Millard
Dr. Kent Millard
President, United Theological Seminary

In Present Comfort, Julie Yarbrough mindfully and compassionately shepherds the reader through the vast, precarious landscape of grief. By inviting the reader into her personal challenges with grief, Julie becomes a kindred spirit rather than dispassionate expert. This book transcends the realm of self-help books and becomes a ministry of hope and reassurance.

Dr. Stephen L. Hines
Dr. Stephen L. Hines
MD, FACP, hospice physician

Present Comfort is a rich exploration of the sacred space of grief. Filled with deep spiritual insight and her own personal story, Julie Yarbrough writes in exquisite prose to lead her readers through the “valley of the shadow” into the bright hope of God’s love, joy and new life.

Bishop Janice Riggle Huie
Bishop Janice Riggle Huie
Texas Methodist Foundation, Leadership Formation

Julie Yarbrough takes us on a thoughtful and sacred journey to the inner recesses of the most fundamental of human experiences—grief. Gently, she encourages the reader to release fear and examine grief’s complexity as an individual and communal phenomenon. For those of us who have wept the bitter tears of loss, this book is a welcome balm to the soul.

Dr. Maria A. Dixon Hall
Dr. Maria A. Dixon Hall
Chief Diversity Officer, Southern Methodist University

Julie Yarbrough attends to grief in a way that provides for us all. There is personal, private grief over loss suffered alone. There is also shared, collective grief over the large calamities suffered by all. Grief provides us a way ahead, difficult though it may be. And Julie provides us both thoughtfulness and companionship for the journey. These reflections and resources of the spirit reorient and remind us that we are not alone and not without direction.

Dr. Gil Rendle
Dr. Gil Rendle
Consultant, author & Sr. Vice President of the Texas Methodist Foundation (retired), author of Quietly Courageous: Leading the Church in a Changing World

In her newest book, Present Comfort, Julie Yarbrough gives us rich language to understand the complexity of grief. Weaving scripture with personal experience and insights, she invites us not only to face our grief, but to embrace it. In today’s climate, Present Comfort can be just that: a comforting companion for a weary soul, a reminder that we are not alone as we walk through the valley.

Rev. Lisa Greenwood
Rev. Lisa Greenwood
Vice President of Leadership Ministry, Texas Methodist Foundation

In Present Comfort Julie Yarbrough eloquently gives voice to the experience of loss, both personal and societal, and provides reassurance of God’s steadfast presence in each moment. Individuals and groups alike will find Present Comfort: Meditations on Modern Loss and Grief a powerful compendium for working through the layers of grief to find a place of trust and joy we thought unimaginable.

Rev. Connie L. Nelson
Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Julie Yarbrough’s extraordinary work invites us to encounter the very presence of God through biblically grounded insights into the nature of grief that engage the mind and touch the heart as she takes us on a journey toward spiritual and emotional wholeness. Present Comfort is an essential resource to help us faithfully and deftly navigate the path of life.

Rev. Robert Hasley
Rev. Robert Hasley
Founding Pastor, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Plano, Texas

In this exceptional volume of meditations, Julie Yarbrough has provided a fountain of wisdom, insight, honesty, and hope. This book of meditations can be diligently read as a whole volume or digested in daily doses to renew our reliance on God, who is with us as a present comfort in time of grief.

Dr. William B. Lawrence
Dr. William B. Lawrence
Professor Emeritus of American Church History, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University and Research Fellow, Duke Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition

With each turn of page, readers of Present Comfort will come to know Julie as a new friend who has a vulnerable, compassionate, and courageous heart–just like them. They will be informed about new varieties and components of grief in our modern world and will be comforted by hearing the presence of God in new contexts that lead them to live and move and have their being in love that is stronger than death.

Dr. Fran Tilton Shelton
Dr. Fran Tilton Shelton
Founder of Faith & Grief Ministries and author of No Winter Lasts Forever: A Memoir of Loving Bob and Loathing Alzheimer’s

Julie Yarbrough draws from her personal experiences and her deep Christian faith to offer an excellent resource for one who is living with grief. I commend it to clergy and counselors as they will find rich and helpful resources for their own vocations in working with people who are struggling with grief.

Bishop Michael McKee
Bishop Michael McKee
North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church

Julie’s newest work is many things: wise, biblical, poetic. But, most of all, it’s truly helpful. There are certain writers who radiate comfort. Julie is one of those. And Present Comfort could not be more timely.

Rev. Paul Rasmussen
Rev. Paul Rasmussen
Senior Pastor, Highland Park United Methodist Church

In her new book, Present Comfort: Meditations on Modern Loss and Grief, author Julie Yarbrough beautifully and masterfully explores the human experience of loss and grief through the spiritual lens of Hope, Grace, and Peace. She invites us to connect with the spirit of who we are and who we were created to be, inviting us to know the everlasting love of those we grieve and that they will always be with us in spirit and love.

Rev. Caesar Rentie
Rev. Caesar Rentie
Vice President of Pastoral Services, Methodist Health System of Dallas

With the rich resources of Scripture, poetry, and stories, Present Comfort is a marvelous exposition of one of the grand themes of the Bible; that “God is with us,” especially in the darkest and most difficult times in our lives. This is simply a wonderfully “hope-full” book for all of us in uncertain and challenging seasons in our lives.

Tom Locke
Tom Locke
President, Texas Methodist Foundation

We don’t get a choice about whether or not we grieve. When death or loss occurs, grief enters our life uninvited, a force that brings pain, heartache, sadness, hurt, anger, and confusion into our lives.

 

What do you do with these overwhelming emotions that feel like they have taken over? Is this all there is to your life now? Is there still hope?

 

Present Comfort is a spiritual companion on the journey of grief that will help you:

 

 

Encounter the healing presence of God through loss and grief. Find hope where you least expect it.

Find comfort and hope

Be reminded that you’re not alone and assured that grief isn’t the end of the road.

Encounter the healing presence of God through loss and grief. Find hope where you least expect it.

See grief as a sacred journey

Grief is a spiritual experience where we encounter the depth of God’s love for us and learn the true meaning of trust, even in the midst of pain.

Encounter the healing presence of God through loss and grief. Find hope where you least expect it.

Encounter the presence of God

Learn to recognize the quiet, unexpected ways God is present in every circumstance of life, at work in the world to give us victory over loss, destruction, death, and grief.

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Find hope and comfort on the sacred journey of grief.

Learn to see the healing presence of God where you least expect it. Find new life on the other side of grief.

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