"Little did I know at the time that I'd one day look back and remember it as the beginning of what I call our 'weeping years.'" — Ashleigh Slater
We all have "weeping years," seasons where the trials seem to come one after another. For Ashleigh and her husband, their weeping years included miscarriage, multiple job losses, feelings of betrayal, panic attacks, anti-depressants, cross-country moves, and even suicidal thoughts.
Loss is a constant of life, but the intensity of those years changed Ashleigh, altering how she understood and responded to grief. This book tells her story.
Braving Sorrow Together: The Transformative Power of Faith and Community When Life is Hard explores loss and trial in a conversational, storytelling manner. It gently encourages those experiencing grief of any kind to seek comfort in God and in the "me too" of community. Ashleigh gives an honest and vulnerable account of her personal stories of loss, as well as those of her friends, with reflections from literature and Scripture sprinkled throughout.
She examines the nature of grief and loss in several universal arenas, such as relationships, health, career, and the home. Anyone who ever struggles (and that's all of us) will be able to move through trial with more wisdom, releasing anxiety and receiving the help and comfort God so bountifully provides.
Readers of Braving Sorrow Together will be encouraged that they are not alone, inspired to reach out to close friends, and reminded that God—the Author of all of our stories— can be trusted through the tears.
Includes an appendix with further reflections on leaning into community in difficult seasons.
Praise for Braving Sorrow Together
Reading Braving Sorrow Together is like sitting across from the best kind of friend—a friend who has been down the well-worn path of suffering and can listen, empathize, and offer gentle guidance for the journey ahead. If you are walking through your own "weeping years," Ashleigh's book will free you to grieve your loss while clinging to the hope that you are never alone in your grief.
Editor of iBelieve.com
Braving Sorrow Together is a healing salve for the hurting heart. Ashleigh's words offer comfort and hope as they lead you to both trust in and to lean on the Lord for His strength.
Time-Warp Wife Ministries
Braving Sorrow Together is a powerful and practical ministry tool for the community of Christ, especially when its members need comfort and care. This book not only shows us what to do when we don't know what to say, it encourages us to fight the urge to run from the pain and suffering of others. Instead, we are empowered to forge strong relationships during the not-so-nice times of life, reflecting the gospel as we do. Highly recommended!
Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and New York Times bestselling author of Keep It Shut and Listen, Love, Repeat
Ashleigh hasn't given us a textbook or psychological treatise on grief—she's given us an armchair, a tissue, and a listening ear. With each story of loss, she turns us back to the grace of the gospel. Watching her grapple with her own sorrows gives me the courage to explore my own.
Director of Boundless.org and author of The Dating Manifesto
Grief and loss are real. They're hard and even harder to talk about. But in her beautiful, honest new book Braving Sorrow Together, Ashleigh Slater fearlessly wrestles with the hard questions, the nitty-gritty issues of grief, loss, and mourning. Filled with real-life stories, practical actions, and sound advice, anyone mired in the trenches of loss will find godly direction and wise counsel as they read this book. Ashleigh has walked the path and knows it well. Let her experience guide you and give you hope.
Author of Growing Great Kids: Partner with God to Cultivate His Purpose in Your Child's Life
Mother of GRAMMY award winning artist Francesca Battistelli
If you are struggling with grief or anxiety, you are not alone. In this book, you will find a kind and honest travel companion in Ashleigh Slater.
Speaker and author of Calm, Cool, and Connected: 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life
Asheigh Slater provides personally vulnerable insights in addressing an important, heartfelt need—the issue of suffering. She examines a wide range of difficult life situations, including relationships, health, work, etc. and shows how faith and community are keys to navigating this season. Braving Sorrow Together provides biblical wisdom, practical application, and true stories that will help you grow through pain and sorrow and embrace God's best for your life.
Susan G. Mathis
Coauthor, Countdown for Couples and The ReMarriage Adventure
Loss is a dark and painful reality of life in a fallen world. Ashleigh reminds us in Braving Sorrow Together that we don't grieve our losses alone. We need to brave our sorrows together with our church community, reminding each other that "loss is not a forever part of your story."
Author of A Heart Set Free and Closer Than a Sister
Ashleigh's ability to communicate the importance of braving sorrow while reminding us of God's love is a breath of fresh air. I have no doubt the words on these pages will encourage many who feel alone in their grief.
Cofounder of Learning to Speak Life Books™
As I read Braving Sorrow Together, it truly felt like I was sitting across from Ashleigh sharing moments of togetherness in a conversational way. In a culture where slowing down and acknowledging grief is nearly unacceptable, Ashleigh pulls back the curtain, allowing us to be vulnerable enough to acknowledge the pain of loss. She writes not as a spectator of loss but as a participant, sharing the truth that helped her and practical ways that the reader can come alongside someone who has suffered loss of any kind.
Host of the Surviving Sarah podcast
Braving Sorrow Together is an incredibly helpful and compassionate book for anyone who is hurting or suffered loss. And isn't that the case for most all of us? So many people go through life experiencing grief, disappointment, and heartache. Yet in spite of this camaraderie of sadness, we feel more alone than ever. Ashleigh Slater brings both hope and practical help to a topic that so many of us feel, but hardly know where to turn. Her book is one that you'll want to read for yourself, as well as give to a hurting friend.