Saturday, May 11, 2013

Getting Out of Bed in the Morning by Alice J. Wisler

Back Cover Blurb
Getting Out of Bed in the Morning motivates readers who are facing grief and loss to get out of bed and face a life which, although diminished by unfathomable sadness, still holds purpose and beauty.

Written in devotional format, Getting Out of Bed in the Morning is a companion for those going through sorrow associated with loss—whether brought to the journey through the death of a loved one, failing health, job loss, broken relationships, or weakened family ties. Losses are real and raw; they often make people want to give up, quit trying. Yet, as readers discover how their circumstances can be used to lift hands to God, and in time reach others, they will see how God can use them to be people of encouragement and find beauty once again in a life worth living.

These forty devotionals address the painful hardships realistically, as well as the doubt, worry, and fear that come with them. The pages are packed with tips on how readers should take care of themselves and draw near to God so that healing is possible. Each devotional includes reflection, prayer, and suggestions for those who want to integrate walks into their daily routine.

Read a sample:



I set out to write a book about me—my anguish, my loss, my pain, my doubt, my questions. forgiveness. Within those are His answers.

We often think it’s all about us—how much we suffer, how much we cry, how tormented we feel. But when we weigh all of our misery against His grace, His grace outweighs it all. God’s compassion is stronger, fiercer than our struggles, and His love more constant, radiant, and healing than any problem in our den of lions.

If you are early in your grief, you may not understand what I’m talking about. You might still be at odds with God, and while the title of this book caught your attention, as you flip through the pages, that’s all you liked. Instead I was pointed to God and wrote about His grace, His love, His faithfulness, and His That’s okay. God meets us wherever we are and no amount of disbelief, anger, or frustration keeps Him from loving His children.

It has taken me fifteen years, from the worst heartache of my life, to come to this place of comfort, this stream of beauty. And I never thought I’d be here.

When my son first died, I told God that we would only communicate in passing, like a neighbor I don’t like when I see her over the fence.

I almost wished I had had no past with God—no history, no conversion story—so that I didn’t have to be angry with Him for my loss. God would be distant from now on. As I learned to adapt to my heartache, I would not expect anything from Him again.

I am one who had to wrestle. Like Jacob, I did. I groaned and I fought and groaned some more. And through it all, I was surprised. What I thought I’d discarded for good, instead became a new song in my mouth. I welcomed a stronger, genuine, more realistic faith—a possession I keep within my broken heart, a gift no moth or thief can steal.

Each of the forty devotions in my book conclude with a section I title When You Walk. Here are a few examples:

When You Walk
Find a park to walk to and a place to sit. On a note pad, list what you know about God to be true. How will you implement these truths into your daily life?

When You Walk
Think of Job and his aggravation after his devastation. How do we comfort so that those we have come to help don’t belt out these words as Job did at his so-called comforters:

“I have heard many things like these; you are miserable comforters, all of you!
Will your long-winded speeches never end? What ails you that you keep on arguing? Job 16:2-3

Think about how you can use your circumstances and what you have learned through them to be springboards of comfort for others.

Think about how you can use your circumstances and what you have learned through them to be springboards of comfort for others.

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Author Bio
In 1997, Alice J. Wisler’s four-year-old son, Daniel, died after eight months of vigorous cancer treatments. In his memory, Alice founded Daniel’s House Publications, a grief organization, to help other parents cope with death. Through this organization, she created:

Writing the Heartache workshops, geared to help others discover the benefits of writing from losses. Alice is the author of five novels (two Christy finalists), the most recent being Still Life in Shadows. She lives in Durham, NC with her husband and children.

Visit her Writing the Heartache blog at,
her Broken Psalms blog at,
and her website at http://www.alicewisler.

To connect with Alice, go here:

Patchwork Quilt Blog:

Writing the Heartache Blog:

Broken Psalms Blog:
Amazon Author Page:


Facebook Page:

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Alice J. Wisler is giving away a copy of Getting Out of Bed in the Morning. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with you email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Nancee said...

Alice's experiences losing a child are heartwrenching, but to pick herself up and write this book is a gift for all who have experienced this same loss. A young couple that we know just lost their 22-month-old daughter to cancer, and I'd love to be able to gift her with a copy of this book. Thank you for the preview and opportunity to win a copy of this book!

Patricia Bradley said...

This sounds like a wonderful devotional. Beauty out of ashes. would love to win this book. pat at ptbradley dot com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this inspirational book by alice :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Teela said...

thanks for the giveaway Alice! teelayoung at hotmail dot com

Joyce said...

I have read some of Alice's novels and enjoy her writing a great deal. The characters are very believable, like people each of us might know.


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