Beauty to Comfort the Grieving: An Interview with Kaitlin Wernet


Kaitlin WernetWhen an individual is grieving, what should really we say? How can we assist? How do we comfort devoid of providing shallow platitudes? What does the Bible imply when it says our assist comes from the Lord? Scripture bargains plainly and honestly with suffering and simultaneously points individuals to the wealthy hope we uncover in God.

Bible Gateway interviewed Kaitlin Wernet (@KaitlinWernet), who, along with Caleb Faires, Rebecca Faires, and Cymone Wilder, wrote and developed The Book of Comforts: Genuine Encouragement for Tough Instances (Zondervan, 2019).

What will need amongst individuals does this book satisfy?

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Kaitlin Wernet: We all will need comfort. When we’re in discomfort, we do not often know exactly where to turn or what to think. When our loved ones encounter loss or hardship, it is challenging to know what to say. The Book of Comforts was born from the concept that no matter our discomfort or situations, Scripture provides the only correct consolation for our grief and disappointments.

There are a lot of books readily available for the grieving, providing relatable individual stories or recommendations of how to commence the healing procedure. But they are not generally books we want to show on our coffee table or talk about with our mates, which only leads to much more isolation and discomfort. Our team—a group of writers and artists you might recognize as contributors to the She Reads Truth Bible—set out to generate a lovely book that sets suffering in the truest gospel-context of beauty from ashes and the turning point of redemption.

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, She Reads Truth: An Interview with Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams]

My co-authors Caleb Faires, Rebecca Faires, Cymone Wilder, and I developed The Book of Comforts as a indicates of providing a very simple way to stroll by means of every day difficulty, aided by the truth of the a single factor that will under no circumstances change—God’s Word.

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How does the Bible present comfort for grief?

Kaitlin Wernet: The Bible is the only factor to present genuine comfort on each a massive-image scale—where God is redeeming all points and setting them ideal once again for his glory—and a smaller sized-image scale—where he understands our sorrows, grieves with us, and walks with us by means of our discomfort.

What should really individuals say when an individual is grieving? What is the most effective way to assist devoid of providing shallow platitudes?

Kaitlin Wernet: Very first of all, you have got it absolutely appropriate: you have to say one thing, even if it is, “I do not know what to say ideal now, but I’m right here for you.” In nearly just about every tough moment, the present of genuinely displaying up will speak the loudest. Even if an individual has knowledgeable grief ahead of, every single loss brings new reactions or waves of emotion they haven’t felt ahead of.

We are all awkward when it comes to understanding how to deal with this—your loved a single might not know how they should really really feel, and you in all probability do not have the ideal words to say. The most effective way to stumble by means of it is grace-filled and with each other.

And when all else fails, Scripture will often be correct. Texting, writing, or recalling God’s Words is a positive and go-to comfort when other words really feel shallow and cliché.

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What individual grief have you knowledgeable that influenced your component in this book?

Kaitlin Wernet: My younger brother Kendall passed away when he was 20 years old in 2014. It was (and is) a sudden and acute loss, a single that most days nevertheless stings with queries and knocks me off my feet devoid of notice.

I miss the way he’d commence just about every morning with an Eggo® waffle and finish just about every evening performing much more push-ups than the day ahead of. I hate that I cannot text him to ask the name of the song I can under no circumstances bear in mind the words to and that I’ll under no circumstances be an aunt to the kids he’d currently picked out names for.

I’m an older sister all of a sudden living the unfamiliar life of an only kid, and I want I could shield my parents from our painful reality.

And but, God is sort. God is faithful. He has grace for my doubt and shows me compassion when all I want is answers and I am hopeful in his greater strategy, even although I can’t see it.

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What is the present of divine consolation?

Kaitlin Wernet: The 4 of us who developed this book have quite various stories, but there’s a widespread thread that connects them all: Our worst fears can come correct, but the truth of the gospel will stay.

Exactly where our surroundings and situations fail to bring comfort, God is our divine consolation—the only comfort that lasts. He is our Correct comforter, and he can be trusted.

How do you want individuals to use your book?

Kaitlin Wernet: The Book of Comforts was developed from a wish to acknowledge the tension of becoming human in a fallen globe and what it indicates to hold each discomfort and hope. In my encounter classic grief books frequently have a couple of constant qualities—they’re isolating rather of recognizing the universal and communal aspect of grief, they’re prescriptive rather of pointing to the hope of the gospel, and aesthetically, they’re generally gray, black, or white.

Filled with lovely artwork and thoughtful essays, The Book of Comforts points to everlasting hope rather of overused clichés, whilst acknowledging each the aches of discomfort and the unwavering hope we have as kids of God.

We want it to reside on coffee tables, inviting conversation about the tough points we’d rather brush previous and the hope that is in some cases tough to see.

We pray it’ll be a refreshing present to these who are hurting from their loved ones who do not know what to say and how to assist.

We hope it’ll be a devotional you turn to every day or a book you continue to return to for reminders of God’s comfort.

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What is a favored Bible passage of yours and why?

Kaitlin Wernet: Zephaniah three:17 was the initially verse I ever memorized, and it is in all probability the a single I nevertheless turn to most:

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty a single who will save he will rejoice more than you with gladness he will quiet you by his really like he will exult more than you with loud singing.”

I really like digging into Scripture and seeing the all round image of God’s goodness played out by means of a million lineages, particulars, and stories. But this verse is a quite sensory and tangible reminder of who he is. When I will need comfort, I ask him to quiet me by his really like and bear in mind that he rejoices more than me with gladness, no matter what I’m facing.

What are your thoughts about Bible Gateway and the Bible Gateway App and Bible Audio App?

Kaitlin Wernet: Bible Gateway is such a beneficial resource for every little thing from comparing translations side-by-side when writing devotionals to delivering thoughtful commentary and references for my individual study. I’m so grateful for Bible Gateway, the Bible Gateway App, and the Bible Audio app and the methods they permit me to carry truth wherever I go!

The Book of Comforts is published by HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the parent organization of Bible Gateway.

Bio: Kaitlin Wernet is a storyteller surrendered to hope. Forever passionate about holding the tension of darkness and light, she is grateful for the Excellent News that acknowledges and redeems each. With a journalism degree from the University of South Carolina, she spends her days writing every little thing from marketing and advertising tactics and prizeworthy puns to nonfiction essays and She Reads Truth devotionals. Living in Nashville, Tennessee by way of Asheville, North Carolina, she’s often organizing her subsequent massive travel adventure but vows to only plant roots in cities that rhyme.

Caleb Faires was educated in drawing considering that childhood and he just cannot shake these early lessons. He has spent his life drawing and studied illustration, painting, and sculpture at Hillsdale College in Michigan. He has been fortunate to illustrate and design and style for private collectors, ad campaigns, and publishers. He also serves as a professor at New College Franklin, teaching drawing and sculpture. In addition to his artwork, Caleb is a contributing writer at He Reads Truth. He lives in a log cabin in Tennessee with his beautiful wife and 5 kids, exactly where he continues to illustrate and create.

Rebecca Faires loves the gospel story. And she demands it just about every morning when she wakes up to raise her 5 small individuals. Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree from Hillsdale College in German, and most lately worked as the managing editor and writer at She Reads Truth. She now functions from dwelling to reside her dream of writing and illustrating books with her favored mountain man. They perform from a log cabin in the hills of Tennessee exactly where she enjoys sitting on the porch when it rains, surprises gone terribly incorrect, infant hummingbirds, the Oxford English Dictionary, and acquiring in way more than her head.

Cymone Wilder is a Nashville primarily based designer, lettering artist, and in some cases photographer. She holds a degree in Art from Olivet Nazarene University, and has a expert, marketing and advertising-focused design and style background. She is fiercely passionate about creating meaningful and lengthy-lasting perform, drawing inspiration from the quite true and analog globe about her. Considering that 2013 she has collaborated with incredible clients–creating custom lettering artwork for established brands, bibles, books, apparel, and a great deal much more.

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