Surviving One Bad Year

7 Spiritual Strategies to Lead You to a New Beginning

Surviving One Bad Year

Spiritual Strategies for a
New Beginning

Loss has many names --
divorce, death, illness, bankruptcy, depression,
disappointment, betrayal, job loss, and more.
And as we experience these losses, we sometimes wonder how we will survive.

Whether you are reeling from the blow of an immediate crisis or in need of help to sustain you for the long haul, you will find spiritual strength and practical strategies on every page of this book.

Purposefully designed to meet you where you are on any given day of need, this book is divided into two parts:
PART 1 offers emergency tactics to help you keep your head above water when a huge wave of pain threatens to pull you under. PART 2 reveals seven strategies to help you navigate the stormy waters and make it safely to a peaceful shore.

Some days, all your heart can take in may be one simple thought. At those times, you can easily flip through the pages and find...

encouraging Bible verses and inspirational quotes -- set off, centered, and easy to find.
At other times, you may need to soak up...

practical help and biblical teachings.
share in stories of others who have also gone through pain.

These are here for you as well.

When difficult times come -- and they come to us all -- it helps to know that

you are not alone,
that you will survive,
and that there will be an end to your crisis.

This book is dedicated to you, as you find that hope and help to survive your bad year.
  • Howard Books | 
  • 208 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439103241 | 
  • October 2009
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Surviving One Bad Year includes an introduction by and Q&A with author Nancie Carmichael and discussion questions for each chapter. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. 


Introduction From the Author

I am one of seven children, born to wheat and cattle ranchers in northern Montana. Mom and Dad, stalwarts in the community and our church, gifted me with a childhood under the Big Sky. I spent a lot of time outside, seeing the Rocky Mountains of Glacier Park off to the west…hearing meadowlarks and red-winged blackbirds in spring…going to a country school all eight grades, memorizing poetry…taking piano lessons…being a bookworm, not having a TV. These things shaped me: To this day, I love being outside—watching for birds, savoring the seasons. My husband and I live in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, and I love nothing more than to walk along the Metolius River near our home, or hike in the mountains with friends and family. And I still love playing my piano, a form of journaling for me. And I’m still a “bookwormR see more

About the Author

Nancie Carmichael

Nancie Carmichael and her husband, Bill, were the founding publishers of Christian Parenting Today, Virtue, and Parents of Teenagers magazines, with a combined readership of over one million. Nancie is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books. For thirty-five years, she and her husband have conducted conferences across the U.S. and Canada on marriage, family, parenting, and leadership. She and her husband have five children and seven grandchildren.