Friday, September 17, 2021

Do You Like to Write? Free Book!

      I'm thinking about a Thanksgiving article for my "Widows Path" column in Plain Values magazine--and I think my readers would love to hear from some of you.

  • What are you thankful for this year?
  • How have you grown spiritually because of your suffering and/or the loneliness of widowhood?
  • In what ways has God shown up this year?
  • How have your values and perspectives changed?
  • I'm not saying we're thankful that our husband's are gone, but rather---what breath of thanks has God awakened within you this year?
Select one of these questions, write a paragraph or two (approx 100 - 150 words) and send it to my email If I select yours for the article I'll send you a free copy of my book, Postcards from the Widows' Path! But hurry, entries must be received in 2 days---by Monday, Sept. 20. I look forward to reading yours!

The following link takes you to my monthly column in Plain Values in case you're interested.

Or view the Plain Values website to see some of their other articles: Plain Values. Thanks!

❤ ferree

Monday, September 13, 2021

Stand in the Gap for Widows

Hi everyone,
Here's a tried and true widows ministry we should all get behind and promote. It's based in Oklahoma, but has branched out to some other states. If you've been helped by Stand In The Gap, I'd love to hear from you! Please make a comment here or email me at If you want to reach the people at Stand In The Gap, it's best to use the link to their website. Just scroll down a few lines and you'll see it. 

Here is a video to share:

Here's their website: Stand in the Gap Ministries. And, as usual, if you receive this by email and the video does not show up, just click on the TITLE of this post. That should take you to the actual blog site where you can view it.  ❤ ferree

Friday, September 10, 2021

9/11 Widow Jennifer Sands on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Hi Everyone, 
(On a personal note, I have to tell you that Jennifer wrote a beautiful intro to my book, Postcards from the Widows Path. We've met several times and I always love our conversations. I hope you'll get to hear her speak or read her books some time. OH! You could listen to her right now in this video!) 

Jennifer Sands has an amazing message for the terrorists who murdered her husband and so many others, because she knows her amazing Savior! Gave me goosebumps!  ❤   ferree

 If this arrives in your email without Jennifer's video, click the title to get to the blog itself so you can view it. Use the same link to find the tab for my bookstore in case you need a copy of my book, Postcards from the Widows' Path. Thank you!

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Online Widows Group Starts Sept. 9

I can't say enough about Lori Bohning! She's a certified Life After Loss facilitator, a Christian Life Coach, founder of Beauty from Ashes widows ministry, and brings a wide range of educational and international experience to the table. 

But most of all, she's a widow herself who has worked through the deep heartaches of losing her husband to cancer while she still has children at home. She's seen the Lord active and at work in her own life; in her quiet way she knows He is faithful and will help you too. And---- she's just plain nice and so easy to talk with. 

If you seek growth through your experience of widowhood, and want to glean all the good that you can from it, visit Beauty from Ashes and consider all that Lori has to offer--- from this free Life After Loss session to the personal coaching packages. Which would be the best fit for you?

Life After Loss has limited enrollment, so don't wait too long! Click here: Beauty from Ashes.

The following is from the Beauty from Ashes website, but you must use the contact form on that website to sign up. Please direct all questions to Lori as well. I am travelling over the next couple days and I'm sorry, but I won't be able to respond. What I do know is that this would be a wonderful encouragement for anyone who can join. 
💗 ferree

Life After Loss

6 Week Session

New Session Begins: 

Thursdays, Sept 9th - Oct 14th

12:00pm to 1:30pm. (CST)

Life After Loss is a 6 week program designed to give a widow an opportunity to focus deeply on her grief and loss. Healing begins when we process and walk through our grief, as painful as it may be. The session will be a combination of teaching, discussion, and learning activities. It will be weekly, for 1 hour, 1-8 ladies. The desire is to offer this to all widows, so this will be a virtual ZOOM program. A ZOOM link will be sent at the time of registration. It will be taught by a certified LAL facilitator with knowledge of bereavement and grief support. Attending all six sessions is most beneficial, therefore no new participants are accepted after the second session.

  • What to expect
  • The process of grief
  • Living with memories
  • Needs when you are grieving
  • Honoring special occasions
  • What now?

Contact us for upcoming dates. This is free for all widows.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Book Drawing Winner Is...

There were 29 entries for the drawing this week, and I'm sorry I only had one book to give away. You can find out more about getting your own copy of "A Way in the Wilderness," for only $12.99 at the author's website:
If you subscribe to her newsletter, you may even get started reading the first chapter right away! (Oooops, the first chapter is not available at the moment so the subscribe button does not work. Sorry, I just found out the web developer has been working on it).

The book is also available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The paperback version is $16.99. Amazon carries a Kindle version for $4.99, or it might be free if you have their app. 

I don't know when another drawing will be, but please let me know if you like hearing about books that other widows have written. I can tell that you'd like to win them! 😀 God bless you, and have a sweet weekend. 💗 ferree
I'm reaching into the jar
to draw the name of our winner
My friend Peppy keeps
an eye on me
At last, one name is

The winner of this week's featured book, "A Way in
the Wilderness" is...
Karren N. in Missouri! 
I've notified her and the book is in the mail!

Monday, August 23, 2021

A Way In the Wilderness - Drawing for Free Book

Cover artwork by 
Rachel's daughter
Widows, do you want to stop being afraid that your life is ruined? “A Way in the Wilderness” can help us
all to accept our brokenness and transform our fears.

When I first met Rachel Moore online shortly after her husband died in 2012, she seemed so fragile, wild and ready to snap. I didn’t know she was experiencing PTSD but it all makes sense now that I've read her book.

Against the beautiful backdrops of Mexico where she and Gary were missionaries, and Colorado, where God lead her to eventually begin to rebuild, Rachel tells her story and brings to light treasures of insight from facing grief and devastation. This book is risky, and honest, and one you do not want to put down. I loved it. For more details see inside pages and other reviews here.

Carefully note, in chapter 11, her take on the “God is your husband,” idea from Isaiah 54, popular with many widows. Rachel considers this topic in what I believe is an honest, but not sentimental,  interpretation of the Bible text. (And it's very touching and personal reading, not at all an academic interpretation, as you might find in seminary). I only mention it because I know that some widows who revel in the idea that God is their husband, might jump to disappointments and misunderstandings if they do not read the entire chapter. Once you read the entire chapter, however, you can rejoice over the magnificence with which God does love and care for widows and you'll have a much better understanding of Isaiah 54:4-5. 

Would you like a chance to own my copy of A Way in the Wilderness? (It's autographed to me from Rachel, so it has been read once, but it's like new). Email your name and mailing address to On Friday, friends and I will draw a name from all the emails received, and I'll drop it in the mail to you on Saturday. Be sure to include your mailing address because I won't have time this week to come back to ask you for it! 

Have a lovely week. 💗 ferree

P.S. When I mentioned I'd like to give this away this summer, Rachel was thrilled. The more who read it, the better! Keep watching for other book give-aways in weeks to come!