Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Last Day for Book Give-Away!

Be sure to get your comments in today for the drawing on Thursday. AND make sure I've got your contact info. Today's book for widows is my own! I'm getting it ready to send to the printer this week, and hope it will be available sometime in September!

Without giving away too much about it yet, here's the foreward for it that Jennifer Sands wrote when she read the manuscript, plus a few endorsements from some other authors and my blogging friend, Candy!

In the pitch blackness of grief and widowhood, this book is a beacon of light that illuminates the path of hope. Ferree’s wisdom, honesty, humor, and conversational tone makes us feel like we’re having coffee with a dear old friend, crying and laughing and trying to make sense out of our devastating loss. And she does just that. She makes sense out of it. By exploring the Book of Ruth, Ferree shows us the biblical model of how three women responded to the pain of losing their husbands. Come inside for a while… get yourself a cup of coffee and a comfy seat, and let Naomi, Ruth, Orpah, and Ferree show you God’s love, God’s plan, and the special place God has in his heart for widows. This is a journey you never would’ve chosen, but it’s a journey you’ll never regret… if only you trust God to bring many blessings from your brokenness. How I wish I’d had this wonderfully encouraging, valuable book in the weeks and months after my own husband’s death on 9/11. Nevertheless, I’m thrilled to have it now, and it is a treasure I can share with every new widow I meet.
9/11 Widow

Postcards from the Widows' Path
--Gleaning Hope and Purpose from The Book of Ruth
by Ferree Bowman Hardy
Ruth Gleaning by James Tissot, 1896
  • I think you are an amazing writer and have worthy, helpful insights.—Miriam Neff, founder of Widow Connection (www.widowconnection.com) and author of many books, including From One Widow To Another.
  • Ferree's own personal widow journey resulted in this book that every widow needs to read. The parallels between widows Ruth and Naomi and widows today are spot on and greatly worth exploring! There are many new insights that I as a widow have never considered. Candy Feathers, widow & blogger at http://reflectionsfrommyporchswing.wordpress.com/
  • Your book is a masterpiece, Ferree, and I will pray along with you for how God will take it and wing those words around the world.—Grace Fabian, Wycliffe missionary translator and author who found her husband murdered at their mission office in Papua, New Guinea


  1. Can't wait to get my hand's on a copy, Ferree. Perhaps I can get an autographed copy, signed in person.

  2. Very, very excited about this! ;-)

  3. Would love to read your book Ferree!

  4. OK---- I have the ground coffee in the fridge waiting to be brewed; my cup is clean and waiting to be filled; and I'm ready and waiting to read your book!!! Can't wait!!! Thanks!!

  5. So excited about this one!!!! It's at the top of my "gotta have" list!

  6. Congratulations Ferree! will love to read your book I know many widows will be blessed by it. Halima

  7. Not always have I commented directly about today's email (though I'd love to read this book!)...but it spurred many personal thoughts...sometimes the daily emails do that. Today my thoughts ran like this:

    How can one man have such an affect on one woman's life? He was the love and anchor of my life here on earth for nearly 27 years. My days routinely start with memories of him. Somedays I laugh and smile and remember happily. Other days I remember sadly. I know God did not send this man to me 27 years ago to according to HIS plan, take him on to glory, for me to be left in a sea of sadness and grieving agony without him here on earth. God asks (not demands) that I be a beacon for HIM while I am still here and promises I will meet my earthly love one day again. God truly understands, I know. I wait. What an awesome gift and hope from our awesome God and Savior! (ReginaV)

  8. You're all so kind! And Regina, I've loved hearing your comments. You have such valuable insights and sacrificial praise to God through this time of suffering.

  9. Ferree, I can't wait to read your book, and Thank You for all you have done for the "widow community".

  10. I am so excited for you, Ferree, and can't wait to read your book!

    Carol Harris

  11. The journey of widowhood is fresh and new as if it has just happened yesterday.Today is my husbands birthday. I am just numb. I am just sitting in front of TV watching Olympics. I don't have the usual excitement I usually do. My Hubby would have been 43 today. When life begin in the 40's my God and our God decided to take My Batson home. Truly He is God and I am not as my pastor preached one Sunday.
    Feree because my journey is still fresh, any other book that handles the issue of widowhood would be helpful. I cannot wait to read yours

  12. Dear Gertrude, Besides the books I've mentioned this month, for the early months of grief good books to look at are "Grace for the Widow" by Joyce Rogers and "The Empty Chair--Handling Grief on Holidays and Special Occasions" by Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge and Robert C. DeVries. Both are short--which is so good when its hard to concentrate, and both are very compassionate and practical. "The Empty Chair" is very good for facing days like your husbands birthday, special anniversarys, plus all the holidays. ((hugs)) I'll be praying for you today!

  13. :) Just let me know how/where to order a copy; I've been anxiously waiting to read your book for . . . oh, how long?

  14. ha ha Toni, it's been 6 years coming on my book. I think you'll be able to pre-order in a couple weeks. I'll be sure to get the word out when its ready.


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