The Gift of Encouragement

Restoring Heart to Those Who Have Lost It

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The Gift of Encouragement
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Published February 2013

Help others move through grief and loss with words of hope and faith.

Grief and loss are parts of living. None of us escape. How can you console someone when words can never be enough? In The Gift of Encouragement, author Marjorie Thompson offers practical help to give confidence and skill to pastors, Stephen ministers, congregational caregivers, and other persons serving those who need comfort.

With a central message on the importance of encouragement, Rev. Thompson combines practical how-to’s with ways for pastors to introduce the spiritual disciplines for more hopeful and satisfied living. The book contains prayers, scriptures, suggestions for how to begin practicing spiritual disciplines, and thoughts about how faith in God can restore our courage and heart in times of loss. This small book gives real ways to help as you make visits, write notes, find appropriate scriptures and prayers, avoid clichés, and walk with others through dark and searching times.

About the Author

Marjorie J. Thompson

Marjorie J. Thompson is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church USA. She received her Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from Swarthmore College, and her Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary. Following a post-graduate pastoral internship, she became a Research Fellow at Yale Divinity School where she studied Christian spirituality with Henri Nouwen and did independent research in ecumenical traditions of prayer.

Marjorie has served as adjunct faculty for several seminaries, including McCormick, Auburn, Wesley, and Vanderbilt Divinity School. She has taught in The Upper Room’s Academy for Spiritual Formation, and directed the foundational program for Stillpoint.

In 1996, Marjorie joined The Upper Room as Director of the Pathways Center for Spiritual Leadership, now called Pathways for Congregational Spirituality, and has served as chief architect of Companions in Christ.

She is the author of Family, The Forming Center and Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life. Her writings have also appeared in Weavings, Worship, The Upper Room Disciplines, and The Abingdon Preacher’s Annual. She is a widely sought retreat leader, teacher, and speaker in the area of Christian spirituality.

She and her husband John live in Kingston Springs, Tennessee.