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Grief is tough. God gives you eight gifts to get through it.

The weight of grief can stem from many things: losing a loved one, one’s childhood, a home, or a dream. Jesus understands your grief and your pain. He climbs into the pit of darkness and rescues you from grief with these eight gifts: Conversation, Forgiveness, Love, Hope, Faith, Community, Purpose, and Presence.

Equipped with these tools, you will be better able to get through your grief, no matter how small or big the loss you are facing.

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8 Gifts from God









Getting through grief at any age.

Two versions of this resource exist to benefit different age groups on their journey through grief.

Getting Through Grief Youth Edition

Youth edition

In this edition, youth are presented with Scripture readings, thought-provoking questions and challenges to apply their learnings in three compact sections: Word, Wrestle and Watch. Important quotations are highlighted to make the book more shareable via social media sites. Each section includes room for youth to journal and reads more like a devotional than a book.


Adult edition

In this version, adults dig deeply into biblical concepts and examples. Each chapter is laced with personal anecdotes and reflective prompts. This book allows readers to journey through the eight gifts using Scripture and prayer.

What readers are saying

“This excellent companion, practical yet profound, enables one to find hope through a journey of grief. Pastor Newman’s devotional writings, in tandem with relevant readings from Isaiah, assure the reader of God’s presence, love and compassion. Questions for reflection and prayer starters facilitate the journey. Far more than a one-time read, it’s tremendously helpful any time significant grief invades life.” Rev Roger Schlechte, District President, The Rocky Mountain District—LCMS

“Often, our times of loss are also great times of growth but getting to the growth through the pain can feel like an uphill battle. In his book, Michael Newman recognizes the gifts of grief, while still honoring the burden of grief that can be so heavy for the reader to carry. Getting through Grief is a devotional, a balm, and a tool in your back pocket for whenever grief challenges you. Each reader will receive doses of hope and care in manageable bite-sized pieces. This book would make a great gift for a friend or loved one experiencing loss, especially alongside the gifts of conversation and love highlighted in its pages.” Heidi Goehmann, author

“This book is a blessing full of gifts to those experiencing loss! For the grieving, Michael Newman’s Getting Through Grief genuinely identifies with feelings of pain and hopelessness. He shares words of comfort in unwrapping eight gifts God’s Word gives to support the sorrowful. Based on decades of providing pastoral care in parish ministry myself, I heartily endorse this book with its richness in biblical content, personal application, and pastoral insight.” Rev. Dr. W. Mart Thompson, Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis


Meet the author

Michael Newman has experienced and witnessed the wonder of God's grace woven into life that is filled with highs and lows, dreams and dashed hopes, unexpected twists and breathtaking surprises. He is husband to Cindy, father to two beautiful daughters, and grandpa to a sweet little granddaughter.

Mike has served in pastoral ministry for over twenty-five years and currently works in Texas to help develop new missions and ministries that bring people the gift of the life they crave.