Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Gift of Presence

Someone gave me a book called The Gift of Presence; A Guide to Helping Those Who Suffer as a Christmas gift. The small book by Joe E. Pennel Jr is a practical summary of helpful suggestions to help people dealing with serious health problems or emotional issues such as grief.
Apparently the book is primarily intended for professional clergy, but it should be helpful for anyone who knows someone dealing with such issues.
While most of the information included is probably already familiar to professionals, the small size makes it handy for a quick review.
In my opinion the most helpful information is Pennel's advice about what not to say or do.
The Gift of Presence should be useful to many people who desire to help others.

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