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The Undistracted Widow: Living for God After Losing Your Husband (Cornish)

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Writing from a biblical perspective, Carol Cornish helps readers to discover how God is working in the midst of the deep distress of losing a spouse. She provides the reader with direction in finding true and lasting comfort in Christ. Cornish, who lost her husband of 38 years to lung cancer, encourages widows to use their widowhood for God’s glory. Ministry to widows needs to be a priority for Christian communities, and Cornish equips churches, families, and friends to come alongside those mourning the loss of a spouse.

The Undistracted Widow includes sections to help widows find renewed identity and purpose. Cornish helps readers trust in God, manage emotions, learn from both biblical and contemporary widows, rethink the past, present, and future, and prepare for what’s next. Pastors, churches, and others will benefit from practical appendices. Any woman who is grieving the loss of her husband, or who knows of someone in mourning, will find this to be a valuable resource. 

Table of Contents:

  1. Beginning, Ending, and Beginning Again
  2. Identifying Yourself Anew
  3. Trusting God
  4. Cherishing Christ
  5. Enjoying the Holy Spirit
  6. Gaining Comfort from God’s Word
  7. Learning from Examples of Biblical Widows
  8. Learning from Examples of Contemporary Widows
  9. Grieving in a Godly Way
  10. Managing Your Emotions
  11. Overcoming Loneliness
  12. Facing Your Fears
  13. Battling Your Adversary
  14. Learning to Be Content in Your Circumstances
  15. Remembering the Past
  16. Stretching Forward
  17. Distraction and Devotion
  18. Making Important decisions
  19. Numbering Your Days with Wisdom
  20. Learning from Your Widowhood

Appendix 1: How to Help a Widow 

Appendix 2: The Local Church and Its Widows 

Appendix 3: The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ     



CAROL W. CORNISH has been a biblical counselor for over 20 years and is a regular speaker at women’s seminars, workshops, and retreats. She co-edited and co-authored Women Helping Women, which was a finalist for the Gold Medallion Book Award.



“I read Carol's book because I knew her before Rollie died. I was confident that whatever she wrote about being a widow would be clear, practical, and filled with wonderful encouragement to keep turning to Jesus, and it was all that and more. My plan was to pass the book on to a widow, which I will still do, but now I will be sure to have a copy handy. It is a one-stop book that is as relevant to widowers as it is to widows. Neither my wife nor I are in those categories yet, but one of us will probably be there someday, and I want her book to be close by.”Edward T. Welch, Counselor and Faculty Member, Christian Counseling & Education Foundation

“Most wives will taste the grief of widowhood. For those who have been blessed with a solid, lifelong marriage, the processes of loss will be especially varied, prolonged, and exquisitely painful. Yes, this is the probable future for most of us; in fact, many of you may already be there. Painful separation is expected. What isn’t expected is the sincere faith and profound devotion illustrated on these pages. Out of her deep grief and deeper faith, Carol has written a book that will comfort, guide, and encourage you as you face the day—alone, but not really alone. Yes, these pages are tear-stained, but more importantly, they are stained with the blood of a suffering Savior who is walking with you now. The Undistracted Widow will help you see him, will draw your gaze up to the One who has gone before you, and will help you trust again. I heartily recommend it!” - Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, author, Because He Loves Me and Comforts from the Cross