Lessons from the Valley
What We Learn in Times of Loss
Sunday, September 24, 2023
10:00 am, Sanctuary
Some of our most valuable life lessons come from struggle or heartache, as our journey takes us into the shadows of the valley. Ron Greer will be using the publication of his new book The Quiet House: Reflections on the Loss of a Spouse as a springboard to focus on the topic of grief – of how healing and restoration can come from engaging the mourning of our significant losses. The theme of this time together isn’t about death and dying but life and living – living on, as we travel through the valley and then into the world that lies beyond.
The Quiet House
A New Book by Ron Greer
The loss of a spouse is a devastating experience, but pastoral counselor Ron Greer invites readers into his own grief journey with messages of healing and hope. The Quiet House calls on the image of a home silenced by absence – alone in the quiet and the grief – but also speaks to the possibility of moving forward through the heartache of loss toward hope. Through an elegant series of personal reflections, Greer shares his path toward healing, restoration, and eventual transition into a new life that lies ahead.
Sunday, September 24, Dogwood Shop
Pastoral counselor Ron Greer will sign copies of his new book, The Quiet House, after his 10:00 am forum, and after the 11:15 am worship service on Sunday, September 24.
What people are saying about The Quiet House
“After a lifetime of faithful, compassionate pastoral counseling, Ron Greer now guides us through one of life’s greatest challenges: the loss of someone we love. I predict that this will become the book that we pastors will give to those who walk through the valley.”
Will Willimon, United Methodist Bishop, retired, Professor of the Practice of Ministry, Duke Divinity School
“The Quiet House is a must-read for widows and widowers and all of us who know them, work with them, or love them. As a seasoned counselor, Ron Greer combines that expertise with his own painful journey through the loss of his beloved wife. As a grief counselor, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.”
Judy Wolfe, MDiv, CT, BCC
“The Quiet House offers us something incredibly helpful – reflections by a married partner who lost his spouse of almost fifty years. In these pages, we remember what it means to be fully alive, to love, and to be loved. The Quiet House will shine a ray of God’s light upon your soul.”
Bill Britt, Senior Minister, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Atlanta, Georgia
“In The Quiet House, Ron Greer describes the awful life of grief and its painful grasp. He offers his readers the sure knowledge of the grace and peace that is possible.”
Bill Curry, retired NFL player and motivational speaker
“Ron Greer writes like not only the wise therapist he is but also like a poet, choosing words carefully, making you want to read many sentences one more time. His journey may be unique, but the heart of it is universal, helping you see that you are not alone. In sharing about his own loss, he encourages us to surrender to a healthy grieving process which can lead to wholeness, if we let God and others in.”
Claire O. Bowen, HR Specialist
Ronald J. Greer, Th.m.
Director & Counselor
Ron Greer, Director, has been with the Pastoral Counseling Service for over thirty years. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and licensed by the State of Georgia as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
He received his Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and a Th. M. in pastoral counseling from Columbia Theological Seminary.
Ron is the author of five books:
- The Quiet House
- The Path of Compassion
- If You Know Who You Are, You’ll Know What To Do – Living with Integrity
- Now That They Are Grown – Successfully Parenting Your Adult Children
- Markings on the Windowsill – A Book About Grief That’s Really About Hope
For more information, please visit ronaldjgreer.com.