O'Brien is highly respected and well established as a spiritual presence and
clinical guide for the bereaved. Through writing, retreats and the various
works of ministry, she has brought together life and faith, even with the
intrusion of loss, to be a vital presence often in a church that turns a
deaf ear to the bereaved.
New Day Journal is in its third edition, second or revised edition since in
the careful care of ACTA. O'Brien wanders ever so gently through the grief
work and grief walk, sensitive to the diversity of feelings, experiences and
beliefs that accompany one's very personal journey.
The book is a work book, yet it is an inspirational guide and friend. It is
written from her Christian experience, but so embraces God's love that it
welcomes all in search of that love. It is instructional for those who are
putting together support groups and parish based ministries, yet also serves
as a very private and personal friend for those who seek or must travel
By exploring the common "tasks" associated with grief work, yet without
making those tasks a required pathway or script, O'Brien helps us grasp the
depths of these losses in our lives, to see the world as it has become, and,
in experiencing our pain, to embrace this new world as we shape the world as
it will become through loss to life.
Special attention (in very healthy ways, something not always seen in the
church) is given to guilt, anger and despair. We claim our feelings and
embrace them so that life and Life can embrace us.
Rev. Richard B. Gilbert, Executive Director The World Pastoral Care Center