For those of us who have said these words, “…from this day forward… till death do us part.” Or, “Congratulations on the birth of your child.” At those moments, very few, if any, will consider the possibility of bereavement breaking into their lives when not expected.

Norman and Doreen Christie said those words “death do us part,” at their wedding, and journeyed together until a fateful day in Spain, when Doreen passed away suddenly, leaving Norman shattered and heart-broken. He found himself numb, lonely, and wondering how he would cope without his wife and best friend for over fifty years.

Yet, God had a plan. While darkness sought to invade his life, God would bring him on a path of recovery.

He learnt that praising God for when times are good is commendable; but to praise Him when life is taken… that does take faith. Norman turned to the God that brought them together as a couple to now lead him again.

Included are insights of what God taught him, and a collection of more than twenty of Norman’s poems – written for private solace. By request, they are being made public for the first time.

It’s time to go on a journey through bereavement and into hope with “A Life Lived with Love.” 


Norman Christie’s parents were renowned in Northern Ireland for their chain of paint and decorating shops; having outlets across the province. His father, a pastor and business owner, laid a spiritual understanding in him from a young age.

Leaving school, Norman became a successful industrial chemist with BP Oil. Then God called him into full-time ministry with the Elim Pentecostal Church in Ireland in 1982. With his wife Doreen and four children, they set off on a ministry path to help people, Christian and non-Christian, through life.



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