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A Guide on Navigating Grief

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Download a free pdf on navigating grief authored by Dr. Mike Rakes, Evangel University president. Dr. Rakes’ guide is an accompaniment to his most recent book “Surrendered & Unafraid: The Flourishing of Faith During Seasons of Suffering.” Published in 2021, the book navigates Rakes’ journey through the loss of his 27 year old daughter, Whitney, to a rare blood cancer. The publication addresses the question “What happens when God lets you down.”

About Mike Rakes

Mike is an educator, motivator, author, pastor, and storyteller, and both he and his wife, Darla, are passionate about cultivating the Spirit-inspired virtues of compassion, service, and truth in the lives of students. As a couple and ministry partners, the Rakes are a dynamic team dedicated to the gospel-oriented work of the Church through Christian higher education.


AGTS reignites leaders already executing the Great Commission and infuses them with global context, spiritual growth, and imagery from the Holy Spirit, just like in the early days following the upper room experience. AGTS serves to stand in the gap between a generation reaching for something more and a God intent on touching a world slipping into relativism. Simply stated, AGTS is “Knowledge on Fire.” If it’s not on fire, then it’s not Spirit-driven and if it’s not Spirit-driven, then it’s not AGTS.

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