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When Pastor Colin Smith found himself counseling grieving couples in his church, he turned to the book of Lamentations for help. What unfolded is recorded in this book.
Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that death stirs up, For All Who Grieve shows what it looks like to grieve with hope.
Based on the biblical themes of tears, talk, guilt, grievance, hope, and healing this book will demonstrate how to navigate the valley of grief, sorrow, and loss.
Most of all, though, it points to Christ, our Savior, who knows what it is to walk sorrow’s path. For when you pass through the valley of sorrow and loss, you are in a place where Christ can be found.
What others are saying about For All Who Grieve:
“Colin Smith blends the consolations of Scripture with a pastor’s heart … and helps sufferers find hope and a route through their pain, carried by His sustaining love and faithfulness.”
— Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, author; host and teacher of Revive Our Hearts
“I highly recommend this book ... It is time we taught God’s people how to mourn and how to share tears and conversation with each other towards the healing of the whole body of Christ.”
— Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., President Emeritus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
“A rare treasure. If you’re hurting or helping someone battling sorrow, this book is a gift.”
— Mark Vroegop, Lead Pastor at College Park Church, Indianapolis, and author of Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy
“Readers will find in these pages companionship, understanding, godly wisdom, and hope that it does not have to hurt forever as much as it does today.”
— Nancy Guthrie, author of What Grieving People Wish You Knew about What Really Helps and What Really Hurts
"Discover how tears are released and seen by God, how loved ones are valued, how guilt meets grace, and how laments turn to confessions of God's comfort. See how grief increases hope and how healing is achieved and maintained by the Counselor who knows all when we do not."
— Lianna Davis, author of Made for a Different Land and Keeping the Faith
"A gift to parents who have lost children ... it ties together narrative with rich and honest biblical theology. Smith gives practical, biblical instruction on how to grieve in a manner that is healthy, healing, and godly."
— Cameron Cole, author of There I Have Hope, chairman of Rooted, and Director of Children, Youth and Family at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, AL
I haven’t grieved the loss of a child or someone very close to me and neither have I studied the book of Lamentations, but this book gently weaves these two things together in a helpful but challenging way. Stories of those who have grieved powerfully aid, rather than gratuitously indulge, the teaching Colin Smith tenderly but firmly brings out from Lamentations. It isn’t a long or difficult book, which I like, but it has made me want to reread it and underline key thoughts, as well as study Lamentations and think through whether I agree with some of Colin’s conclusions about death. So I recommend this book but it may take you a lot longer to digest and process, than it does to read.
Sadly, stories of sudden deaths, prolonged illnesses and horrific reports of people dying are not uncommon in the world today. During those times of grief and pain people ask some difficult questions, struggles arise and pain and loss no longer become feelings, but every day realities. This book focuses in specifically on the topic of pain and suffering at the loss of a child. We’ve probably all heard, at one point or another, someone say “no parents should have to bury a child!”. We all know it to be true, but sadly it happens and the question is; how do you deal with that, how do you help others in that grief and pain? The material for this book comes from a small group that Pastor Colin Smith set up in his church after the death of a child. Smith gathered a small group of parents who had all lost children, some recently and other years in the past, to talk about their lives and to look at Lamentations together. In this book you’ll hear the stories of how parents lost their children, you’ll read the emotions and the pain in their words, and you’ll hear very honest testimonies of how they are coping with life now. This book faithfully expounds some of the main themes in Lamentations and relates it to the loss of a child, but the teaching is so important and relevant for losing any loved one. The topics are split into chapters and at the beginning of each chapter you hear a different story from the group. The book covers; tears, talk, guilt, grievance, hope, healing and an appendix names “children who die in infancy”. This book is such a help when consider how to process loss and how to interact with the Bible’s teaching on it. I highly recommend you buy this book
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