If you are struggling with any kind of loss (your loved one died, you were let go from a job, your income dropped, a good friend moved away, your reputation was damaged, or a relationship ended) then the book For All Who Grieve is for you.
Each chapter begins with the story of a couple who experienced the loss of a child and ends with a glimpse into the book of Lamentations to see how God ministers to grieving people. Along the way, you will consider the relationship between your grief and the themes: talk, tears, guilt, grievance, hope, and healing.
There are a lot of good and very practical things in the book For All Who Grieve, but the best part is that Pastor Colin Smith warmly and skillfully points us to the tender shepherd we all look for when we have to navigate the valley of sorrow and loss – Jesus Christ.
10 Quotes from For All Who Grieve
10. On Tears
Tears are the shuddering of the body at the pain of the soul. (25)
9. On Pressure
Grief builds in the soul like steam in a boiler, and the pressure of grief that is not expressed can break your heart. (40)
8. On Others
God calls your brothers and sisters to weep with you, but that can only happen if you will allow others to walk with you in your sorrow. (46)
7. On Conscience
Your conscience is a gift from God, and its voice must be heard. (61)
6. On Guilt
The answer to false guilt is truth, and the answer to true guilt is grace. (62)
5. On Love
It’s hard to believe that God loves you when He takes away someone you love. (71)
4. On Jesus
There are whispers of Jesus all over Lamentations. (80)
3. On Anger
If you believe that God is angry with you, it won’t be long before you are angry with Him. (82)
2. On Prayer
You don’t need to have an ordered and peaceful mind before you can pray. (109)
1. On Faith
Your faith holds onto Christ, but the greater truth is that Christ holds onto you. (111)