A book with a title like Dark Clouds • Deep Mercy will not likely make your “feel-good” top 10 reading list. So if you’ve gotten this far, it’s probably because you (or someone you know) is hurting, and you feel out of your depth. Well, you’ve come to the right...
Pastor Colin’s new book, For All Who Grieve (10ofThose, 2020), has just released. We are excited to share it with you all! This book takes on difficult but important themes related to the grieving process, such as tears, talk, guilt, grievance, hope, and finally, healing.
The difficult truth is that grief is everywhere in this world, but there is a book of the Bible that discusses and explores grief: Lamentations. In For All Who Grieve, Pastor Colin walks through Lamentations, interspersing his teaching with interviews from a grief group he led for people within his church.
I highly recommend For All Who Grieve to you, and here are just a few things some readers are already saying about it:
WOW! Everyone grieves at one time or even more than once in their lives. Everyone has a story to tell. . . . As I read each chapter, I relived my own experience of loss–the death of my brother.
Each chapter addresses areas of grief with solid biblical references from the book of Lamentations and Job. Each chapter ends with questions for reflection and discussion.
The final chapter, “Healing,” points to the Counselor…the Counselor who weeps with you, who speaks to you, who will help you to pray and who will help you sustain your faith, who will renew your hope. You may have more questions than answers BUT knowing you don’t walk alone is the beginning of healing.
After reading this book, I’m encouraged to dig deeper and the list of resources are the place to begin.
Finally, I highly recommend this book for group discussion and as a resource to use in any group sharing grief.
“My oldest son was in a car accident. In a coma for 4 days with less and less reaction to stimulus. When it was determined that his brain was no longer functioning, I had all tubes removed so he might return home to the Lord. That was the hardest decision I have ever made.
When my youngest son passed away, he was alone, and I had spoken to him just that morning. The What-ifs and Maybe ifs replayed in my mind for a long time.
Thank you, Ken and Leslie, for relating your experience with guilt during your grieving. It is a real battle many grieving people fight and Satan can use it to destroy you.
Thank you, Pastor Smith for giving us the scriptures in Lamentations and Job to help us relate to both true and false guilt.”