Three years ago I lost a close friend to Leukemia. I credit her for being the woman who taught me how to die.
I am aware of three Christian scholars who have written books on the subject of grief after losing a loved one.
In our day, grief is mostly privatized. But the ancients were different. They grieved in public.
All of the above embody human grief in written form. As such, they stand in the spirit of the ancients with a view to helping others handle their own grief and loss.
Ben Witherington asked me to endorse his book after it was printed, which I gladly did. Here’s what I wrote.
Every parent’s worst nightmare is to lose their child. Unfortunately, this was the nightmare that befell renowned New Testament scholar Ben Witherington and his wife Ann. Writing from the pain of a recent tragedy, this tender book will touch the heart of every person who has lost a loved one. While beautifully honoring the memory of their daughter Christy, the Witheringtons also tackle the difficult questions about God’s will in such tragedies, how to handle grief, and how (not) to help others who are grieving, all within a biblical context.
I’m asking four things:
1. If you have a story about losing a loved one (family member or close friend), and you’d like to share it with us, you may do so in the comments section. Try to keep it to three or four paragraphs as long comments are usually skipped over.
2. Share this post with your friends. Someone may be grieving and looking for comfort and/or answers, and this post may be the answer to their prayers.
3. Grab a copy of Ben’s book. Even if you’ve not been personally touched with the loss of a loved one, you may (or will) know someone who has been. This book will help. It does a good job at answering the tough questions about God’s will amid tragedy and loss.
4. Write a review on Amazon for the book. A book with a lot of Amazon reviews helps others to notice it amid the fray of 7 million other titles.
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