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Winner of The Gospel Coalition 2019 Book Awards - Christian Living
2020 ECPA Christian Book of the Year and New Author Winner
Where do you turn when the dark clouds of pain, suffering, and loss roll into your life? In a broken world, difficult trials can lead quickly to discouragement and despair—even for Christians. But the Bible sets forth an oft-neglected practice for dealing with such trials: lament. To lament is to turn to God in honest, desperate prayer, giving voice to the reality of our emotions—as intense and tumultuous as they may be.
Ultimately, lament is an expression of faith in the God who hears our cries and responds with mercy and grace. Drawing on examples from the Bible and his own story of loss, pastor Mark Vroegop walks through steps of lament (Turn, Complain, Ask, and Trust) to show what lament is, why it is important, and how to enter into it—helping readers learn to live between the poles of God's goodness and the pain of a hard life.
Table of Contents:
Foreword: Joni Eareckson Tada
Introduction: Life in a Minor Key: A Personal Journey
Part 1: Learning to Lament
1. Keep Turning to Prayer | Psalm 77
2. Bring Your Complaints | Psalm 10
3. Ask Boldly | Psalm 22
4. Choose to Trust | Psalm 13
Part 2: Learning from Lament
5. A Broken World and a Holy God | Lamentations 1-2
6. Hope Springs from Truth Rehearsed | Lamentations 3
7. Unearthing Idols | Lamentations 4
8. A Roadmap to Grace | Lamentations 5
Part 3: Living with Lament
9. Making Lament Personal
10. Let Us Lament
Conclusion: Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy - The Journey Ahead
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