How do you deal with grief? Everyone is different, and everyone moves through the emotions related with grief at a different pace. Michael Whitworth deals with the topic gently and with sensitivity in his book, Life in the Shadow of Death. This short book is a must-read not only for ministers, but for all Christians. Every one of us grieves and ministers to friends as they grieve, and brother Whitworth’s book gives the reader insight into what to say and do the in those situations.
Brother Whitworth reminds us of some “unconventional losses” that are often overlooked or mishandled when we think about grief: miscarriage, suicide, and divorce. The church can and must do a better job of deal with these situations with meekness and love, and the author gives some practical and Scriptural advice on how to do that.
From the back cover:
“We live in a grief illiterate society.”
Truer words were never spoken. Grief is more than unpleasant; it’s messy. Grief is more than foreign; it’s counter-intuitive. Grief is more than probable; it’s inevitable. Do you know what the Bible has to say about grief? Have you prepared yourself to grieve, and to do so well when your time comes?
Life in the Shadow of Death will educate you on grief and equip you to grieve to the glory of God. In the book Michael Whitworth discusses what the Bible has to say about the grief journey, how to weep appropriately with those that weep, how to grieve unconventional losses, and how we can know we are never alone in the valley of the shadow of death.