“Jesus promises that life will be filled with losses” – that’s how Dr. Kellemen begins his latest work, God’s Healing for Life’s Losses. Exuding hope, this book becomes a wonderful resource that compassionately directs the reader to find healing for life’s losses in Christ and with Christ.
How do we face such losses and crosses? How do we handle life’s strains and pains? [We need to] answer such candid and confusing questions honestly and biblically. (p.3; God’s Healing for Life’s Losses)
Dr. Kellemen patiently directs the reader through an honest examination of the world’s model of the grief process: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. Identifying the limitations of the world’s model describing the typical grief process, Kellemen then offers a biblical approach to grieving and growing (8 stages):
- Candor: Honesty with myself
- Complaint: Honesty with God
- Cry: Asking God for help
- Comfort: Receiving God’s help
- Waiting: Trusting with faith
- Wailing: Groaning with hope
- Weaving: Perceiving with grace
- Worshiping: Engaging with love
I appreciate this work on suffering and loss as it deals plainly with the reality of hurt and grief in our lives. Dr. Kellemen has included, at the end of every chapter, a list of questions for the reader to work through. In these questions they can work through the truth they have just read and practically apply the truth into their personal journey of suffering. These questions make this book a wonderful resource for biblical counselors.
Dr.Kellemen writes, not as one unacquainted with grief, but openly relates his own personal journey of loss and suffering, and how the truths that he writes impacted that time in his life. He recognizes that while the reader’s journey might be vastly different in style, substance and duration, the truths of Scripture apply to every situation:
Grief is never a nice, neat package. Finding hope when you’re hurting follows no outline. Whatever “process” there is, it is uniquely personal. And that process is more like two stages forward and one stage back. Perhaps even more realistically, you may find yourself in several stages at any one time. […] The colors and contours may not seem to make any sense whatsoever. But because God’s Word is sufficient and relevant, you can be confident that through Christ you are weaving a beautiful tapestry.
I encourage you to purchase a copy of God’s Healing for Life’s Losses for your own personal journey, and perhaps, a second copy for a friend or family member going through a time of loss, suffering or grief. This book would also be a valuable tool for a support group as they work through the grieving process. You can currently read a sample chapter at RPM Ministries website, as well as purchase the book with a 33% discount. Please click here for details.
Over the next week I intend to use Twitter and tweet short excerpts from God’s Healing for Life’s Losses – I will be using the hashtag: #GH4LL. If you are a user of Twitter, please follow along.
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