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Lament for a Son Paperback – July, 1987
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Top Customer Reviews
This work is a must have for those who've lost. The pain of loss is inexpressable, it is all-encompassing and it is unavoidable. Wolterstorff presents grief in all of its detail, and if you've lost you'll find yourself more and more amazed as you find your thoughts and emotions expressed through his words.
I also believe that this work is indispensable for those in the care of souls. Through Wolterstorff's expression of grief you will find a taste of what that person to whom you minister feels, the loneliness, the despair, and the disappointment in the God whom they trust. If you are in ministry, you MUST get this book.
God's blessings and comfort to you all in your struggle.
This book is powerfully moving and brought tears to my eyes when I first read it. Wolterstorff voices many of the often unspoken feelings that mourners go through- from intense sadness to anger, to questioning, to longing for the loved one whom has died.
His reflections are powerful yet concise, and he has written the book in the style of a journal- documenting his struggle to grieve and cope with the intense anger and sadness of losing his son. Ultimately he finds his faith to be his greatest source of comfort and strength, but not before a long journey through the dark wilderness of grief.
I have also found this book to be extremely comforting and helpful- both in coping with my personal losses, as well as for bereaved family members in the grief support group that I facilitate. This book should be required reading for ANYONE who has lost a loved one, or works with the bereaved or is close to someone who has lost a loved one. I highly recommend it.
This author must have received comfort in writing while passing the time...time in the short term is your enemy. When enough time passes, the pain eases, although it never goes away. In the early months it's hard to concentrate because the grief keeps popping up without permission. I took solace in learning a few pieces on the piano which were way over my head, and doing an extensive photograph editing project about my lost child - a way for me to spend months making the time pass. Our author grieved by writing down his thoughts. My wife read lots of books on grief, but most of them were not my cup of tea. I found an isolated book or passage now and then which connected with me, and I actively looked for them. The usual grief counsellor doesn't have a clue, not from lack of sympathy or effort.
It's been 8 years now since my loss, so I'm not needy for solace, but I'm always ready to hear another man's story...and what a story this is. This book is a day by day pouring out of expressions of grief done in an effort to heal that which can never be entirely healed. I count it amongst those few books that would have been of benefit to me in the first year of my loss. My sympathies go to the author and his family, and my sincere appreciation goes to him for the sharing of his story.
Mr. Wolterstorff, in all of his suffering and doubt, allowed God's Grace to work with in his words.
In the five years since Michael died, we have purchased over 25 copies and given them to people who have suffered losses. His essays have been a source of inspiration in our Christmas Newletters and Homilys by Pastors.
The book that shows you the Grace in Suffering.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a bereaved Mother. This book captures the emotions and feelings accurately when a your child died suddenly. This is a book that a man would be able to read.Published 4 days ago by no name
Thoughtful writing. Was a very good read after the loss of my son.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Shoppers
The words so eloquently gave a voice to my suffering yet offered a window into healing that I haven't yet been able to travel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kristine Rotella
Haven't finished this book yet, but so far...I will say this is one of the finest books of its kind. And I have bought several memoirs on loss.Published 2 months ago by Betsy Kelleher
A classic for those who are grieving or those, like me, who walk through grief with others. A painful but beautiful story.Published 3 months ago by Robert O. K
This book was recommended to me by a friend and I was not disappointed in reading it. It is a source of wisdom and strength for anyone who is struggling with an unfathomable loss.Published 3 months ago by Professor Roger
This has helped my wife and I to face the loss of our son's recent passing. It will never take away the pain but the thoughts are there to help us through the dark hours.Published 4 months ago by tony andrade