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Psalms of Lament Hardcover – August, 1995


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Weems' son was pointlessly killed "less than an hour after his twenty-first birthday." Her grief has not left her since. She released much of it, however, in these 50 poems. Modeled upon the Psalms of the Bible, they all share the same "plot line" --beginning in painful petition, proceeding through anger and helplessness, and concluding in trust in the Lord who brings all hope. They are repetitious in their tropes as well. The lines of each are centered on the page, thereby resonantly recalling the shaped poems of the English sacred poet George Herbert (the most famous are "Easter Wings" and "The Altar" ). Weems' poems are not as great as Herbert's, but virtually anyone of religious faith who has lost a loved one, especially "before their time," will find fellowship, ministry, and healing in them. Ray Olson

About the Author

Ann Weems is a Presbyterian elder, a lecturer, and a popular poet. She is the author of Family Faith Stories, Reaching for Rainbows, Searching for Shalom, Kneeling in Bethlehem, Kneeling in Jerusalem, Psalms of Lament, and Putting the Amazing Back in Grace, all available from WJK. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; 1st edition (August 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664220746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664220747
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery on November 30, 1999
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all i can tell you of this book is my mother credits a large percentage of her still being on this planet after the death of her 16 year old daughter in a car accident to the insights in this book of poetry--it is a series of poems about the loss of her son, mostly written as appeals to god, and it certainly brings the reader face to face with their anger and sadness, so they can move on and face the future with a little less hopelessness.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 1999
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This book is terrific for anyone stuggling with the tragides of life, espechally sudden death or serious or chronic illness. It is plea to God for help, understanding and solice for those burdened by the unfairness that is life. It has been a source of comfort to read these each night. Sad as they, are they are cathartic
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia C. Chavez on March 15, 2007
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When my son was killed in an auto/pedestrian accident two years ago, I read books that were given to me, books that were recommended by therapists, and books that I randomly bought in search of any source of solace. Ann Weem's "Psalms of Lament" spoke the words my heart has been crying. Especially Lament Psalm Forty-Nine. Like Ann and Rachel, I will never be comforted; until God wipes the tears from my eyes.

Patricia Chavez
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn J. Reardon on June 11, 2014
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This is a great book to help me deal with my emotions following two deaths. It encourages me to cry out to God about how they affected me. But then it encourages me to look a little deeper and still praise God in the midst of the storms. I recommend it because they are short and I can read one or two at a time and still get meaning from it, rather that a book that has long chapters that I might not have time to get through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M.G. on July 11, 2009
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Very good book for someone who is in a great deal of grief, having trouble because of the loss of a very close friend or relative.

Good for anyone who has experienced the death of someone close, perhaps due to tragedy, like a lover, a spouse, parents, and the hardest of losses: the loss of a child or teenager.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philip Assink on August 14, 2014
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Great Book. Ann Weems pours out her heart from a tragic event in her life in a way that acknowledges the depths of her pain yet each of her 50 Psalms end with a word of hope and confidence. As she says, it is a book for those who weep and for those who weep with those who weep.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lea on August 18, 2012
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Out of the depths of her own grief, Ann Weems brings a word of comfort and support to those who are grieving -- especially those grieving the loss of a child. These psalms are honest prayers that many can use when they can't find the words to express their own experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lesely Stanford on November 9, 2006
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Anne Weems pours out her heart and reaches the sadness and overwhelming grief that many feel. I ordered this book for a friend who lost both of her children in an automobile accident.
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