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  • Series: Resources for Changing Lives
  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875526934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875526935
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Butler Jr. on July 12, 2012
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My question was: how do you counsel a person who can biblically and rationally say that suicide is a sin, and ought not to be committed, yet at times becomes so emotionally despondent that he considers it an option?

One resource that was recommended to me was Suicide: Understanding and Intervening by Jeffrey S. Black.

The author begins by explaining how difficult it is to understand the suicide of a Christian: how can the Christian commits suicide when a Christian has the hope of the Gospel? His answer is that for a Christian to commit suicide, he or she must take his or her eyes off the light and truth of the Gospel (2).

He explains that the reasons a person commits suicide are legion, but the descriptions are largely the same: "psychological pain, interpersonal alienation, and hopelessness" (3). Ultimately, he says that suicide is the choice to sin. If we are focused on Jesus, suicide is not possible, he argues (3-4).

He looks at Paul is an example of someone who endured great suffering and yet did not commit suicide. He says Paul did not commit suicide because (1) he saw purpose in his suffering, (2) he was future oriented, and (3) his life was daily renewed by the Holy Spirit (6).

He argues that telling someone who is suicidal that suicide is a sin is rarely helpful. However, discussing suicide to reveal a person's worldview may be a way to reach into him or her (7). In examining the Christian worldview, one discovers that all people are creatures created and belonging to God, all people are created in the image of God, and therefore it is sin to commit suicide (10).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Reese on August 21, 2011
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It is impossible to tactfully delve into such a deep and extensive topic in such a short booklet, but I found Dr. Black did a great job at penning his thoughts and some important information in these pages. Not everyone wants to read a plethora of books on the topic, and to have a small, concise, and pointed booklet to give some pertinent advise on and direction when it comes to the topic of suicide was very helpful.
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By Pgrnmabc on October 24, 2014
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Excellent help to understand and intervene in a suicidal persons life
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By Pamela Velez on July 24, 2014
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Help for the hurting heart
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