This book has something for everyone. In its own way the book is a triumph of research and scholarship. The book does a masterful job of chronicling the author's grief and recovery, and it can serve as a guide to anyone undergoing a similar experience. Beyond that, the narrative thread in the book provides a captivating story for any reader.
--Leland Ryken, literary stylist for the English Standard Version of the Bible
Many of Luke's words could have been my own. As I read the account of his daughter Allison's death, I relived my own experience in the death of our Stephenie. It is such a comfort to know, as Luke and Jodi experienced, that God's promises are true. Luke's book is filled with reminders of God's faithfulness to His children. It was a huge blessing to me and I believe that it will be an encouragement and comfort to others who have experienced a devastating loss.
, co-author with husband, Steve, of Walking His Trail
Luke Veldt strikes a down-to-earth, throughly honest, thoroughly biblical chord. There's no pretending that the loss of a teen-age daughter is anything but painful and, in the end, still mystifying. Not given to pat answers or glib ways to recover, Veldt lodges his torment in Psalm 103, which keeps his book from being shallow and maudlin. Movingly told, Veldt's story and his theology give solid guidance to the grieving.
, author of 10 Minutes a Day with Jesus
This book has been on my mind and heart since I read the first page.
--Tim Challies, author of The Next Story
This book is every bit as sensitive and insightful as C.S. Lewis's A Grief Observed
. However, it gives you the added enrichment of the author's record of his pilgrimage in Psalm 103 as he and his family walked through the valley together. I have read scores of books on comforting the bereaved, and this one is outstanding. If you are grieving or seeking to comfort someone who is, join the Veldt family and discover what God and His Word can do for the broken-hearted. Every pastor and care-give must read this book!
--Warren W. Wiersbe
, author of Why Us? When Bad Things Happen to God's People
When Luke Veldts thirteen-year-old daughter Allison died suddenly, he started to ask questions about the things he had always assumed were true: Is the Bible trustworthy? Is there really a God? Is Allison with Him?
And yet the first place he looked for answers to his questions and comfort for his grief was the Bible, and he was surprised by what he found there. Luke discovered that the authors of the Bible, like him, were people who had struggled with real doubts and pain. He found that he was learning far more about God in his sorrow than in times of joy. And he unlearned many of the wrong assumptions he had about God, especially as he focused his attention on Psalm 103.
None of the things I learned dispelled my sorrow, Luke explains. This book is not about how I got through grief This book is about how I came to know God better, not just despite my loss, but because of it. Its written in the hope that the things I learned and the comfort I experienced will be of help in your life as well.
Luke Veldts book is unique. It is the honest expression of his grief and doubts with nothing watered down or hidden in euphemisms. This experience is not presented in a preachy manner but as a pilgrim discovering the adequacy of Gods grace. Many books written by mourners for other mourners are often too sentimental too sermonic, or too idealistic. Luke has avoided these extremes and kept a balanced approach. Warren W. Wiersbe