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Written in Tears: A Grieving Father's Journey Through Psalm 103 Paperback – September 1, 2010
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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.
--Ginny Saint, 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.
--Jim Reapsome, author of 10 Minutes a Day with Jesus
This book has been on my mind and heart since I read the first page.
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
From the Back Cover
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
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As a physician who has been directly involved for four decades in so much death, life, developmental disabilities, and the need to correctly provide helpful counsel and comfort to families, friends, and fellow caregivers, I recommend this book highly. Two of the book's chapters: 8. Comforting the Suffering: Vacant Chaff Well Meant for Grain and 9. Developing Roots: Down Syndrome and Scars in Heaven are essential reading for pediatricians, neonatologists, oncologists, and grieving parents, Christians and non-Christians alike.
This book is written from the heart of an author who has a child with Down Syndrome and the brain of a man whose education, marriage to an equally talented wife,and diverse talents and life experiences could have made him very wealthy and a name in this materialistic world. He and his wife chose six children and the mission field. Veldt's personal background on the back of the book deserves at least two more sentences to gain more readers. He is too modest. Allison deserves name credit for her picture on the cover of the book. An old picture of the whole family including Allison could be included in a second edition.
I have nothing to change in Veldt's outstanding book which can be read in one long sitting. As one highly influenced by Dr. Kubler-Ross's ON DEATH AND DYING masterpiece, I note Veldt's coping mechanisms in his book which I will digest and consider over many more hours.Read more ›
The traffic on the streets--if you can call the occasional car "traffic"--is also lazy, relaxed and unhurried, with one exception. A silver van speeds down the avenue, pausing only briefly before shooting through a red light.
In the back of the van a young girl is spread out across the seat, her head cradled in her mother's arms. "I need you to breathe, Allison!" the woman says. "Keep breathing!" But Allison is breathing, the deep breathing that's past sleep, the coma from which she will not wake up. Or perhaps she has already awakened; perhaps, somewhere between the house and the hospital, her soul slipped away from the presence of her panicked parents and into the calm presence of her Father.
The sun shines on a lazy afternoon in Pamplona as the girl's parents speed down the road toward the end of their world.
So begins Luke Veldt's Written in Tears. That young girl was Allison Veldt, Luke's thirteen year-old daughter. This book is a journey through the aftermath of that sudden, shocking, unexpected death. Left reeling after Allison died, Veldt found himself looking for answers and for comfort in the words of the Bible. Despite being a pastor and church planter, a man who knows his Bible well, he was still surprised by what he found in God's Word. As he says in the opening pages of his book, "It took the death of my daughter for me to begin to understand the love of God."
After Allison's death, Veldt turned to Psalm 103 and he read it again and again. He read it every day for more than a year. And through that psalm he experienced God's presence.Read more ›
I received this free book for review from Discovery House Publishers. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review. The opinions of this review are strictly my own and not influenced in any way.
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I was deeply touched by this grieving dad's struggle to deal with his beloved daughter's sudden death, yet encouraged by his connecttion to his heavenly Father and Scripture.Published 19 months ago by Daniel O.
Written in tears was an honest and practical reflection by Luke Veldt. Our son recently died un expectantly and this book helped encourage me to be honest about my feelings,... Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by hub
"Written in Tears" is an extremely touching and gripping book from cover to cover as Luke works his way through Psalm 103. Read morePublished on April 6, 2011 by avidreader
I am re-reading and underlining and ordering several more copies to give to friends. Luke asks the hard questions that come to us in times of deep grief. Read morePublished on March 28, 2011 by Susan