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Death in the Home: A Christian Father Responds to Loss (formerly titled The Broken Home) Paperback – March 20, 2009
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About the Author
Benjamin Morgan Palmer , D.D., LL.D., was born in Charleston, SC on January 25, 1818. This pastor, scholar, and theologian of Southern Prebsyterianism served his first pastorate at the First Presbyterian Church of Savannah, GA, 1841-42. From there he pastored the First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, SC from 1843-55, served as a professor at Columbia Theological Seminary from 1853-56, and finally assumed the post of his last church, First Presbyterian of New Orleans, in 1856, serving there until his death in 1902.
Dr. Palmer preached the opening sermon at the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church U.S. and served as Moderator of that first Assembly (4 Dec 1861). His published works include: Life and Letters of J.H. Thornwell; the Family in Its Civil and Churchly Aspects; Theology of Prayer; The Broken Home or Lessons in Sorrow; Formation of Character; and two volumes of Sermons. Most of these titles remain in print to this day.
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Death in the Home was first published in the 1880's (originally titled The Broken Home: Lessons in Sorrow), after Benjamin Morgan Palmer had buried 4 of his 5 children and his wife. Thus, this book is Palmer's jounraling about the sorrow and great travail of soul he experienced, first with the death of his infant son, through the death of 3 of his daughters, and finally with the death of his wife. But it does not read like a mere journal. Instead, it reads as if Palmer intentionally wanted to give others comfort and hope too. All in all, this may sound like a sorrowful, spirit-dampening book, but it is actually just the opposite. That is, as Palmer struggles with the loss and immense sadness he experiences, he also brings it back around, concentrating on the hope he and his family have in Christ and the eternal bliss and inheritance that awaited his children and wife upon their departure. Thus, a kind of sweet joy and holy confidence attended him during these trials.
Palmer too could say, "When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul."
I heartily commend this book to anyone who has lost someone close and especially for those who have lost a child. Palmer eloquently, pastorally, and genuinely communicates the sorrow and the hope of his soul.
Soli Deo Gloria!
This is a wonderful positive testimony of faith and trust in God in the midst of great sorrow.