- Paperback: 178 pages
- Publisher: Outskirts Press (August 21, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1432746162
- ISBN-13: 978-1432746162
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,570,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Andrew J. (Jack) Good
Author of Emotions and Values: Exploring the Source of Jesus' Strength and Influence (St. Johann Press, 2009).
The Introduction begins with Dr. Baggett's own crisis of faith when his teen-aged son, without warning, experienced the onset of schizophrenia. Each succeeding chapter has three parts. It identifies a specific crisis of faith likely to attend a particular response to tragedy. It provides deep insights into the dynamics of that spiritual crisis. And it ends with a profoundly hopeful life story, based on the real lives of real persons known to Dr. Baggett, demonstrating what it looks like to experience that spiritual crisis, to face it rather than run from it, and to come through it with deeper faith.
I recommend the book without reservation to any person of faith seeking a deeper spiritual understanding of what to know and what to do when facing tragedy personally or when trying to help someone else through that experience.
There is no chapter on how to confront terrible loss in our standard texts. John Baggett's broad experience has allowed him to assemble a book that engages those questions of ultimate meaning in a way that would allow us to recommend him as a counselor to our patients .. be they already involved in religious thinking or be they totally foreign to the whole idea of life meanings. Times of Tragedy and Moments of Grace carries its readers forward in a way that is honest and comforting without flinching away from the reality of pain. It is a book that belongs on every psychiatrist's bookshelf, ready to offer at a time of such need.
As a pastor and hospice chaplain I appreciate the meaningful way that profound insights of social science are connected with sound theological and faith understanding. This is a valuable tool for hurting individuals, support groups and church school adult classes. Every reader will identify with the stories of tragic loss and find help and support from the faith resources offered.