Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Review: After Lament by:Glenn Pemberton
About the Book:
Just as the Book of Psalms provides the words we need for lament (expressing our grief and hurt to God), the Psalter also provides the guidance and language we need for negotiating the time after lament (learning to trust and give thanks).
About the Author:
GLENN PEMBERTON teaches Old Testament at Abilene Christian University, including a popular undergraduate course on Israel's wisdom and devotional literature. Glenn has been a preacher among churches for over twenty years. He earned his PhD from the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology, and has published various essays on Proverbs and is author of Hurting with God (ACU Press, 2012) and When God Calls: Will You Trust Me Now? Glenn and his wife Dana live in Abilene, Texas.
This book really moved me. I would say probably more than any other book I have ever read, and I have read a lot of books. The author takes many stories from the Bible and makes you really question how you would feel in that certain situation. He didn't really change anything I thought about any of the stories he presented but he did add some richness to what I had already known and believed.
For example, I had always wondered how Isaac may of felt after the famous event on Mt. Moriah or maybe what eventually happened to Job after all of his family and possessions were restored, did he ever grieve for what he had lost? And did Isaac forever distrust his father and maybe even God for that event? I have always said I would love to learn more about these people but the Bible only shows us glimpses into their lives.
After Lament, is a book that is a little bit different. It is a book that shows us what to do after the storm is over and we are left with the scares. Sometimes those wounds are so deep that it is a true question to even know how we will ever find our way back to Him. What do we do when God doesn't answer our prayers? This book is a good book to get you going in the right direction.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from ACU Press.