Book Review – The Louder Song by Aubrey Sampson

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Have you ever been at a point in your life when you asked God “Why is this happening?”

If you’ve been filled with grief over a tragic event and you can’t understand why God would allow such disappointment, Aubrey Sampson understands. Such a point in life she refers to as lament. Lament can happen over a job loss, diagnosis of an illness, death, or a difficulty in a marital relationship. In her new book The Louder Song, she talks about her own journey of lament and weaves it with the lament stories that you might have heard in the Bible (or may not have, given that Christians are so often told to put on a happy face).

Aubrey Sampson is honest in telling her story. She knows that on the journey of grief, you can’t just get a how-to-do-grief book, and go on your merry way. You can’t just fix it neatly for yourself or someone else. You have to go through it. You have to feel the hurt and pass through it. There are no shortcuts for grief. She affirms every Christian who has asked the tough questions – why did this happen? How could God do this to me? Why don’t I have answers? She affirms that you are not a weak Christian for asking the questions and not having answers. Faith and questioning can and should co-exist in times of trials.

If you want a book that’s honest about grief, I highly recommend this book. Sampson is honest with her raw emotions and about her questions of God; I really liked her vulnerability.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Where Do I Go From Here? Bold Living After Unwanted Change: Book Review

Where Do I Go From Here? Bold Living After Unwanted Change by Miriam Neff, Moody Publishers

When a marriage ends, a spouse dies, a job is taken, or another life-altering event occurs, a plethora of emotions are to be expected. Grief, confusion, fear and anger are just some of the emotions.

What can you do to move on? Why is suffering necessary in the first place?

Miriam Neff doesn’t pretend to have the answers as to why these things happen, but she’s written an excellent manual on the next steps for survivors in Where Do I Go From Here? Bold Living After Unwanted Change. After her husband died unexpectedly, Neff found herself a widow. Forced into this sisterhood that no woman wants to be part of, she eventually launched a ministry for others who had lost their spouses and Where Do I Go From Here is designed for both women and men to deal with many types of losses, not just bereavement.

Neff’s voice is refreshing. Instead of giving trite advice or pat answers, she balances Scriptural promises with practical advice. Standing in the place of those who have lost a loved one, she gives warnings for pitfalls of what hurting people may find themselves doing after a loss. Her words are sound and prompted me to make some changes.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.