Monday, March 30, 2015

Comforting the Grieving

Comfort the Grieving: Ministering God's Grace in Times of LossComfort the Grieving: Ministering God's Grace in Times of Loss by Paul Tautges
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There is much to mourn for in this world and much grief to be endured.  This creates ample opportunities for children of God to love, help, comfort, and hurt with those who are suffering.  Being able to minister properly through these situations will benefit all involved.

Comfort the Grieving by Paul Tautges is a wonderful resource.  It is focused on the word of God and immensely practical.  While it is designed for pastors, this is a volume that will equip and encourage all believers as we fulfill our Christian obligation to “mourn with those who mourn.”  This short volume is divided into sections covering pastoral care and preaching.

Tautges encourages the reader that care for the grieving does not conclude at the memorial service and offers a helpful guide on how to make sure that those needing continued care will receive it.  He also encourages pastors, and all Christians, to take up the art of letter writing as a means of offering care and then proceeds with some practical, “how-to” advice.

While Tautges is clear those grieving need personal, one-on-one care, he does not minimize the need of care from the pulpit.  He offers a few sample sermons from funerals to offer examples of Christ-centered, sensitive, evangelistic messages to share in corporate times of grieving.

This is a volume that will help many to love and care for those around them who are hurting.  It is short and accessible and I see no reason that it should not be read by many.

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

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