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Lament for a Son [Paperback]

By Nicholas Wolterstorff (Author) & Wolterstorff (Author)
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The author describes the progress of his grief from the shock of learning of his son's accidental death to his final resignation a year later

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To those who are left behind, the death of a friend or family member is a beginning as much as an end. For the author of this book, who lost his 25-year-old son Eric in a mountain climbing accident, it meant the start of a long, unwanted journey to come to terms with his grief -- and the "unanswered questions" of his wounded spirit. Lament for a Son avoids easy answers about suffering. Its honest depiction of one man's struggle will help open the floodgates for those who cannot find words for their own pain.

Henri J. M. Nouwen

A true gift to those who grieve and those who, in love, reach out to comfort.

Walter Wangerin

Wolterstorff inquires us Job inquired. He is honest and utterly resistant to cheap answers about death...and to any answers at all...He looks, without foolish giddiness or delusion, but in faith, to the day that Death shall be overcome -- and he takes his place beside all who suffer. A miracle.

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Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff & Wolterstorff has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Library Journal - 07/01/1987

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   111
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.99" Width: 5.01" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 1987
ISBN  080280294X  
ISBN13  9780802802941  

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More About Nicholas Wolterstorff & Wolterstorff

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Nicholas P. Wolterstorff, longtime professor of philosophy at Calvin College, is Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School. He is the author of numerous books, including "Educating for Responsible Action." Gloria Goris Stronks and Clarence W. Joldersma are professors in the education department at Calvin College.

Nicholas Wolterstorff currently resides in the state of Connecticut. Nicholas Wolterstorff has an academic affiliation as follows - Yale University Yale University, Connecticut Yale University, Connecti.

Nicholas Wolterstorff has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Saint Paul University Series in Ethics
  2. Through the Eyes of Faith Series

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Lament for a Son  Jan 24, 2007
My son died from injuries suffered in a fall while serving in the Peace Corps in Zambia in 2005. This book has put words to many of my own feelings. It is raw and heart wrenching. I have quoted many of the passages in this book. I highly recommend it for any grieving parent. We have a copy in our Compassionate Friends library, where it will serve as a comfort to many others.
One of the best books about a grieving parent I have read  Jan 3, 2007
My sister lost her son six years ago. She has read every grief book on the market as part of her own grieving process, her therapy. She sends many of them to me to read. Of all the ones that I have read this one was the best. I read it in one sitting one, I couldn't put it down, if you can imagine not wanting to put down a book about a father grieving for his son.

I have since bought about ten copies to give away.
The Wounds of God  Apr 22, 2006
Nicholas Wolterstorff is a top drawer theologian who taught at Yale for years. He is a part of the evangelical Christian Reformed Church.

But he's also one who knows deep sorrow up close. His gifted, kind young son Eric was taken suddenly in a freak accident. Wolterstorff was plunged into deep grief that caused him to reconsider everything. On the other end of it came a requiem music memorial, and this engrossing little book - Lament for a Son, written in 1987. For years I have recommended this to many who have experienced loss. The only way Wolterstorff could make sense of his loss Biblically was to realize that God is a suffering God. He discovered the tears of God. What happened when we, essentially, flashed God the bird, since the Fall? God could have justly destroyed us all. Instead, God chose a course of personal pain. He invested his heart in us.

He is the long-suffering God. Wolterstorff says "the tears of God are the meaning of history." God suffers for the sins of the world. Every act of evil pulls tears from God. God voluntarily bound his life up with us. That is the best answer available to Wolter.'s grief.

This book is full of gems. Read his closing words on p. 86 for a contrast between the Stoic answer to pain and the Xian one. Or the Augustine quote on grief on p. 27. Or the funeral liturgy's opening words on pp. 38-39. Or the words of Scripture chosen for the requiem in teh appendix.

BTW -- very academic, but also excellent, is Woltersdorff's article from Reformed Journal, "The Wounds of God," on Calvin's view of mercy.
Lament for a Son  Apr 11, 2006
I am a mother grieving for the lost of a wonderful son. During my six month's grief journey I have read numereous books on how to walk this journey. I was in hopes that Nicholas Wolterstorff's book, "Lament for a Son" would be of comfort and enlightenment to me. I was wrong. Instead of uniting the grieving reader with him this book gave me very little comfort, instead it angered me. Instead of human speak Mr. Wolterstorff gave me academic speak. I will not be keeping this book, nor passing it on to another one in need. Respectfully, Hellen Spear, Glendora, CA
A Love Song  Feb 23, 2006
A friend of Professor Wolterstorff once said that he had bought a copy of this book for every member of his family to read. Prof. Wolterstorff, finding that odd since the book is a meditation on the death of his son, asked why. His friend said he did so because the book was a love song.

And indeed it is. It is a love song to Prof. Woltestorff's son, Eric, who died at the early age of 25 in a mountain climbing accident, but it is also a love song to Jesus Christ and to the people he has made and placed in our lives. I can honestly say that no book I have ever read has helped me understand life and death so well. I think I understand much better now just how evil and satanic death truly is. While some say death is natural, and even elevate it to a special place in their spirituality, Prof. Wolterstorff, in recounting his grief and love for his son, reminds us that death was never meant to be. That even God himself, in all the mystery that this entails, hates death with a deadly passion and sits in anguish with us when those we love are taken from us.

I strongly recommend you read this book, regardless of whether you are suffering through such tragedy yourself. It is a love song that like all great love songs reorients the mind and the heart to that which is true and good.

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