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Good Grief Living with Sorrow and Loss Malcolm Duncan

ISBN:
9780857219893
Published:
20th March 2020
Format:
Paperback
Dimensions:
336 pages: 198mm x 130mm
Monarch Books
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"Good Grief will bring hope to those who feel, that because of the sheer pain of their loss, there could never be another tomorrow worth living." - Rob Parsons OBE, Chairman and Founder, Care for the Family

We all walk through grief and loss. It comes in many shapes and forms.

As a husband, father, son and a pastor, for the past thirty-four years, Malcolm Duncan has experienced loss in many forms. Duncan has seen grief destroy some people, and his own experience of loss and grief came close to destroying him. Yet God has carried him through.

In this intensely personal journal, Duncan guides the reader through grief and loss, examining how it changes us, and affirms that God is with us every step of the way. Intimate and well-grounded in scripture, Malcolm Duncan shows us that no matter how dark it gets, the light of His grace will always be there.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 10
INTRODUCTION 13

1 WHEN SHADOWS FALL 24
Walking through the valley of grief and loss

2 LIVING WITH A SQUATTER 57
The unwanted and unwelcomed nature of grief and loss and why it feels so alien to us

3 STOP ALL THE CLOCKS 78
We want the world to notice our sorrow and how we cope with the fact that it doesn’t

4 A JUMBLED JOURNEY 105
The chaos of grief and loss and how we navigate the unpredictability

5 THE SAP WILL RISE 140
Grief and loss are part of being human and how we learn to live in the seasons of life

6 HOLDING HANDS 180
Learning to have a different grip through grief and loss

7 THE CADENCE OF LOSS 193
Learning to celebrate the symphony of life in both the major and the minor keys 

8 GOOD GRIEF 213
Learning to walk through sorrow and loss with Jesus

9 THE GOD WHO DOESN’T COME TO US, YET IS ALWAYS THERE 226
Making sense of God’s absence in the midst of our grief and loss

10 REDEEMING OUR SORROW 243
The gift of grief and why it helps us

11 HOPE’S HEARTBEAT 261
The resurrection of Lazarus and why death does not have the last word

12 DEATH’S DEFEAT AND SHARED SORROW 276
Giving God our grief and loss

13 GOD WINS 287
The Christian story does not remove our grief and loss immediately, but it does transfigure them eternally

14 GOD IS ENOUGH 299
The painful lesson of grief and its power to reorder our lives

NOTES 305
TEXT ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 331

Rev Malcolm Duncan F.R.S.A. is Lead Pastor at Dundonald Elim Church, a Pentacostal church located in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Malcolm is the author of Amazon bestselling #Niteblessings and its follow-up More #Niteblessings. He is the Chair of Elim's Ethics and Public Theology Task Force and Theologian-in-Residence for Spring Harvest and Essential Christian. Malcolm regularly helps the British government and other groups to understand the role of church in society. He is deeply committed to serving the poor and excluded. Malcolm is a passionate communicator and he has regularly written, broadcast, taught and lectured on the themes of mission and Christian engagement with society. 

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